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NOVEMBER 2020 REC REPORT NEWSLETTER

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Study Highlights Parks & Rec's Role in Youth Sports

A new report from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) shows that parks and recreation professionals and the agencies they work for are essential providers of youth sports in communities across the country. The five most popular youth sports affiliated with parks and recreation are basketball, baseball/softball, soccer, football (including flag and peewee) and volleyball. Other popular youth sports include tennis, swimming and diving, track and field, gymnastics and cheerleading.

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REC NEWS

Keep America Beautiful Encourages Individuals to Join Recycling Effort

Individual recycling action and behavior are themes of this year's America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful national program dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States.

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American Camp Association Aims to Promote Access & Inclusion

The American Camp Association announced a new project that includes a grant program designed to foster evidence-informed planning, testing and improving initiatives to increase access to and engagement in counselor-in-training programs and other qualified leadership programs among young people with diverse backgrounds, abilities and identities.

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Bureau of Economic Analysis Data Shows Impact of Outdoor Recreation

New data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis demonstrates that outdoor recreation contributes to the economies of all 50 states, accounting for 2.1% of current-dollar GDP.

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NRPA Recognizes Spokane Parks & Recreation

The National Recreation & Park Association recognized the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department in Spokane, Wash., with its Best in Innovation Award.

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Voters Approve $3.7 Billion for Parks, Climate Resiliency & Public Lands

According to a Trust for Public Land analysis, on Election Day, voters approved nearly $3.7 billion in new funding for parks, climate resiliency and public lands.

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INDUSTRY STATS

Youth Sports Programs Are Popular in Parks


Youth Sports Programs Are Popular in Parks

According to Recreation Management's State of the Industry Report, the percentage of park respondents offering youth sports programs reached a high of 75.6% in 2018 before dropping slightly over the following two years.

In 2016, 69.3% of park respondents said they provided youth sports programs. This number increased to 69.6% in 2017, then jumped to 75.6% in 2018.

In 2019, 72.7% of park respondents said they provided youth sports programs. And in 2020, 70.2% said they currently offer youth sports programs.

In 2020, 13.9% of park respondents said they were planning to add youth sports to their programming lineup over the next several years.

To see the State of the Industry Report, go to: https://recmanagement.com/issue-content/202006.


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Comeback Kids: Youth Sports Programming Amidst a Pandemic

Navigating youth sports in the middle of a pandemic requires careful attention to health measures and more. Learn about how some facilities have managed to bring kids back for a positive and safe sports experience.

For more information, read Comeback Kids: Youth Sports Programming Amidst a Pandemic.

The Play's the Thing: New Innovations on the Playground

From more inclusion to greater adventure, playground manufacturers are innovating to improve the play experience for everyone.

For more information, read The Play's the Thing: New Innovations on the Playground.

Get Kids Moving Again

The CDC has recognized that young people are becoming increasingly sedentary—and that was before COVID-19. The American Council on Exercise recently brought fitness and health experts together to offer some guidance.

For more information, read Get Kids Moving Again.

Designing Inclusive Play on Splash Pads

Incorporating inclusive design into splash play areas is natural, and essential to serve the needs of your community.

For more information, read Designing Inclusive Play on Splash Pads.

Grounded in Best Practices: High-Demand Outdoor Spaces Require Smart Management

Some parks got a chance to use lockdowns to spruce things up, while others remained open and were busier than ever. Either way, grounds maintenance is an ongoing task.

For more information, read Grounded in Best Practices: High-Demand Outdoor Spaces Require Smart Management.

EVENTS

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

STMA's Annual Conference & Exposition, Jan. 12 to 14, online (www.stma.org)
ACA National Conference, Feb. 2 to 4, online (www.acacamps.org)
AOAP Annual Conference & Exposition, Feb. 15 to 18, online (www.aquaticpros.org)
CPRS Conference & Expo, March 22 to 26, online (www.cprs.org/education/conference)

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