May 2021

$150 Million in Grants Will Create Parks, Expand Recreation Opportunities

The Department of the Interior announced that the National Park Service will distribute $150 million to local communities through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) grant program. The program, established in 2014, enables urban communities to create new outdoor recreation spaces, reinvigorate existing parks, and form connections between people and the outdoors in economically underserved communities.

CPSC Awards More Than $860,000 in Pool Safely Grants

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced five awardees of a grant program aimed at preventing pool and spa drownings and drain entrapments. The state and local governments, selected by CPSC, will receive more than $860,000 in Pool Safely Grant program funds. This funding will provide financial assistance for education, training and enforcement of pool safety requirements that are intended to save lives and prevent serious injuries.

Leading Aquatic Organizations Champion Water Safety

A coalition of water safety partners, including the American Red Cross, the National Recreation and Park Association, the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance and the World Waterpark Association, along with dozens of other water safety groups, are working together to promote the month of May as National Water Safety Month. National Water Safety Month engages the public to raise awareness about water safety and highlights the importance of public education regarding safer practices for kids and adults when they're in and around water.

Keep America Beautiful Releases Study on Litter in America

Keep America Beautiful released data from its 2020 study on litter in America. The Keep America Beautiful 2020 National Litter Study provides a comprehensive understanding of the quantity, composition and sources of litter along roadways, waterways and in non-roadway areas across the United States.