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MAY 2021 REC REPORT NEWSLETTER

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$150 Million in Grants Will Create Parks, Expand Recreation Opportunities

The Department of the Interior announced that the National Park Service will distribute $150 million to local communities through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) grant program. The program, established in 2014, enables urban communities to create new outdoor recreation spaces, reinvigorate existing parks, and form connections between people and the outdoors in economically underserved communities.

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REC NEWS

PHTA Releases Survey on Public's Attitude Toward Reopening Public Pools

With the weather warming and vaccinations surging, public pools are starting to reopen, and a growing number of Americans are making plans to take the plunge. But a new survey finds that swimmers are divided on whether those pools will offer a refreshing respite from the pandemic.

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Community Gyms Coalition, IHRSA Commend Bill to Rebuild Fitness Industry

The Community Gyms Coalition and IHRSA applauded the bipartisan introduction of the GYMS Act in the Senate by Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.). The GYMS Act would provide direct support to rebuild the devastated fitness industry and save small gyms, fitness studios and fitness facilities from bankruptcy.

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2021 Finalists Announced for National Gold Medal in Parks and Recreation Management

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), announced the finalists for the 2021 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

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Rails-to-Trails Releases Survey Data on Celebrate Trails Day

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy announced results from its latest survey of outdoor activity showing the role the nation's trails can serve in helping Americans become more physically active, a goal that can help reduce the risk of at least 20 chronic diseases and conditions.

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PHTA Board Dedicates $500,000 to Fund Swimming Lessons

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) board of directors recently committed to donating $500,000 to Step Into Swim, PHTA's drowning prevention initiative.

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INDUSTRY STATS

Park Respondents More Likely Than Others to Be Planning Construction

Park Respondents More Likely Than Others to Be Planning Construction

After climbing fairly steadily for a number of years, the number of park respondents to Recreation Management's 2021 Industry Report Survey who reported plans for construction fell in 2021, as did the number of respondents in general who were planning construction. That said, park respondents were still far more likely than non-park respondents to indicate that they had such plans. Some 71.8% of park respondents said they were planning construction, down from 80.8% in early 2020. This compares with just 59.7% of non-park respondents who said they have construction plans in 2021. Park respondents were most likely to be planning renovations at their facilities (55.2%), while 32.9% were planning new construction, and 32.9% were planning to make additions to their existing facilities.

To find out more about the responses to this year's Industry Report survey, stay tuned for the June 2021 issue of Recreation Management, where we'll report the full results.

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

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Hindsight Is 2020: Landscape Trends That Are Making a Difference

The coronavirus pandemic has presented unique challenges to recreation, sports and fitness facilities, leading to innovations in design for what's outside.

For more information, read Hindsight Is 2020: Landscape Trends That Are Making a Difference.

Monetize Your Community Dog Parks

Dog parks have become a tremendously popular amenity, and there are ways you can jump on that bandwagon and boost your bottom line.

For more information, read Monetize Your Community Dog Parks.

Entice the Adventurous: Build Interest & Community With Climbing Walls & Ninja Courses

Fitness facilities and rec centers are always looking for new and engaging ways to get people in the door and keep them coming back, and climbing walls and ninja courses provide that one-two punch of physical and mental stimulation.

For more information, read Entice the Adventurous: Build Interest & Community With Climbing Walls & Ninja Courses.

Taking Football Support to the Next Level

The Fertitta Football Complex at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, recently got an upgrade to its training center with more advanced equipment and flooring.

For more information, read Taking Football Support to the Next Level.

All-Access Spaces: Locker Rooms Feature Inclusiveness, Increased Safety

Locker rooms have come a long way, with modern designs that are more inclusive and aesthetically pleasing, as well as being easier to maintain.

For more information, read All-Access Spaces: Locker Rooms Feature Inclusiveness, Increased Safety.

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)
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)
IHRSA 2021, Oct. 13 to 15 (www.ihrsa.org)

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