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September 19, 2022 Rec Report E-Newsletter
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A man climbs a boulder$30,000 in Grants Support Conservation, Protect Climbing Access

Access Fund, with support from Backcountry, recently announced $30,000 in climbing conservation grants, which will help bring 10 local climbing organization (LCO) projects across the country to life. The projects address specific and immediate needs of different climbing locales and their communities.

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Water Odyssey
National CleanUp Day, in partnership with EARTHDAY.ORG, Keep America Beautiful, and Let's Do It World (organizers of World Cleanup Day), returned for its sixth year on Sept. 17.

The National League of Cities (NLC) investigates the state of work in America's cities, towns and villages and key strategies that will shape workplace changes over the next 10 years in its new report, America Works: How Entrepreneurial City Leaders Can Shape the Future of Work Now.
Former USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard, Target, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, and the City of Yonkers officially opened a new mini-pitch at Pelton Park.
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) announced that its Women's Fitness Specialization program has been updated with the latest science on women's health and fitness.
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Climbing Walls, Challenge Courses Most Common for Colleges and Camps

According to the 2022 State of the Industry Report, 18.1% of all respondents said they currently had a climbing wall, while 12% had challenge courses.

Climbing walls were most commonly found at the facilities of college and university respondents. Some 41.8% of college respondents said they currently have a climbing wall. They were followed by camps (39.3% of camp respondents in 2022 have a climbing wall), parks (30.9%) and Ys (28.3%).

Challenge courses were most commonly found among camp facilities. More than half (50.8%) of camp respondents said they currently have a challenge course. They were followed by colleges and universities (27.3%) and Ys (19.6%).

Looking froward, camps were the most likely to be planning to add climbing walls. Some 18.4% of camp respondents with plans to add features at their facilities said they would add climbing walls. Health club respondents were among the most likely to be planning to add challenge courses. A third (33.3%) of health club respondents with plans to add features at their facilities said they would add challenge courses.

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2022 Buyers Guide
September 2022 Issue

In 2021, the Thrive Outside network reached 14,849 youth in eight communities, connecting them and their families to the many benefits of the outdoors despite COVID-related challenges.

From school campuses to elaborate horticultural parks and beyond, grounds managers continue to find ways to maintain and improve the landscape while limiting their environmental footprint.
The popular Amazon Park Running Trail in Eugene, Ore., recently was rebuilt with a thicker rock base, new surfacing and drainage. In addition, lighting was introduced or upgraded along sections of the trail.
Colleges and universities provide myriad opportunities for every student and staff member to get involved in recreation, as well as supporting athletics with facilities as diverse as competition pools, football arenas, fieldhouses and more. In this section of the Industry Report, we consider the latest trends for respondents at colleges and universities.
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