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People's Choice Awards Honors Whirligig Park in North Carolina

The American Planning Association (APA) has announced the winners of the annual People's Choice Awards, which honors Great Places in America. Individuals are invited to offer suggestions via APA's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds, with final voting taking place at the APA website. This year's top designee is Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Wilson, N.C. Other top vote-getters included Nicollet Commons Park in Burnsville, Minn., and Davis Square in Somerville, Mass. They join 300 other public spaces, neighborhoods and streets honored by APA since the program's launch in 2007.

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ASBA Honors Distinguished Sports Facilities

The American Sports Builders Association has announced the winners of its annual awards, presented each year to facilities built by ASBA members that best exemplify construction excellence.

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Updated Athletic Equality Index Shows Progress for LGBTQ Inclusivity

Athlete Ally released the updated version of its historic 2017 Athletic Equality Index, a ranking and reporting of the LGBTQ inclusiveness of all 65 member institutions of the NCAA's Power 5 conferences.

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Corporate Support Elevates National Park Foundation Impact

From protecting America's national parks to connecting people to all they have to offer to engaging the next generation of national park champions, the National Park Foundation's corporate partners help make so much possible for the national parks community.

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Park Service Seeks Input to Increase Access

The National Park Service (NPS) announced it is seeking the public's assistance to develop a list of national park lands that would benefit from new or increased access routes.

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PHTA University Announces Upcoming Classes

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) announced its PHTA University 2019/2020 winter training schedule that includes in-person courses across the country, instructor-led courses and 24/7/365 online self-paced courses.

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Arts & Crafts Programs

Arts & Crafts Programs

According to Recreation Management's 2019 State of the Industry Report, nearly half—47%—of all respondents currently offer some sort of arts and crafts programming at their facilities. But, when you look at the data according to different types of organizations, you can see that some are much more likely to provide arts and crafts.

Arts and crafts programming is most popular among respondents from parks and recreation organizations, camp facilities and Ys and other similar nonprofit facilities. Some 62.1% of park respondents said they currently provide arts and crafts programs, followed by camps (61.1%) and Ys (60.3%). More than half of rec center respondents—50.9%—also said they provide arts and crafts programming.

Arts and crafts programs were least likely to be found in college facilities, where only 10.9% of respondents said they currently include such programs. Arts and crafts programs were similarly offered by smaller numbers of respondents from health clubs (12.5%) and school districts (24.4%).

Be sure to stay tuned to your email for our 2020 State of the Industry Survey! We'll be asking for your responses in January 2020, and we can't put together this valuable source of data and trends without your help.

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United in Play: The Latest Playgrounds Are for Everyone

Multigenerational play—with elements for keeping families active together—is one of the driving forces in the most recent playground designs, but that's not all. Playground manufacturers continue to innovate on inclusion, nature-connected play and more.

For more information, read United in Play: The Latest Playgrounds Are for Everyone.

Tampa Bay Rays Improve Weather Safety

In September 2018, the Tampa Bay Rays saw an impressive crowd showing up for a game with the New York Yankees, when a lightning strike led to a momentary loss of power. Now, real-time weather alerts allow the stadium to better plan.

For more information, read Tampa Bay Rays Improve Weather Safety.

Great Escapes: Provide Respite & Relaxation With Shelters & Shade Structures

From elaborate structures that serve as park centerpieces to simpler shelters that offer an easy way to get out of the weather, we cover all the ways shelters and shade structures can help improve your site.

For more information, read Great Escapes: Provide Respite & Relaxation With Shelters & Shade Structures.

A Splashing Good Time: Inclusive & Multigenerational Splash Play

Splash play areas continue to evolve, with more ways to make sure people of all ages and abilities can have fun and cool off.

For more information, read A Splashing Good Time: Inclusive & Multigenerational Splash Play.

Leveraging Technology

From recreation management software to social media tools, parks and recreation facilities are improving the way they operate and how they get the word out about programs, special events and more.

For more information, read Leveraging Technology.


Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

2020 STMA Conference & Exhibition, Jan. 13 to 16 in West Palm Beach, Fla. (
2020 IAPD/IPRA Annual Conference, Jan. 23 to 25 in Chicago (
IAAPA FEC Summit 2020, Jan. 26 to 28 in Stone Mountain, Ga. (
2020 ACA National Conference, Feb. 11 to 14 in San Diego (
AOAP 9th Annual Conference & Exposition, Feb. 17 to 20 in Frisco, Texas (

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