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YMCA, American Camp Association Release Guide to Support Summer Camp Safety

"Safety has always been the ruling factor for camp operations, but the arrival of COVID-19 required game-changing educational resources that summarize the potential safety steps camps should consider so children can get back some normalcy and experience the many benefits and joys of camp," said Tom Rosenberg, president and chief executive officer, ACA. "Given months of sheltering in place and the countless hours children have logged on screens during this time, the social-emotional benefits camp can provide are even more crucial to the nation's children now."

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Alliance Collaborative Offers COVID-19 Challenge Course Inspection Grants

The Alliance Collaborative is offering 20 grants for inspection services to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations that offer challenge course programming that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

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IHRSA Outlines Safe Reopening of Clubs Worldwide

IHRSA is working with national fitness industry federations and fitness industry leaders across the globe to ramp up efforts and guidance to help club operators open quickly and safely by working with their national and local governments.

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Minneapolis Named Best City Park System

As state and municipal leaders continue reopening parks and open spaces as the world weathers the COVID-19 pandemic, The Trust for Public Land announced that Minneapolis reclaimed its position as the nation's best park system on the annual ParkScore Index, edging ahead of defending champion Washington, D.C.

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NFHS Offers Guidance on Reopening High School Athletics & Activities

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has released guidance for its 51 member state high school associations to consider in reopening high school athletics and other activity programs across the nation.

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Task Force to Lead Senior Living Transformation After COVID-19

A coalition of prominent industry associations representing all segments of senior living have joined more than 160 industry thought leaders and suppliers to provide guidance for communities throughout North America as they prepare to reopen safely after COVID-19.

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Industry Report: Majority of Ys Plan to Reopen Before August

Industry Report: Majority of Ys Plan to Reopen Before August

In early May, Recreation Management surveyed readers to update the 2020 State of the Industry Report and to find out more about the impact of COVID-19 on recreation, sports and fitness facilities.

According to that survey, a majority of respondents from YMCAs, YWCAs, JCCs and Boys & Girls Clubs were planning to reopen their facilities in May, June or July.

While 38.5% of Y respondents to the COVID-19 Update Survey did not yet know when they would be reopening their facilities, 61.5% said they would be opening before the summer was over. Some 30.8% of Y respondents said they would reopen in May, 28.2% in June and 2.5% in July.

Stay tuned for our June issue, where we'll not only bring you the entire 2020 State of the Industry Report, but also will report on updated data from this latest survey.

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Here are some past stories from Recreation Management related to our main feature above.

Create Community on Campus: Fitness & Wellness in College Recreation Facilities

Campus recreation facilities aim to improve wellness among students on campus, while providing a social hub and place to engage with the entire campus community.

For more information, read Create Community on Campus: Fitness & Wellness in College Recreation Facilities.

A Creative Rec Center Renovation

Faced with austerity measures, the village of Webster, N.Y., explored innovative cost-saving measures to develop a recreation center for the community, ultimately choosing a creative renovation of an existing facility.

For more information, read A Creative Rec Center Renovation.

Splash Into Adventure: Fort Worth Zoo

When the Fort Worth Zoo in Fort Worth, Texas, was looking for an amenity that would attract more visitors and keep them hanging around on hot days, it turned to a creative splash play area.

For more information, read Splash Into Adventure: Fort Worth Zoo.

United We Play: Creating Inclusive Play Spaces

Inclusive playgrounds have come a long way in the past couple of decades. Here, we take a look at how to provide inclusion on the playground and beyond.

For more information, read United We Play: Creating Inclusive Play Spaces.

The New Community Waterfront: Boost Recreation, Revenues, Social Equity & Sustainability

As industrial uses for waterfronts have declined, they have been increasingly reclaimed for recreational use. In this feature, we take a look at how to effectively turn a waterfront into a recreation destination.

For more information, read The New Community Waterfront: Boost Recreation, Revenues, Social Equity & Sustainability.


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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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