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RWJF Recognizes Community-Based Sports Organizations

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently announced the winners of its Sports Award, which honors the innovative and collaborative efforts of individuals, organizations and teams that are making their communities healthier through sport. This year's winners include The Dance Institute of Washington, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, Make The World Better, Move United, and YEAH! Yoga. The winners will receive a $25,000 cash prize.

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ICAA Celebrates 20 Years

The forward-thinking International Council of Active Aging founded the active-aging industry on Oct. 1, 2001, to fundamentally change the way we age by proactively engaging older adults to live their best life.

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Nine Fitness Leaders Set to Advise on GHFA Initiatives

The Global Health & Fitness Alliance, an IHRSA initiative launched to establish the health and fitness sector as an essential service and a key contributor within the healthcare continuum, announced its inaugural nine-member Advisory Council.

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IAAPA Celebrates Successful Show in Europe

Looking forward with optimism was the theme of the opening address at the IAAPA Expo Europe 2021, and it carried through the week as the Expo brought attractions industry professionals together in Spain.

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Injuries Using E-Scooters, E-Bikes & Hoverboards Jump 70%

As consumers step up their use of e-scooters, hoverboards and e-bikes to return to work, school and other activities, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reminds everyone to keep safety a priority.

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NRPA CFO Recognized

The National Recreation and Park Association announced that Brenda Camacho, NRPA vice president of operations and chief financial officer, has been nominated by DCA Live as a 2021 "Non Profit Star CFO."

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Free Webinar! Public Splashpads: Closing the Funding Gap With an Equitable Pay-to-Play Strategy

Oct. 13, 2021
2 p.m. EDT

Demographics, recreational needs and expectations have shifted. And although Splashpad areas continue to hold onto the No. 1 spot on the list of most commonly planned features for park facilities, changes in funding for these types of projects have not kept pace. Adding to these challenges, the coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated more than ever the essential role of local parks and high-quality amenities, showing a record-setting usage across the United States. But that same crisis has also generated one of the greatest budget crises for recreation agencies.

A pay-to-play Splashpad, if adapted to local needs and carefully planned for equitable access, can be a successful model to enhance the quality of the amenities and generate destination appeal.

This presentation will explore how to successfully plan and design a pay-to-play Splashpad. In this presentation, attendees will:

  • Learn how to masterplan a Splashpad project that elevates destination appeal, and incorporates successful revenue-generating amenities and programming opportunities.
  • Examine the design considerations to support operations in the context of a pay-to-play model.
  • Learn about pay-to-play admission fees, equitable access considerations and how this should be reflected in the planning phase and physical environment.
  • Understand with real-life case studies the design considerations, programming opportunities, revenue-generating amenities and overall best practices for a successful pay-to-play Splashpad project.

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Free Webinar! Public Splashpads: Closing the Funding Gap With an Equitable Pay-to-Play Strategy


Mind-Body Balance, Adult Sports Among Top Planned Programs

Mind-Body Balance, Adult Sports Among Top Planned Programs

When it comes to sports-relates programming, youth sports teams are the most common offering found among respondents to the Industry Report Survey. In 2020, some 55.2% of respondents said they provided youth sports teams, while 56% did so in 2021. Mind-body/balance programs such as yoga and tai chi followed, with more than half (51.2%) of respondents offering such programming in 2020 and just under half (49.7%) offering it in 2021. Some 46% of respondents in 2020 and in 2021 said they provided adult sports teams. Another 44.8% in 2020 and 43.2% in 2021 provided sports tournaments and races. And finally, 37.7% in 2020 and 2021 said they included individual sports activities like running clubs and swim clubs.

Looking forward, mind-body/balance programs are among the most commonly planned additions. Some 23.4% of those who said they would add programs at their facilities were planning to add mind-body/balance. More than one-fifth (20.6%) were planning to add adult sports teams, and 17.4% were planning to add youth sports teams.

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Here are some past stories from Recreation Management.

Addressing the Parks Maintenance Backlog

New funding is available for projects related to parks and outdoor activities, with $900 million to be used for upcoming projects, providing an abundance of opportunities across the country.

For more information, read Addressing the Parks Maintenance Backlog.

Keep Your Eye on the Ball

In Brookhaven, Ga., a public-private partnership brings high-level tennis instruction to the community at the Blackburn Tennis Center. And with a new lighting upgrade, it does so even more efficiently and effectively.

For more information, read Keep Your Eye on the Ball.

Off the Deep End: Aquatic Programming, Tried, True & New

Successful aquatic facilities offer a range of programming, from the basic and expected learn-to-swim and lifeguard training through aquatic exercise, water polo, kayaking and much more. Learn more about the trends that will keep your facility swimming to success.

For more information, read Off the Deep End: Aquatic Programming, Tried, True & New.

What Our Industry Needs Right Now Is Play

It's been a rough year, and people of all ages are emerging from it with a refreshed desire to get active, and a fresh need for play.

For more information, read What Our Industry Needs Right Now Is Play.

Play Along: Inclusive Playgrounds Help Us All Play Together

Playground manufacturers, planners and designers are increasingly seeking to go far beyond mere accessibility to provide truly inclusive playspaces that allow those with physical and developmental disabilities to play alongside their peers.

For more information, read Play Along: Inclusive Playgrounds Help Us All Play Together.


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