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NRPA Launches Mentoring in Parks and Rec

In January, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced a new initiative to expand and support mentoring programs in parks and recreation: Mentoring in Parks and Rec: Connecting Communities, Cultivating Leaders. Throughout the month—which was National Mentoring Month—NRPA released a series of blogs, social media posts and more related to this initiative and the importance of mentoring.

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American Physical Activity Rate Ticks Up

After years of stagnant activity rates, 2019 saw 3 million more Americans take part in some sport or fitness activity, according to the SFIA's annual Topline Participation Report. The report found fitness, outdoor activities and team sports categories showing the most growth.

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Grants Available for Disaster Recovery Assistance

The American Planning Association's Community Planning Assistance Program encourages disaster-affected communities to apply for one of four available grants for technical assistance.

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NFHS Announces Football Rule Revisions

In an effort to eliminate a potential timing advantage gained by the defensive team in high school football, the play clock will be set to 40 seconds when an official's timeout is taken for an injury to a defensive player or a defensive player has an equipment issue, one of six rules revisions announced by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee.

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Women Make History at Super Bowl LIV

While Super Bowl LIV occurred during the NFL's 100th anniversary, it also marked another historic achievement: the first time three female athletic trainers provided medical care during a Super Bowl.

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Pediatricians Offer New PSA on Physical Activity

It's recommended that children and teens get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.

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Teen Programs for Parks & Rec

Teen Programs for Parks & Rec

Among respondents to Recreation Management's Industry Report survey who were from parks and recreation organizations, a growing percentage over the past five years have reported that they are providing teen programming, while the percentage indicating that they plan to add teen programming to their lineup has ranged between one-quarter and one-third of respondents.

In 2015, some 45.7% of parks respondents said they currently offered teen programming. That number jumped to 51.7% in 2018.

In that same time period, the percentage of parks respondents with plans to add programs at their facilities who said they would be adding teen programing ranged from a low of 24% in 2018 to a high of 30.2% in 2016, making it one of the most commonly planned additions in most years.

In 2019, 47.8% of parks respondents said they currently provide teen programs. At the same time, 29% of parks respondents with plans to add programming options at their facilities said they would be adding teen programs.

See our entire State of the Industry Report here.




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Start Small, Grow Big: How to Build a Thriving Pickleball Program

Every once in a while, a sport suddenly surges in popularity, and facilities are left scrambling to figure out how to accommodate demand. Learn more about how you can update your offerings to include pickleball.

For more information, read Start Small, Grow Big: How to Build a Thriving Pickleball Program.

Promoting Healthy Lifestyles

From outdoor fitness zones to obstacle courses, fitness trails and more, the options for promoting health in the great outdoors are extensive.

For more information, read Promoting Healthy Lifestyles.

The Spaces We Share: Landscape Design Pros on Park Design

The best designed parks become destinations for people near and far. Here, we talk to landscape design professionals to find out how to build an engaging and aesthetically pleasing park.

For more information, read The Spaces We Share: Landscape Design Pros on Park Design.

Winter Fun: 10 Events & Activities for Cold Weather

Don't know how to engage your community during the winter months? Get inspired with this list of fun events for all to enjoy.

For more information, read Winter Fun: 10 Events & Activities for Cold Weather.

Go! Tech-Enabled Parks

There's always talk about how to get people to turn off the technology and head outside. But if you can't beat the screen, there are ways you can incorporate it into your parks and facilities.

For more information, read Go! Tech-Enabled Parks.


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ISI Spring Conference & Trade Show, March 23 to 24 in Pasadena, Calif. (

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