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A high school in White House, Tenn., got more than they expected when they chose ParknPool for their recent bleacher order. With a delay in ordering, city bid issues and a machine not running properly, the hope of bleachers for their 2012 Homecoming game seemed like an impossible dream. With the commitment of their manufacturing partner to send experts to expedite the construction of the bleachers, ParknPool was able to get the bleachers fully installed by game day. For more information, visit www.parknpool.com.

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Field Notes

The Competitor Swim Products Division of Richey Industries has been sold to Brad Underwood, a sports products industry professional. The sale will separate the division from Richey Industries, which will continue to manufacture and distribute the Great American Woodies line of casual furniture.

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The Outdoor Recreation Economy Keeps on Growing

Since the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) commissioned the first economic study on outdoor recreation in the United States in 2006, the outdoor industry still grew by an average of 6.1 percent annually, reveals the OIA’s latest State of the Industry Report. Released this summer and compiled by Southwick Associates, the report notes that despite a historic recession, massive unemployment, and painful governmental deficits and budget cuts, more than 140 million Americans make outdoor recreation a priority, spending $646 billion on their recreational pursuits each year.

Following are more facts revealed in the report:

• Americans spend more on outdoor recreation each year ($646 billion) than they do on pharmaceuticals ($331 billion), according to statistics supplied by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

• Each year, Americans spend more on bicycling equipment and activities ($81 billion) than they do on air transportation ($51 billion).

• For every one dollar spent on bicycling and camping gear and vehicles, it stimulates nearly an additional $7 in trips and travel.

• Nearly one out of every 20 Americans makes a living off outdoor recreation.

• According to the National Association of State Park Directors, more than 725-million visits to 6,000 state parks nationwide results in a collective $20-billion economic impact to the communities surrounding those parks.

To view the full report and learn more about the significance of outdoor recreation in the United States, visit www.outdoorindustry.org/research/

Information submitted by Southwick Associates

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Calendar

March

6-7 California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference & Expo, San Jose, Calif.–San Jose McEnery Convention Center; www.cprs.org

13-15 Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Tradeshow, Fort Smith, Ark.—Fort Smith Convention Center; www.arkarpa.org

April

8-9 Maine Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Portland, Maine—Holiday Inn by the Bay; (207) 474-6901

8-10 Iowa Parks & Recreation Association Spring Conference, Des Moines, Iowa; www.iapra.org/

14-17 International Trails Symposium, Scottsdale, Ariz.—Radisson Fort McDowell Resort; www.americantrails.org

16-18 Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference & Exhibit, Ocean City, Md.–Clarion Fontainebleau Hotel; www.mrpanet.org

May

19-23 National Outdoor Recreation Conference and IUFRO Conference on Forests for People, Traverse City, Mich.—Park Place Hotel; www.recpro.org

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  1. Rob Southwick on said:

    Correction: in the March 11 postings, an article titled “The Outdoor Economy Keeps on Growing”, it was stated outdoor spending grew by 6.1% since 2006. The actual growth rate was 5.0%. We, the authors regret this error and oversight, and any confusion it may have caused.
    - Rob Southwick, lead author of OIA’s Outdoor Economy report

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