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August 29, 2022 Rec Report E-Newsletter
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Urban farmers share produceCommunities Earn Grants to Improve Health Outcomes

The National Recreation & Park Association was awarded a $2.5 million grant from The Walmart Foundation to support 15 local park and recreation agencies as they develop Community Wellness Hubs. A Community Wellness Hub is a trusted gathering place that connects every member of the community to essential programs, services and spaces that advance health equity, improve health outcomes and enhance quality of life.

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PHTA Launches New Scholarship Award
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) announced the launch of the new Greg Garrett Scholarship Award. Developed by the PHTA Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC), this $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to one PHTA member in the builder or service sector each year to use for PHTA educational or certification fees.
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ORR Applauds Assistance to Communities Growing Outdoor Rec Economies
After the Biden Administration announced the 25 communities that will receive technical assistance under the Recreation Economy for Rural Communities program, Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) lauded the announcement.
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Hillsborough County Adaptive Sports Hosts USA Wheelchair Football Tournament
Wheelchair football athletes from across the country, including the hometown Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wheelchair Football Team, will compete at a USA Wheelchair Football League tournament hosted by Hillsborough County Adaptive Sports.
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New Award to Celebrate Industry Leaders Improving the Outdoors
Merrell, a leading outdoor footwear brand, has collaborated with longstanding not-for-profit partner, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), to announce a first-of-its-kind, annual award €“ the Changing Nature of Work (CNoW) Award.
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Ys & Schools Most Likely to Address Food Insecurity in the Midst of the Pandemic 
   Graph comparing food insecurity programs
Many organizations—most commonly Ys and schools—added programs to address food insecurity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, though for the most part, those programs were more prominent for respondents to the Industry Report survey in 2021 than for those who responded in 2022. Ys led the way on food insecurity initiatives, with 64% of Y respondents in 2021 and 64.4% in 2022 indicating they had added programs to address food insecurity as a result of the pandemic. They were followed by school respondents. Nearly half (47.8%) of school respondents in 2021 said they had introduced food insecurity programs in 2021, and 43.3% had those programs in 2022. Looking at all types of respondents, more than three in 10 (30.3%) said they included food insecurity programs in 2021, and 23.5% did so in 2022.

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FREE Webinar! Transform Expectations With a Water-Based Family Entertainment Center

Aug. 31, 2022
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Looking for innovative ways to encourage your community or guests to get out and play? Want to provide a unique destination that combines active and passive recreation with nature and open water?

There's no denying that people are drawn to the water. Encourage them to immerse themselves in nature. A water-based family entertainment center brings active and passive recreation to your open water and waterfront. This new category of recreation reaches all demographics with its intentional and inclusive design, making use of the natural landscape and water to create a variety of land-based and open-water recreation zones.

Whether you've already got a body of water like a lakefront or former quarry, or you create a body of water to meet the needs of your community, you can bring this unique form of recreation to your community. In this presentation, you will:

  • Learn more about the benefits of this innovative new approach to recreation, including revenue-building opportunities and the economic value of utilizing sustainable natural resources.
  • Discover how to best combine land and water-based recreation to provide a way for every demographic to get involved in the fun.
  • Explore case studies of municipalities, developers, resorts and others that have implemented their own unique water-based family entertainment venue.
  • The factors that contribute to a park's attractiveness and usage.

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2022 Buyers Guide
August 2022 Issue
Here are some past stories from Recreation Management.
Problem-Solver Ideas
Packed with scores of ideas, this reference tool was designed to help you tackle your most persistent and universal challenges, covering all the big basic questions. Consider it an industry guidebook of sorts, chock full of straightforward problem-solving tips.

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Think Differently: Nonconventional Facility Structures Making a Difference

Yurts instead of cabins! Enclosures for aquatics! Clear-span structures for sports activities! There are myriad unique structures available.

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Trends in Schools & School Districts
What would school be without the playgrounds of our early years and the Homecoming parades and football games of our teens? In this section of the Industry Report, we examine the responses from professionals working for schools and school districts.

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Aquatics for Everyone: Natatoriums Meet a Range of Community Needs

As the will to get healthy and stay fit continues to grow, so has the appeal of natatoriums to reap all the benefits—both physical and mental—of working out and relaxing in the water.

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Splash Pad Renovation Q&A

Experts weigh in on renovating kiddie pools into splash pads, updating existing splash pads and equipment and more.

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