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September 12, 2022 Rec Report E-Newsletter
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Dollywood Takes on Cigarette Waste

Cigarette butts represent an unsightly and pervasive form of litter in most public places, and tend to end up in waterways. Last year, Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., partnered with river-cleanup nonprofit Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful on a massive cigarette litter prevention project. This made Dollywood the first theme park worldwide to recycle the plastic from every cigarette butt collected in guest-facing receptacles on its property.

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To help protect the local pollinators that are critical to our ecosystems and food supply, National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation are hosting the fourth annual Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz during September.
The Trust for Public Land, in partnership with outdoor retailer L.L.Bean, has announced the recipients for the fourth round of the L.L.Bean Community Award, which will support park projects this year for those communities that need them most.
U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra has appointed new members to the board of directors of the National Fitness Foundation (Foundation).
Together Outdoors (TO), a coalition committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of the outdoor recreation experience, commemorated its first anniversary with a look back at a year of progress, and a look ahead at new efforts to make the outdoors more accessible and welcoming for everyone.
rr081522youthsportsandyouthwellness(1)_2288138.jpgINDUSTRY STATS
Fewer Involved in Green Initiatives in 2022

The percentage of respondents who indicate they are involved in resource conservation and green initiatives fell from 31.5% in 2021 to 25.1% in 2022. Respondents from parks were the most likely to be involved in green initiatives in 2022, with 38.6% of park respondents indicating they had such involvement (down from 42.6% in 2021). They were followed by camps, where 30% of respondents were involved in resources conservation and green initiatives (down from 54.2%), as well as colleges and universities, where 27.8% were involved in these initiatives (up from 23% in 2021).

Colleges and Ys were the only cohorts to report an increase in their involvement in such initiatives from 2021 to 2022. Ys saw a modest increase, with 23.7% involved in resource conservation and green initiatives in 2021 and 24.4% involved in such initiatives in 2022.

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2022 Buyers Guide
September 2022 Issue
The acoustics in many recreational facilities and gyms are often subpar. A new acoustic standard from ASTM can help.
Ever wondered how you can hack your park operations and do more with less? Here, we examine ways to make the most out of technology solutions.
From sleepaway youth camps to destination campgrounds, RV parks and more, camp facilities help visitors get in touch with the great outdoors. This article examines the responses to the Industry Report survey from professionals working for camp facilities.
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.
Landscape architects and park designers continue to find new and innovative ways to conserve land while increasing recreation programming in communities across the country.
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