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JANUARY 2021 REC REPORT NEWSLETTER

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Park and Recreation Board

Parks & Rec Pros Serve Essential Mentorship Role

Nine out of 10 U.S. adults agree that it's important for kids and young adults to have access to mentors, according to a recent poll released by the National Recreation and Park Association. A majority—71%—said it is extremely or very important.

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REC NEWS

The Alliance Collaborative Rolls Out Membership Program

The Alliance Collaborative is launching a new membership program for professionals in the aerial adventure, challenge course and zip line industries.

For more information, visit Recreation Industry News.

5 Trends for Senior Living Emerge During ICAA Forum

While the fundamental services offered in independent living, assisted living and memory care continued to be provided, by the end of 2020, leaders in senior living were imagining the optimal community that offers the lifestyle and services current residents desire, and the quality-of-life future residents will seek.

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National Park Foundation Grants Expand Local Partner Impact

The National Park Foundation announced that 36 park partner organizations will receive a Strong Parks, Strong Communities capacity building grant.

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U.S. Department of State and National Park Service Partner to Strengthen Fulbright Exchanges

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced the establishment of the Fulbright-National Parks Partnership.

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STMA Announces 2021 Board of Directors

The Sports Turf Managers Association confirmed its 2021 board of directors.

For more information, visit Recreation Industry News.


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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.

For more information, or to register, click here.


Free Webinar! Create Healthy Communities With Parks & Splashpads

INDUSTRY STATS

Parks More Likely to Be Involved in Outreach to Disadvantaged Populations

Parks More Likely to Be Involved in Outreach to Disadvantaged Populations

According to data gathered for Recreation Management's State of the Industry Report, respondents from park districts and departments are more likely to be involved in outreach to disadvantaged populations than non-park respondents.

Nearly half (48.4%) of park respondents said they were involved in outreach initiatives for underserved populations, compared with 41.3% of non-park respondents. The different was similar for outreach initiatives for economically disadvantaged populations, with 47.2% of park respondents affirming their involvement, compared with 41.4% of non-park respondents. Finally, 41.7% of park respondents said they were involved in outreach initiatives for minority populations, compared with 37.3% of non-park respondents.

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


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Here's to Health! Short- & Long-Term Health & Hygiene Strategies

The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on how we look at disease prevention and safety in recreation, sports and fitness facilities. Here, we look at best practices to protect patrons' health while keeping them engaged.

For more information, read Here's to Health! Short- & Long-Term Health & Hygiene Strategies.

2020: The Year of the Dog

Dogs have been the real winners over the past year, as social distancing requirements have kept more people at home with their canine companions. Dog parks have provided the perfect outlet for two- and four-legged friends to socialize.

For more information, read 2020: The Year of the Dog.

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.

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 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.

EVENTS

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

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)
2021 Conference on the Value of Play, March 28 (www.usplaycoalition.org)

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