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JANUARY 2021 REC REPORT NEWSLETTER

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USA Swimming, U.S. Masters Swimming Partner to Support Learn-to-Swim

The USA Swimming Foundation and U.S. Masters Swimming announced a new philanthropic partnership to grow support for adult learn-to-swim efforts. In January 2021, U.S. Masters Swimming will move its fundraising efforts for adult learn-to-swim programs from its USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation to the USA Swimming Foundation.

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STMA Names 2020 Founders Award Winners

The Sports Turf Managers Association has named recipients of the 2020 Founders' Awards, recognizing those members who have made significant contributions to STMA and to the profession.

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American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Guidance on School Safety

As U.S. schools reach the mid-year of teaching classes during the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidance for school safety based on the latest research.

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NRPA Survey: 9 in 10 U.S. Adults Say Youth Mentorship Is Important

Nine in 10 U.S. adults agree it is important for children and young adults to have access to mentors, including 71% who say it is extremely or very important, according to a newly released National Recreation and Park Association poll.

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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.

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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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SPECIAL NEWS

Free Webinar! Create Healthy Communities With Parks & Splashpads

Feb. 3, 2021, 1 p.m. CST

As demographics, inclusiveness and health concerns evolve, recreational facilities must step up their game to keep communities engaged and active.

This webinar will explore effective community infrastructure through the lens of aquatic play. We'll discover how Splashpads increase park usage, promote inclusion and build social capital that helps communities grow and flourish.

In this presentation, attendees will learn about:

  • The factors that contribute to a park's attractiveness and usage.
  • Accessibility, universal design and inclusive design approaches to Splashpad design.
  • How to apply an inclusive framework to Splashpad design.
  • How Splashpads build social capital and contribute to the welfare of communities.

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INDUSTRY STATS

Aquatic Trends Report: Nearly Two-Thirds Provide Learn-to-Swim for Adults

Aquatic Trends Report: Nearly Two-Thirds Provide Learn-to-Swim for Adults

In February 2021, Recreation Management will publish its annual Aquatic Trends Report. As part of that report, we asked respondents about the programming they provide at their aquatic facilities, including learn-to-swim. Nearly eight out of 10 (79.1%) respondents to the most recent survey said they currently provide learn-to-swim programs. Of those, a substantial majority (96%) provide learn-to-swim programs for reaching children ages 17 and younger. Another 72.4% provide programs for parents and babies or toddlers (such as mommy—or daddy—and me classes). Almost two-thirds (65.2%) provide learn-to-swim programs for adults 18 and up, and 37.6% provide learn-to-swim programs for seniors. Keep an eye out for the February issue to learn more about this and other trends in aquatic facilities.

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


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Featured Stories from RECREATION MANAGEMENT

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.

A Ninja-Worthy Upgrade: Pirates Bay Waterpark in Baytown, Texas

At this Texas aquatic park, a new ninja-inspired course is expected to dramatically boost participation and engagement in the community.

For more information, read A Ninja-Worthy Upgrade: Pirates Bay Waterpark in Baytown, Texas.

Mix It Up: Innovative Accessories Help Pools Expand Programming

A swimming pool can be so much more than a body of water to splash and play in. When you add essential and innovative accessories, you expand access, improve attendance and boost the fun factor.

For more information, read Mix It Up: Innovative Accessories Help Pools Expand Programming.

Waterpark Safety & Risk Management: Waterparks Aim to Stay Safely Afloat

In the wake of COVID-19, many waterparks have managed to reopen, with new practices and guidelines in place to protect patrons and staff from disease.

For more information, read Waterpark Safety & Risk Management: Waterparks Aim to Stay Safely Afloat.

Got Downtime? Upgrade Your Pump Room

Many commercial aquatic facilities have been closed for the summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While you might be missing the guests in your pool, the prolonged shutdown does give aquatic facilities the opportunity to upgrade equipment.

For more information, read Got Downtime? Upgrade Your Pump Room.

EVENTS

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

IAAPA FEC Summit 2021, Jan. 24 to 26 in Scottsdale, Ariz. (www.iaapa.org)
ACA National Conference, Feb. 2 to 4, online (www.acacamps.org)
AOAP Annual Conference & Exposition, Feb. 15 to 18, online (www.aquaticpros.org)
NIRSA 2021 Annual Conference, Feb. 23 to 25, online (www.nirsa.org)
CPRS Conference & Expo, March 22 to 26, online (www.cprs.org/education/conference)

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