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MAY 2021 REC REPORT NEWSLETTER

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Keep America Beautiful Releases Study on Litter in America

Keep America Beautiful released data from its 2020 study on litter in America. The Keep America Beautiful 2020 National Litter Study provides a comprehensive understanding of the quantity, composition and sources of litter along roadways, waterways and in non-roadway areas across the United States.

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REC NEWS

National Park Foundation Grants Support Hybrid Learning in Parks

Students nationwide will be able to experience national parks in new and exciting ways, thanks to the National Park Foundation's Open OutDoors for Kids Hybrid Learning grant program.

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NFHS Establishes Weight Classes for Girls Wrestling

States will have a choice of 12, 13 or 14 weight classes for both boys and girls competition in high school wrestling, effective with the 2023-24 season.

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PHTA Announces Approval of Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance announced that the American National Standards Institute has approved the ANSI/PHTA/ICC-7 2020 American National Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance in Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs and Catch Basins.

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NAEYC Publishes Book on Lesson Planning to Meet the Needs of Every Child

The National Association for the Education of Young Children announced the publication of Transforming Teaching: Creating Lesson Plans for Child-Centered Learning in Preschool.

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Access Fund Awards Climbing Conservation Grants

Access Fund announced that it has awarded more than $25,000 in Climbing Conservation Grants to support 10 worthy projects across the country—including trail work, parking areas, educational signage, waste management and graffiti removal.

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INDUSTRY STATS

Facility Construction Plans Grew From 2013 to 2020

Facility Construction Plans Grew From 2013 to 2020

The percentage of Industry Report survey respondents planning construction within the next several years has been climbing gradually, from a low of 62.7% in 2013 to 72.9% in 2020. However, the impact of COVID-19 on these construction plans is undoubtable. More than one-third (34.3%) of respondents to the Update Survey in May indicated that they were putting construction plans on hold as a result of the pandemic.

According to the original Industry Report survey, well over half (57.3% of respondents said they were planning to renovate their existing facilities, up from 52.8% in 2019. Another 34.6% were planning to make additions to their facilities, and 31.1% were planning new construction.

Camp respondents were the most likely to report that they had plans for construction. Some 85.3% of camp respondents said they were planning construction, up from 83.6% in 2019. They were followed by parks (80.8% of whom were planning construction), Ys (74.4%) and schools (69.3%). Respondents from colleges were the least likely to be planning construction, though more than half (52.4%) indicated they had such plans. They were followed by health clubs (59.5%) and rec centers (62.4%).

Curious to know what respondents are planning in 2021? Stay tuned for our June issue, where we'll present the 2021 State of the Industry Report.

To see the 2020 State of the Industry Report, go to: https://recmanagement.com/issue-content/202006.


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Water Works: Staying on Top of Aquatic Maintenance

The process to keep the water safe involves constant diligence and knowledge in chemicals, sanitization methods, air handling, mechanical systems and more. And beyond the water there are many other maintenance considerations.

For more information, read Water Works: Staying on Top of Aquatic Maintenance.

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.

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.

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!

ACSM Annual Meeting, June 1 to 5 (www.acsmannualmeeting.org)
Amusement Expo International 2021, June 29 to July 1 (www.amusementexpo.org)
IHRSA 2021, Sept. 20 to 22 (www.ihrsa.org)
NRPA 2021 Annual Conference, Sept. 21 to 23 (www.nrpa.org/conference)
NSGA 2021 Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit, Sept. 26 to 28 (www.nsga.org)

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