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ULI Report: Pandemic Led to Innovation in the Public Realm

The Urban Land Institute's Building Healthy Places Initiative released a report detailing how cities around the world have adapted their public spaces, addressing new challenges and meeting new needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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REC NEWS

Mizzou Introduces Online Fitness Programming, Management Programs

Mizzou's Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology is now accepting applications for a bachelor's and an undergraduate certificate in fitness programming and management.

For more information, visit Recreation Industry News.

NRPA Survey: Most U.S. Adults Support Local Environmental Protection Efforts

Six out of seven U.S. adults are in strong support of local environmental protection efforts typically led by park and recreation professionals and their agencies, according to a newly released National Recreation and Park Association poll.

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Biden Admin's Infrastructure Goals Demand Investment in Trails, Walking and Biking

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy responded to the Biden Administration's American Jobs Plan, saying that while the plan tackles issues of bicyclist and pedestrian safety, it also needs to invest in creating connected active-transportation routes so that people can routinely walk and bike.

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Wisconsin Report Highlights Important Role of Camp Industry

A new study conducted by Neighborhood Analytics LLC in Wauwatosa, Wis., and the Strategic Research Institute at St. Norbert's College in De Pere, Wis., focuses on the 348 day and overnight camps in Wisconsin that annually serve more than 600,000 campers.

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Outdoor Industry Association Reports on the 'New Outdoor Participant'

Outdoor Industry Association released exclusive insights about Americans' engagement in outdoor activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SPECIAL NEWS

Free Webinar! Addressing Park Restroom Needs in 2021 & Beyond

April 21, 2021
2 p.m. EDT

As you consider adding restroom structures to your parks, sporting venues and recreational sites, you have to take many factors into account, from recent trends in gender-neutral restrooms to important health and safety considerations.

This webinar will examine the impact of the pandemic on restrooms, and will provide an overview of possible solutions to a variety of challenges. We'll talk about how you can improve park visitors' experience with well-designed restroom solutions while addressing concerns around security, inclusion and health.

In this presentation, attendees will learn about:

  • The impact of COVID-19 on park restrooms.
  • Safety, security and inclusion in park restrooms.
  • Restroom building solutions to meet a wide variety of site challenges.

To register, click here.


Free Webinar! Addressing Park Restroom Needs In 2021 & Beyond

INDUSTRY STATS

Many Organizations Took Programs Online, Provided Outreach, as COVID-19 Hit

Many Organizations Took Programs Online, Provided Outreach, as COVID-19 Hit

Outdoor parks and recreation areas become a boon to a public itching to get out amidst rising COVID-19 case numbers this year. But that's not the only way parks helped. Parks, recreation organizations and others also stepped up to provide crucial services to their members and citizens.

Two-thirds (66.7%) of respondents to Recreation Management's COVID-19 Update Survey in early May 2020 said they were providing online fitness and wellness programming as a result of COVID-19. This was by far the most commonly deployed type of program respondents were involved in after the pandemic forced the closure of many facilities.

The second most common program respondents were involved in was addressing food insecurity in their communities. Some 39% of respondents to the Update Survey said they had developed programs to address food insecurity as a result of COVID-19.

More than one-quarter (25.8%) said they were providing educational and other support to out-of-school children, while 11.9% were providing similar outreach and support for college students.

Around one-fifth (20.6%) said they were providing childcare programs for essential workers, and 9% said some of their existing facilities had been converted for healthcare use.

See our entire State of the Industry Report here.


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Featured Stories from RECREATION MANAGEMENT

Here are some past stories from Recreation Management.

Going Green, Sustaining Momentum: Park Designs Focus on Sustainability, Equity

Parks departments have an opportunity to step up and contribute to the health and success of their communities.

For more information, read Going Green, Sustaining Momentum: Park Designs Focus on Sustainability, Equity.

Transforming a Historic Y

As part of the Gateway Region YMCA's strategic plan and capital development initiative, the Bayer YMCA underwent a $2.5 million renovation, bringing its offerings in line with modern demand.

For more information, read Transforming a Historic Y.

A Better Future: Safe Public Restroom Practices & Design

In a time when everyone is focused on disease prevention and safety, park restrooms should be designed to protect patrons' health and well-being.

For more information, read A Better Future: Safe Public Restroom Practices & Design.

Safer Sports: The Best Ways to Keep Sports & Fitness Activities Going During a Pandemic

Bringing people together for sports and activities is all part of the day's work, but in the midst of a pandemic, it can be tricky to figure out what's safest.

For more information, read Safer Sports: The Best Ways to Keep Sports & Fitness Activities Going During a Pandemic.

A Safe Space: Playground Safety Basics & Beyond

From careful design and manufacturing through installation and use, safer playgrounds are made possible through continual innovation and ongoing maintenance.

For more information, read A Safe Space: Playground Safety Basics & Beyond.

EVENTS

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

NAYDO 2021, April 13 to 15 (www.naydo.org)
SHAPE America 2021 National Convention & Expo, April 13 to 17 (www.shapeamerica.org)
ISI Spring Conference & Trade Show, April 19 to 20 (www.skateisi.org)
Amusement Expo International 2021, May 5 to 7 (www.amusementexpo.org)
ACSM Annual Meeting, June 1 to 5 (www.acsmannualmeeting.org)

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