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Thrills & Spills: Improving the Fun Factor in Aquatics

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Thrills & Spills: Improving the Fun Factor in Aquatics

By Kelli Ra Anderson

From natural playgrounds to community gardens and expanding nature trails, getting back to nature is a powerful recreation trend leaving its mark on just about everything in the industry-including aquatic programming, attractions and facility design.
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Take It Inside: Trends and Ideas for Natatorium Design

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Take It Inside: Trends and Ideas for Natatorium Design

By Joe Bush

There's more than one thing designers and architects can agree on when discussing natatoriums, but the bottom line on all their common ground is this: It's a building and environment unlike any other.
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Testing the Waters: Tips on Running a Safe & Cost-Effective Aquatic Facility

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Testing the Waters: Tips on Running a Safe & Cost-Effective Aquatic Facility

By Rick Dandes

With every line item in the budget under scrutiny, aquatic facility managers are looking for ways to reduce operating expenses, while still providing the cleanest, safest and most efficient swimming environment possible.
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Better Together: Inclusion Strategies for All Facilities

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Better Together: Inclusion Strategies for All Facilities

By Joe Bush

Making a commitment to more inclusive programming means more than mouth service. Training staff, incorporating smart programming and making sure your facility can accommodate everyone is crucial.
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From Simple to Stunning: Trends in Nonconventional Recreation Structures

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From Simple to Stunning: Trends in Nonconventional Recreation Structures

By Chris Gelbach

From tensioned fabric structures to air-supported and beyond, there are plenty of options when you want to enclose your recreation, sports and fitness activities without getting involved in a lengthy and complex design-and-construction process.
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On an Upward Trend: The Latest in Fitness Can Make Your Facility More Effective

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On an Upward Trend: The Latest in Fitness Can Make Your Facility More Effective

By Jessica Royer Ocken

Fitness is an ever-changing landscape, with new trends continually emerging, and old ones fading out. Running a successful fitness facility means remaining flexible and adjusting as each new trend comes and goes.
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Keep Your Eye on the Ball: Know Your Goals to Design Effective Sports Fields

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Keep Your Eye on the Ball: Know Your Goals to Design Effective Sports Fields

By Deborah L. Vence

Sports fields often must cater to a diverse range of sports and users—especially those serving park districts and local schools. Here, we talk to the experts about how to set your goals and design effective fields.
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Experience & Education: The Importance of Training in Improving Safety

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Experience & Education: The Importance of Training in Improving Safety

By Joe Bush

Whether it's certification for fitness trainers and climbing instructors, or orientation for club members, training and education are a crucial pillar in providing safety at your facility.
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Safe & Secure: New Trends in Sports Facility Security & Safety

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Safe & Secure: New Trends in Sports Facility Security & Safety

By Kelli Ra Anderson

At the college and professional levels, sports facility security is often a full-time job. But high schools, park districts and other providers of sports tournaments and programs can learn from the pros to improve safety at their own facilities.
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Balancing Act: Safety & Risk on the Playground

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Balancing Act: Safety & Risk on the Playground

By Chris Gelbach

Play equipment is meticulously designed to protect children from catastrophic injury, but it shouldn't eliminate risk entirely. Finding the right balance is important to encouraging children's growth without risking their health.
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Safe in the Water: Programs, Audits Are Key to Enhancing Aquatic Safety

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Safe in the Water: Programs, Audits Are Key to Enhancing Aquatic Safety

By Deborah L. Vence

Keeping swimmers safe is the most crucial task for aquatic facility managers. Luckily, there are plenty of tools at your disposal, from water safety training for patrons to lifeguard certification and training for a variety of types of aquatic facilities and more.
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Innovation, Conservation & Training: The Latest Trends in Grounds Management

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Innovation, Conservation & Training: The Latest Trends in Grounds Management

By Chris Gelbach

Your grounds are constantly changing, affected by everything from the weather to use and even overuse. Staying on top of best practices in grounds management will keep your sites looking stellar.
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Recreation Management Magazine

The February 2016 issue includes our annual guide to aquatic facilities, where we examine ways to streamline aquatic operations, along with natatorium design and water play features. Inside the issue, we cover fitness programming, sports fields, inclusion strategies and nonconventional building structures.

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News & Events

Your connection to current events, trends and top news stories in the managed recreation industry.

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2016 Buyers Guide

Check out our latest guide to everything you need for your sports, recreation or fitness facility. From aquatic supplies to sporting equipment, from workout machines to park site amenities—and beyond—we've got the most trusted, simple-to-use reference to sports, recreation and fitness products and services in the industry.

BUYERS GUIDE

Rec Report Newsletter

The Rec Report e-newsletter brings you the most up-to-date ideas and solutions for recreation, sports and fitness facility managers. Every month, we cover the latest and greatest innovations—from programming to facility planning, from research and trends to the newest products—to help you make your facility a success.

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Webinar Educational Series

Recreation Management's Webinar Educational Series connects you with the brightest stars in the field of managed recreation, sports and fitness facilities to provide an in-depth look at some of the top issues and challenges in the field today. Join us to learn more about practical solutions to common problems, as well as new developments and innovations in the industry.

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2015 State of the Industry

Find out the latest trends in managed recreation, sports and fitness facilities. We surveyed more than 2,000 industry professionals and summarized their responses in this annual must-read report.

STATE OF THE INDUSTRY REPORT