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FEBRUARY 2020 REC REPORT NEWSLETTER

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RTC Shares Progress Toward Completing Great American Rail-Trail

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) recently revealed that nearly $13 million in funding has been secured for segments of the Great American Rail-Trail across four states. This investment will help close trail gaps and improve existing sections of trail along the 3,700-mile route, which is currently 52% complete. In addition, RTC indicated that nearly 100 miles of new trail along the route are expected to be completed in 2020.

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PHTA Announces American National Standard Revision

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) announced a revision to American National Standard Institute (ANSI)/APSP/ICC-14 2014 Standard for Portable Electric Spa Energy Efficiency.

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CMAHC Announces New Technical Director

The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) welcomes Dewey Case as its new technical director.

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Orlando Grand Avenue Park Marks 10th NRPA Parks Build Community Project

The National Recreation and Park Association and the City of Orlando Families, Parks and Recreation Department announced that Grand Avenue Park has been chosen for the 10th NRPA Parks Build Community project.

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YMCA of the USA Teams With Lyft to Expand Access to Bikeshare

YMCA of the USA and Lyft announced a new effort to expand bikeshare access and equity across the country.

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Grant Supports Program Quality Initiative in Summer Camps

Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded a $991,800 grant to the American Camp Association to explore and develop systems that support camp professionals in promoting positive youth development through camp experiences.

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INDUSTRY STATS

Bike Trails Holding Steady

Bike Trails Holding Steady

Over the past five years, the percentage of respondents to Recreation Management's Industry Report survey who currently have bike trails has remained fairly consistent—around three in 10 respondents—while the percentage of those planning to add bike trails has also remained relatively consistent, around one in 10.

In 2015, 27.1% of Industry Report survey respondents said they currently included bike trails among their amenities, while 13.3% of those with plans to make additions said they would be adding bike trails.

2017 saw the highest percentage of respondents reporting they currently included bike trails—29.7%—and also the lowest percentage of respondents planning to add bike trails—9.8%.

In 2019, some 29.6% of respondents said they currently included bike trails among their amenities, up slightly from 28.1% in 2018. And in both years, 11% of respondents who had plans to make additions at their facilities said they would be adding bike trails.

What will 2020's survey results reveal? We'll find out and report all the results in June!

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Be Well: Multipurpose Recreation Centers Take Broader Approach to Wellness

Whether it's a park community center, a YMCA or a college rec center, multipurpose facilities have evolved in similar ways over the past decade. They all share a mission to build a community of wellness.

For more information, read Be Well: Multipurpose Recreation Centers Take Broader Approach to Wellness.

Tailored to Teens: Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson, Mo.

The community of Ferguson, Mo., may have endured a tumultuous past, but with a new Teen Center of Excellence built by the Boys & Girls Club, it's got a new foundation to build a better future.

For more information, read Tailored to Teens: Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson, Mo..

A Path Toward Conservation: The Environmental Benefits of Trails & Greenways

Thoughtfully planned trails and greenways can provide myriad conservation benefits—from preserving ecosystems to providing a pollution-free way for commuters to get from here to there.

For more information, read A Path Toward Conservation: The Environmental Benefits of Trails & Greenways.

Tampa Bay Rays Improve Weather Safety

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

AOAP 9th Annual Conference & Exposition, Feb. 17 to 20 in Frisco, Texas (www.aquaticpros.org)
2020 MPRA Conference & Expo, Feb. 18 to 21 in Lake Ozark, Mo. (www.mopark.org)
Texas Recreation & Park Society Institute & Expo, Feb. 24 to 28 in Galveston, Texas (www.traps.org)
Amusement Expo International 2020, March 9 to 11 in New Orleans, La. (www.amusementexpo.org)
2020 CPRS Conference & Expo, March 10 to 13 in Long Beach, Calif. (www.cprs.org)

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