April 2021

Outdoor Industry Association Paints Picture of the New Outdoor Participant

The Outdoor Industry Association recently released insights about Americans' engagement in outdoor activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The special report examines demographics and psychographics of the new outdoor participant—defined as someone who participated in an outdoor activity for the first time during the pandemic or after a significant lapse.

NRPA Introduces New Resource Aimed at Eliminating Health Inequities

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has released a new resource: Elevating Health Equity Through Parks and Recreation: A Framework for Action. Developed in collaboration with Epic Health Solutions, the interactive framework guides local park and recreation professionals through the process of applying an equity lens to system-wide operations, programs and services.

ULI Report: Pandemic Led to Innovation in the Public Realm

The Urban Land Institute’s Building Healthy Places Initiative released a report detailing how cities around the world have adapted their public spaces, addressing new challenges and meeting new needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nation's Pediatricians Provide New Guidance on Summer Camp Safety

Summer is on its way, and in 2021, summer camp and day camp programs can provide a welcome opportunity for kids to engage in outdoor sports, play and connect with friends, and take part in creative activities that have been on hold for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To guide parents, camp directors and pediatricians in creating safe camp environments, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued newly updated interim guidance to help protect the health of camp attendees, staff and the community at large.