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CPSC Announces $2 Million in Grants Available to Help Prevent Drowning, Entrapment

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is seeking applications for the Pool Safely Grant Programs, available to state and local governments. CPSC will award up to a total of $2 million in two-year grants to assist jurisdictions in reducing deaths and injuries from drowning and drain entrapment in pools and spas. The Pool Safely Grant Program is a part of CPSC's national campaign to make drowning and drain entrapment prevention a critical public safety priority.

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Park and Recreation Activities Positively Impact Mental Health & Well-Being

Park and recreation professionals and their agencies play a critical role in helping people of all ages improve and maintain their mental health and well-being, according to a newly released poll from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

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YMCAs Offer Free Drop-In Child Care in Support of Vaccination Access

In support of a White House effort to remove barriers to individuals receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, YMCAs serving more than 500 communities in 38 states are offering free, drop-in child care during vaccination appointments for parents and caregivers who need it.

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NLC 'Ready to Rebuild' Report Shines Spotlight on Infrastructure Needs

The National League of Cities released its new Ready to Rebuild report, featuring in-depth stories that underscore the urgent infrastructure needs of cities, towns and villages across the United States.

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Interior Secretary Deb Haaland Designates 10 New National Recreation Trails

In celebration of National Trails Day on June 5, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced 10 new national recreation trails in eight states, adding more than 160 miles to the National Trails System.

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IAAPA Now Accepting Entries for Awards Programs

IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, is now accepting entries and nominations for its 2021 IAAPA Awards Programs, including IAAPA Hall of Fame Awards, IAAPA Service Awards, IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award and IAAPA Brass Ring Awards.

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Recreation Management 's Free Webinar Educational Series: Power Systems - Reconnect Your Community With Fitness


Free Webinar! Reconnect Your Community With Fitness

June 23, 2021
2 p.m. EDT

Many Americans have seen a dramatic decrease in their activity levels throughout the pandemic, which means the time is ripe for re-engaging communities with fitness classes and other wellness-related activities. In 2021, you have the opportunity to hone your fitness offerings, so that when people return in full force looking for the most effective and engaging workouts, you're ready. Providing the right mix of classes and equipment—and a safe and clean workout space—will be key to getting everyone active again.

This webinar will consider some of the trends in fitness programming before diving into an examination of the best ways to maximize your fitness space to provide wellness and workout programs that will engage every demographic. In this presentation, attendees will learn about:

  • The benefits of exercising in groups, and popular fitness programs by demographics.
  • Creating an effective space for fitness, from a simple refresh of your equipment through ideas for renovations and new construction.
  • Tips for navigating the global fitness equipment shortage, as well as how to protect your investment in equipment.

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Leisure, Lessons & Laps Dominate Aquatic Programming

Leisure, Lessons & Laps Dominate Aquatic Programming

The vast majority—93.3%—of aquatic respondents to the Industry Report survey reported that they provide programming of some kind at their aquatic facilities, which includes everything from swim lessons and water safety training to aquatic exercise and more. This includes 100% of aquatic respondents from Ys and 99.1% of aquatic respondents from colleges. More than nine out of 10 aquatic respondents from schools (96.4%), health clubs (95.5%), and rec centers (95.3%) also said they offer aquatic programming. Slightly fewer respondents from parks (89.3%) and camps (88.2%) said they provide programming at their aquatic facilities.

While leisure swim time dominates program offerings (with 83% of respondents providing time for leisure swim), it is followed closely by learn-to-swim programs for children (75.6%) and lap swimming (74.3%). More than seven out of 10 (71.5%) respondents also said they provide lifeguard training at their aquatic facilities.

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Here are some past stories from Recreation Management.

Trends in Aquatic Facilities

This section of Recreation Management's State of the Industry Report takes a deep dive into aquatic facility trends, including indoor and outdoor pools, splash play areas, waterparks and hot tubs.

For more information, read Trends in Aquatic Facilities.

Purposeful Pools: What's New in Natatorium Design?

Natatoriums are always working to enhance their offerings and draw a variety of users to keep their facilities successful, while also addressing the challenges of air and water quality.

For more information, read Purposeful Pools: What's New in Natatorium Design?.

Playgrounds From Start to Finish: Fund, Design, Build

Whether you are building a playground from the ground up or upgrading and re-imagining an existing space, there are some basic principles that experts say stakeholders should adhere to.

For more information, read Playgrounds From Start to Finish: Fund, Design, Build.

Firm Foundations: Athletic Flooring & Facility Success

Survival of the fittest facilities is credited in great part to savvy managers who keep their facility doors open. Selecting the right flooring to maximize that continual use has been a critical component to their overall success.

For more information, read Firm Foundations: Athletic Flooring & Facility Success.

Transforming Pools & Splash Pads for Post-Pandemic Fun

Although many aquatic facilities were forced to close during the pandemic, savvy facility owners are using their downtime as an opportunity to do much-needed maintenance or even embark on renovation projects.

For more information, read Transforming Pools & Splash Pads for Post-Pandemic Fun.


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