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MARCH 2020 REC REPORT NEWSLETTER

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3 Million More Americans Got Active in 2019, Says SFIA

In 2019, 3 million more Americans took part in some sport or fitness activity, after years of stagnant rates, according to the recent Topline Participation Report from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. According to the report, outdoor activities, fitness and team sports showed the largest growth percentages.

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REC NEWS

NRPA Issues Statement on Safe Use of Parks & Open Space

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) prepared a statement in support of the safe use of parks and open spaces during the COVID-19 outbreak, with hundreds of organizations signing on to voice support.

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Park Service Modifies Operations to Implement Health Guidance

The National Park Service is taking extraordinary steps to implement the latest guidance from the White House, CDC and local and state authorities to promote social distancing.

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Keep America Beautiful Postpones Great American Cleanup

Keep America Beautiful announced the postponement of the 23rd annual Great American Cleanup.

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YMCA Launches Free Online Classes

A new, online community program, YMCA 360, allows participants to stay connected and active, even when they can't visit the Y.

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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Studies 200-Mile Trail Between Cleveland and Pittsburgh

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), alongside its regional partners, released findings and recommendations from a study outlining the path forward in connecting Cleveland and Pittsburg by trail.

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INDUSTRY STATS

Fitness Amenities

Fitness Amenities

According to Recreation Management's 2019 State of the Industry Report, nearly half (48.6%) of respondents said they currently included a fitness center among their amenities. This was down slightly from 2018, when 49.1% of respondents said they had a fitness center.

At the same time, 12.5% of 2019 respondents said they were currently planning to add a fitness center to their facility, down from 16.3% who had such plans in 2018.

Outdoor fitness areas have seen an impressive rise over the past decade. And, indeed, in 2019, nearly one-quarter (24.6%) of Industry Report respondents said their facilities currently included an outdoor fitness area or fitness trail, up from 19.7% in 2018.

The percentage of respondents who were planning to add outdoor fitness also increased, from 16.4% in 2018 to 17.1% in 2019.

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Featured Stories from RECREATION MANAGEMENT

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Get Smart: Locker Rooms in the New Decade

Locker rooms may not be the face of your facility, but they certainly make an impression. To make sure that impression is good, add little luxuries, ensure security and keep it clean and well-maintained.

For more information, read Get Smart: Locker Rooms in the New Decade.

Fitness Trends in Rising Generations

For millennials and even generation Z, things like eco-friendly workouts and socializing with others while staying fit are important.

For more information, read Fitness Trends in Rising Generations.

Unified Wellness & Health

Learn more about how Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., vastly expanded its fitness and recreation offerings.

For more information, read Unified Wellness & Health.

Fitness for Life: An Expanding Audience & Other Fitness Trends

To ensure you're attracting as many potential exercisers as possible, you need to stay on top of the latest fitness trends—and know which ones are likely to expire soon.

For more information, read Fitness for Life: An Expanding Audience & Other Fitness Trends.

Be Well: Multipurpose Recreation Centers Take a Broader Approach to Wellness

Whether it's a parks and recreation 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 a Broader Approach to Wellness.

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Sustainability by Design: Rethinking the Community Splashpad

As splashpads continue to hold the No. 1 spot for most commonly planned park addition, it is essential to approach their design, maintenance and lifecycle through the lens of sustainability.

This presentation serves as a playbook for sustainable splashpad design. Gain powerful insight into new design trends, demographic needs, play-value optimization, innovative energy and resource management, and emerging technologies that are helping facilities maximize lifecycle, minimize maintenance and plan for the future.

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