• Economic impact: Outdoor recreation national figures in line locally | News, Sports, Jobs
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    Economic impact: Outdoor recreation national figures in line locally | News, Sports, Jobs

    Times Observer file photo State-wide data show significant increases in the size of the state’s outdoor recreation economy. That total is up to $13.64 billion and accounts for 152,000 jobs. It’s become a pretty familiar refrain that the future of our region is closely tied to outdoor recreation. The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, citing federal data, reports that outdoor recreation contributed $13.64 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy, accounted for 152,000 jobs and was 1.6 percent of the state’s GDP. The most recent county-level data from the state’s Economic Impact of Travel Report shows $124.6 in tourism-related spending in Warren County. But that number doesn’t tell the whole story.…

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  • Preparations underway for interim indoor recreation, club sports spaces
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    Preparations underway for interim indoor recreation, club sports spaces

    Rec Center anticipated to close at end of semester for construction of new Wellness + Recreation facility Interim spaces on campus for indoor recreation, fitness and club sports are currently being prepared in anticipation of the Helfaer Tennis Stadium and Recreation Center (Rec Center) coming offline at the end of the fall 2022 semester. Contingent on funding, and pending the board of trustees’ approval in December, the building is scheduled to close at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, to accommodate renovations and construction for the reimagined, comprehensive Wellness + Recreation facility that will bring together the campus’ fitness and recreation facilities with the Counseling Center and the Marquette University Medical Clinic…

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  • Decker appointed to state outdoor recreation coalition | News, Sports, Jobs
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    Decker appointed to state outdoor recreation coalition | News, Sports, Jobs

    Jim Decker Warren County will be represented as the state seeks a vision for the future of outdoor recreation across the Commonwealth. Jim Decker, president/CEO of the Warren County Chamber of Industry and a driving force behind the development of the Trails at Jakes Rocks, has been appointed to the Recreation Engagement Coalition as part of the state’s “Growing Outdoor Recreation for Pennsylvania” effort. “Being given this opportunity to be directly involved in establishing the focus and vision for the newly formed Office of Outdoor Recreation is an honor,” Decker said. “I look forward to engaging with peers from across the Commonwealth in shaping the focus…

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  • Constantine Announces $4.6 Million To Promote Equitable Access To Youth Sports And Outdoor Recreation
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    Constantine Announces $4.6 Million To Promote Equitable Access To Youth Sports And Outdoor Recreation

    King County Executive Dow Constantine King County Executive Dow Constantine recently announced $4.6 million in Youth Sports and Outdoor Recreation Relief funding – including a substantial boost from federal COVID-19 recovery aid – to improve access to sports and recreation for youth of color following extensive community-based review that helped focus investments on racial equity. A total of 45 organization will receive funding based on a comprehensive community review process designed to promote equitable access to sports and recreation. King County Parks partnered with the King County Play Equity Coalition and 50 independent community reviewers to evaluate proposals, applying the principles of racial equity. “Investing in these 45 community-led projects…

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  • DREAM Adaptive Recreation water sports week returns with support
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    DREAM Adaptive Recreation water sports week returns with support

    DREAM Adaptive Recreation has been awarded a $7,500 grant from The Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund to support the non-profit’s Summer Water Sports Program. The grant will be used to help defray the costs of the program, which aims to empower individuals with disabilities through a variety of water sports. New this year, Launch Water Sports has also teamed up with DREAM to provide a boat and driver for all their motorized water days this season. “Our ability to provide empowering top-notch programming is a direct result of generous community support,” DREAM Executive Director Julie Tickle said. “Weyerhaeuser’s annual support allows us to consistently provide inclusive family-friendly programming that folks in our…

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    Michigan’s outdoor recreation industry continues to grow | News, Sports, Jobs

    HOUGHTON — Visitors to the Copper Country can attest to the area’s natural beauty, and the many recreation opportunities offered by its rugged terrain. While locals are partial to the Copper Country, there are world-class recreation areas across the state of Michigan — which boasts 8 million acres of public land, 12,000 miles of trails, and access to four of the Great Lakes. With all of these resources, Michigan a vast array of recreation activities are available, including hiking, biking, camping, ORV riding, kayaking, foraging, fishing, hunting, skiing, snowmobiling, and more. In addition to providing entertainment, inspiration, and solace to Michiganders, outdoor recreation is also a significant tourist…

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