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MAY 2022 REC REPORT NEWSLETTER

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Aquatics Industry Addresses Questions About Drought

Near the end of March, nearly 40% of California was experiencing "extreme drought," and 100% of the state was affected by moderate drought, according to the U.S. drought monitor. Water restrictions are in place, and the state's most critical industries are bracing for impact. The aquatics industry is no exception, and industry professionals have been aiming to get ahead of rumors and myths about pools and drought by proactively sharing facts on water use, and the economic, social and public health implications of the pool and spa industry in California.

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REC NEWS

2022 Finalists Announced for NRPA Gold Medal Awards 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 2022 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

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National Park Foundation Supports Climate Resiliency Through Service Corps Program

The National Park Foundation announced its fiscal year 2022 investment in service corps programs across the country. Many of the service corps programs are helping parks be more climate resilient and helping people deepen their environmental stewardship.

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SFIA Releases Second Batch of Single Sport Reports for Fitness Activities

The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) has released its second of three batches of 2022 Single Sport Reports, including 24 new individual reports for fitness activities.

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LWCF Coalition Applauds Grants Expanding Access to Parks

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Coalition applauded the announcement by U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, for $61 million to be allocated to communities across the country through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Program.

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Experts Point to Safe Spaces Away From Busy Streets as Essential to Inspiring People to Get Active

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy announced results from its latest survey of outdoor trail use and physical activity. Findings show the impactful role the nation's trails can serve in helping Americans become more physically active.

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Staffing Concerns Are High for Aquatic Facilities

INDUSTRY STATS

Staffing Concerns Are High for Aquatic Facilities

According to the 2022 Industry Report survey results, more than seven out of 10 (71.6%) aquatic respondents named staffing issues as a top concern at their facilities. This compares with 56.1% of non-aquatic respondents. Even before the pandemic, some aquatic facilities were struggling to find lifeguards—a problem that was only exacerbated by facility closures and lack of access to training programs to educate these crucial aquatic facility workers.

Other top concerns for aquatic facilities included: equipment and facility maintenance (53.5% of aquatic respondents vs. 46.6% of non-aquatic respondents); marketing and increasing participation (37.6% vs. 35.2%); safety and risk management (29.9% vs. 27.3%); and creating new and innovative programming (26.6% vs. 21.2%). Stay tuned for the June issue, where we'll report the results of the 2022 survey.

To see the State of the Industry Report, go to: https://recmanagement.com/issue-content/202106.

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Parks for People & the Planet: Landscape Design Aligns Community Wants With Nature's Needs

Landscape architects and park designers continue to find new and innovative ways to conserve land while increasing recreation programming in communities across the country.

For more information, read Parks for People & the Planet: Landscape Design Aligns Community Wants With Nature's Needs.

Playground Design: Keeping Safety at the Forefront

As new types of playgrounds are designed, it's important to keep safety front and center, continually analyzing new designs to protect children from serious injury.

For more information, read Playground Design: Keeping Safety at the Forefront.

Disc Golf Takes Off: Ideas for Your Own Disc Golf Course Project

Whether you've got an extra pocket of undeveloped space in an existing location or you're looking to create a destination for disc golf enthusiasts, adding disc golf can expand your possibilities.

For more information, read Disc Golf Takes Off: Ideas for Your Own Disc Golf Course Project.

Dog Parks: Tips for Planning & Revitalizing Your Dog Park

Dog parks have maintained and grown their popularity over the past decade. Whether you're planning a new park or just want to give your old park new life, here are some surefire steps to success.

For more information, read Dog Parks: Tips for Planning & Revitalizing Your Dog Park.

Trail Mix: The Diverse & Transformative Power of Trails

There's been an explosion of interest in biking and being outdoors as the pandemic has settled in, for just about every demographic. Take a look at how well-planned and well-managed trails can be a boon for their communities.

For more information, read Trail Mix: The Diverse & Transformative Power of Trails.

EVENTS

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

ACSM's 2022 Annual Meeting & World Congress, May 31 to June 4 (www.acsmannualmeeting.org)
IHRSA 2022, June 22 to 24 (www.ihrsa.org)
2022 IDEA World Convention, July 20 to 24 (www.ideafit.com)
2022 NRPA Annual Conference, Sept. 20 to 22 (www.nrpa.org)
2022 WWA Show, Oct. 4 to 7 (www.waterparks.org)

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