May 2022

Aquatics Industry Addresses Questions About Drought

Near the end of March, nearly 40% of California was experiencing "extreme drought," and 100% of the state was affected by moderate drought, according to the U.S. drought monitor. Water restrictions are in place, and the state's most critical industries are bracing for impact. The aquatics industry is no exception, and industry professionals have been aiming to get ahead of rumors and myths about pools and drought by proactively sharing facts on water use, and the economic, social and public health implications of the pool and spa industry in California.

Trust for Public Land Releases ParkScore Index, Says Outdoor Space Key to Climate Resilience & Equity

Washington, D.C., was rated the nation's best park system on the 2022 ParkScore index from Trust for Public Land. Saint Paul, Minn., came in second, just ahead of Arlington, Va., and Cincinnati, Ohio, which reached the top five for the first time in ParkScore index history. In addition, Trust for Public Land found that 85% of large U.S. park systems have taken at least one major action to leverage parks to meet the climate crisis, and more than half have taken three or more.

Outdoor Foundation's Thrive Outside Initiative Expands to Four New Communities

The Outdoor Foundation recently added its third cohort of Thrive Outside Communities, growing the initiative to 12 regions nationwide. Chicago, Detroit, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., joined the initiative, which awards multi-year, capacity-building grants to diverse communities, aiming to build and strengthen networks that provide children and families with repeat and reinforcing experiences in the outdoors. The community-led initiative is built with local and national partners and is supported by three years of funding.

Pickleball Celebrated All April Long

USA Pickleball named the month of April as National Pickleball Month, with pickleball ambassadors promoting the sport by scheduling events and social play, as well as promoting tournaments and offering discounts for first-time players. The celebration also aimed to generate interest in the many health, fitness and social benefits of the sport.