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Research Supports Safe Camp Operations During Pandemic

A new study from the American Camp Association of 486 camps that served 90,000 campers found that only 30 campers had confirmed COVID-19 cases in 2020, a direct result of the summer camp industry's focus on developing leading-edge child safety standards from the earliest days of the pandemic.

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New COVID-19 Report Highlights Need for Additional Parks & Rec Investment

In the past year, park and recreation agencies have stepped in to fill critical roles in their communities—establishing shelters, providing food, supporting learning, aiding testing sites and vaccine distribution, and much more.

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Legislation Calls for Historic Investment in Local Parks

Legislation was recently introduced in the U.S House of Representatives calling for a historic $500 million investment in local parks, championing the movement led by the Trust for Public Land with more than 200 community organizations and businesses to improve park and outdoor equity in the United States.

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Major Health, Education, Child Welfare Organizations Oppose Anti-LGBTQ Legislation

Major health, education and child welfare organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, recently issued a statement opposing bills introduced in state legislatures that would directly harm transgender youth.

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NAEYC Lauds $39B in Child Care and Family Relief in American Rescue Plan

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) joined millions of early childhood educators, families and business owners in applauding the passage of the American Rescue Plan, which includes a historic $39 billion in child care relief.

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IAAPA Springs Forward With Full Events Calendar

IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, has developed a global schedule of in-person and virtual events that present ongoing opportunities for industry professionals around the world to learn, share best practices, increase revenue and make new connections.

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SPECIAL NEWS — We Need Your Help!

What Do You Need to Know About Fitness Programs & Spaces?

Recreation Management's webinar series provides a range of educational discussions to help you operate your facility more effectively. Help us determine the best topics to cover!

Which of the following topics are you most interesting in learning more about?

  • How to adjust my fitness facility to the 'new normal'
  • How to re-imagine my fitness space to boost interest and engagement
  • What kinds of fitness programs I should be considering as people return to facilities
  • How to keep my fitness patrons safe

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Health Clubs in 2021 More Likely to Report They've Worked to Reduce Operating Costs

Health Clubs in 2021 More Likely to Report They've Worked to Reduce Operating Costs

While a majority of health club respondents to Recreation Management's 2020 Industry Report survey said they had taken action over the past year to reduce their operating costs, in the wake of the pandemic, far more of these respondents said they had taken such action.

In 2020, 81.1% of health club respondents reported that they had taken some action to reduce their operating expenses, while in 2021, 91.9% had taken such actions. The most common action taken in both years was reducing staff. However, in 2020, 45.9% of health club respondents said they had cut staff to save costs, while in 2021, 70.3% said they had taken this action. At the same time, health club respondents in 2021 were far less likely than those in 2020 to report that they had increased their fees—18.9% in 2021 vs. 45.9% in 2020.

We'll be reporting the full results of the 2021 survey in the June 2021 issue of Recreation Management.

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Here are some past stories from Recreation Management.

Making the Most of Public-Private Partnerships

If you want to ensure your park district or department can expand its reach as far as possible, partnering with outside organizations is one path to success. Creating park foundations and friends groups is a smart way to do more with less.

For more information, read Making the Most of Public-Private Partnerships.

Fitness Trends to Watch

If 2020 taught us anything, it's that the future is unpredictable, but ACE experts have talked to fitness professionals to get an idea of a few trends to keep an eye on this year.

For more information, read Fitness Trends to Watch.

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.


Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

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 (
NAYDO 2021, April 13 to 15 (
SHAPE America 2021 National Convention & Expo, April 13 to 17 (

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