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New Ways to Save: Improving Efficiency in Pool Operations

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New Ways to Save: Improving Efficiency in Pool Operations

By Chris Gelbach

In recreation facilities nationwide, swimming pools can eat away a big bite of the budget. Finding ways to operate aquatic facilities more efficiently and effectively is critical.
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Put Your Pool in Overdrive: Programming Your Pool for Success

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Put Your Pool in Overdrive: Programming Your Pool for Success

By Rick Dandes

Successful aquatic facilities require smart approaches to programming. While almost every pool should begin with the basics, there are plenty of ways to make the best use of pool time to grow attendance and revenues.
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Water, Water Everywhere: Designing Flexible Pools

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Water, Water Everywhere: Designing Flexible Pools

By Dave Ramont

Swimming pools have come a long way from the expected rectangles of the past. Nowadays, aquatic designers take flexibility into account and design aquatic facilities that offer myriad options for programming, competition and recreation.
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Teaching Healthy Eating: Connecting Communities to Healthier Lifestyles

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Teaching Healthy Eating: Connecting Communities to Healthier Lifestyles

By Dave Ramont

From nutrition counseling and education to farmers markets and community gardens, parks and other organizations have found myriad ways to try to improve the health of the communities they serve.
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Workout 2017: Making Americans Fit Again

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Workout 2017: Making Americans Fit Again

By Rick Dandes

Fitness trends come and go, and come and go, but there are ways to adapt so that you’re always offering something that your members and visitors are looking for.
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The Best of Both Worlds: Know When to Rely on Synthetic or Natural Turf

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The Best of Both Worlds: Know When to Rely on Synthetic or Natural Turf

By Joe Bush

Is synthetic turf or natural turf best for your sports and recreation programming? The answer is, both. There are reasons to use one or the other, but for many facilities, a combination of the two will maximize programming possibilities.
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Structural Integrity: Nonconventional Buildings Offer Savings, Customization

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Structural Integrity: Nonconventional Buildings Offer Savings, Customization

By Deborah L. Vence

Expanding sports and recreation programming from seasonal to year-round can be simple, when you consider nonconventional ways to enclose your programs. From air-supported and tensioned membrane structures to yurts and more, there are ways to get it done quickly and efficiently.
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Go! Tech-Enabled Parks: From Pokemon GO to Geocaching and Beyond

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Go! Tech-Enabled Parks: From Pokemon GO to Geocaching and Beyond

By Dave Ramont

There’s always talk about how to get people to turn off the technology and head outside. But if you can’t beat the screen, there are ways you can incorporate it into your parks and facilities with tech-enabled fun.
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Coming of Age: Shifting Trends in Design & Programming for Active Older Adults

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Coming of Age: Shifting Trends in Design & Programming for Active Older Adults

By Rick Dandes

There’s been a wave of facilities and programs designed to suit the needs of older adults who want to stay active beyond their middle years. This story takes a look at how things are shaping up for facilities looking to meet the needs of this audience.
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Heads Above Water: Lessons, Programs & Technology Help Prevent Drownings

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Heads Above Water: Lessons, Programs & Technology Help Prevent Drownings

By Deborah L. Vence

Preventing drowning is a job that takes a diverse team of people who care, from lifeguards to pool operators, swim instructors and beyond. Here’s a look at the latest in drowning prevention.
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Encourage Risk, But Safely: Playground Safety From Concept to Completion and Beyond

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Encourage Risk, But Safely: Playground Safety From Concept to Completion and Beyond

By Dave Ramont

Ensuring kids on the playground are as safe as possible begins with smart planning and playground design, but it doesn’t stop there. Proper supervision and continual attention to maintenance are also crucial.
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Outside of the Box: Up-and-Coming Sports Programming Can Expand Your Reach

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Outside of the Box: Up-and-Coming Sports Programming Can Expand Your Reach

By Joe Bush

Expanding your programming can be as simple as hopping onto the bandwagon and offering a new sport that’s growing in popularity across the country, like archery, adventure racing and pickleball.
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Recreation Management Magazine

The February 2017 issue includes our annual guide to aquatic facilities, where we examine how aquatic design can focus on making pools more flexible, as well as creative approaches to programming and improving efficiency while streamlining operations. Inside the issue, we take a look at nonconventional building options, turf choices, the latest trends in fitness programming and more.

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

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2017 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.

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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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2016 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.

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