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New Appropriations Act Boosts City Park Funding

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The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on Dec. 27, 2020, is well known for its aim to provide relief for the unemployed, businesses and others affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but it also includes a boost in funding for city parks. The bill includes $125 million for the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP), which represents an increase of $100 million over last year's funding level. This historic investment in local parks is the largest in the history of the ORLP program.

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ASBA to Create New 'Courts' Division

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for designers, builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has made the decision to combine its Tennis and Courts & Recreation divisions into one 'Courts' division in 2021.

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Survey Shows Open Childcare Centers Are Struggling

Childcare providers across the United States are facing an unsustainable reality without significant public investment, according to a new national survey conducted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a leading advocate for high-quality early childhood education.

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Report Shows Decade of Growth for Health Clubs, Gyms & Studios

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association released the 2020 IHRSA Health Club Consumer Report, which discusses health club member growth and trends over the past decade, along with the impact of the pandemic on fitness consumers.

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AAP Policy Details Growing Child Life Services at Hospitals, Clinics and, Now, Camps

Child life programs, which help doctors and nurses engage children through play, talk and other tools to prepare them for healthcare and recovery, are growing across the country as research shows these programs are effective in delivering care and containing costs.

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Study Produces Data for Return to Performing Arts Activities

In its ongoing task of identifying ways to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on performing arts activities, a third set of preliminary results has been released in an aerosol study commissioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and a coalition of more than 125 performing arts organizations.

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Rec Centers, Ys & Parks See Social Equity as an Industry Concern

Rec Centers, Ys & Parks See Social Equity as an Industry Concern

When it comes to social equity and access to recreation, sports and fitness facilities, respondents to Recreation Management's Industry Report survey who see it as a top concern were most likely to be from rec centers, Ys and parks. More than one in 10 respondents (10.7%) to the survey named social equity a top concern.

Among rec center respondents, 13.6% indicated that social equity is a top concern or issue for them. They were followed closely by respondents from Ys and parks, 12.9% and 12% of whom, respectively, said this was a top concern or issue.

Social equity was least likely to be named a top concern by respondents from health clubs and camps. Just 2.8% of health club respondents and 5.6% of camp respondents said social equity was among their top issues or challenges in 2020.

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Here are some past stories from Recreation Management.

Safer Swimming, Safer Breathing: Managing Water & Air Quality

Good water quality (and subsequently, good air quality) are the cornerstone of a healthy aquatic facility—and the health of swimmers and staff.

For more information, read Safer Swimming, Safer Breathing: Managing Water & Air Quality.

Play & Social Equity

A recent Voice of Play survey found that 88% of parents agree that outdoor play helps children cope with the mental impacts of social injustice in the United States. Here's a look at the survey, and how playgrounds help foster inclusiveness.

For more information, read Play & Social Equity.

Fresh Air & Exercise: For Public Health, Prescribe Outdoor Fitness Areas

Outdoor fitness areas have become increasingly popular over the past decade, and now that many folks are eschewing indoor exercise, these essential amenities will only become more popular.

For more information, read Fresh Air & Exercise: For Public Health, Prescribe Outdoor Fitness Areas.

Get Ready for Pickleball

The sport of pickleball has seen a huge surge in popularity over the past few years. Find out why this sport is so hot, and learn more about what it takes to bring courts to your facility.

For more information, read Get Ready for Pickleball.

The Road to Reopening: Getting Back to Business, Safely

We talked to industry leaders to find out their advice and examples of approaches to take when reopening facilities.

For more information, read The Road to Reopening: Getting Back to Business, Safely.


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