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Outdoor Participation Up Significantly, Says Topline Data From Outdoor Foundation

The Outdoor Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Outdoor Industry Association, released topline data from its forthcoming Outdoor Participation Report, supporting what has been reported anecdotally for the past year: Americans found respite and solace from pandemic restrictions by increasing their time outdoors, participating in activities such as trail running, hiking, camping, fishing and biking.

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Participate in CMAHC's Education Survey

The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) has recently formed an Education Committee with the goal of creating training programs and courses for the aquatics industry based on the CDC Model Aquatic Health Code, and is looking for feedback.

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Biden-Harris Order Restores ORLP, Removes Restrictions on Conservation Projects

Acting Secretary of the Interior Scott de la Vega issued Secretarial Order 3396 on the Land and Water Conservation Fund, removing restrictions on federal conservation projects and restoring the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership, the only LWCF competitive grant program dedicated to addressing the recreational gap in underserved urban areas.

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Keep America Beautiful to Award Community Improvement Grants

Keep America Beautiful has announced the launch of a new national grant program to support communities and its nearly 700-member affiliate network in preventing littering, promoting recycling, and building clean, green and beautiful neighborhoods.

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KaBOOM! Announces Play Everywhere Design Challenge Winners

KaBOOM! and the Built to Play Initiative announced the winners of the Play Everywhere Design Challenge.

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USA Swimming Distributes 12 Inaugural Community Impact Grants

USA Swimming and the USA Swimming Foundation announced a new grant program to increase competitive opportunities, and an inaugural class of 12 recipients will receive $5,000 grants.

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Trails, Outdoor Fitness, Disc Golf Among Most Popular Planned Additions

Trails, Outdoor Fitness, Disc Golf Among Most Popular Planned Additions

When it comes to the amenities parks and other recreation organizations provide to allow for outdoor recreation, walking and hiking trails dominate, followed by bike trails. Some 75.1% of park respondents to Recreation Management's Industry Report Survey in 2020 said they currently included walking and hiking trails among their amenities, and more than half (52.9%) of all respondents said they had walking and hiking trails. Nearly half (48.3%) of park respondents had bike trails, compared with 30.7% of all respondents.

Other common outdoor amenities included: fitness trails and outdoor fitness equipment (included by 34.5% of park respondents and 23.9% of all respondents); disc golf courses (33.7% and 21.8%); waterfronts and marinas (29.7% and 21.3%); and campgrounds (18% and 14.5%).

Looking forward, walking and hiking trails, fitness trails and outdoor fitness equipment, and disc golf courses are among the most commonly planned additions. Some 20% of park respondents (and 14.8% of all respondents) said they would be adding walking and hiking trails in the next several years. And 18.5% of park respondents (14.7% of all respondents) will be adding fitness trails and outdoor fitness equipment. Finally, 14.8% of park respondents (and 12.9% of all respondents) said they would be adding disc golf courses.

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Here are some past stories from Recreation Management.

The Fitness Challenge: Ongoing Adaptations for the Hard-Hit Health Club Industry

Like many businesses, fitness facilities have struggled to stay afloat amidst the rolling closures of the coronavirus pandemic. Staying competitive is more important than ever, which means knowing the latest trends is crucial.

For more information, read The Fitness Challenge: Ongoing Adaptations for the Hard-Hit Health Club Industry.

Wi-Fi-Enabled Parks: Activities and Possibilities

With so many folks carrying smartphones, you can help them engage in more outdoor recreation by providing Wi-Fi-enabled programming at your parks.

For more information, read Wi-Fi-Enabled Parks: Activities and Possibilities.

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.


Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

NIRSA 2021 Annual Conference, Feb. 23 to 25, online (
CPRS Conference & Expo, March 22 to 26, online (
2021 Conference on the Value of Play, March 28 (
2021 National Water Safety Conference, March 29 to April 1 (
ACSM's 2021 International Health & Fitness Summit, April 8 to 11 (

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