Kids Just Wanna Have Fun: But the Best Youth Sports Programs Also Educate

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Kids Just Wanna Have Fun: But the Best Youth Sports Programs Also Educate

By Rick Dandes

It is possible to get kids involved in youth sports programs at fairly young ages, as long as you acknowledge that it's not about prowess, but about learning how to move and cooperate.
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To Better Serve Those Who Serve: How Recreation Managers Can Support Military and Veteran Audiences More Effectively

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To Better Serve Those Who Serve: How Recreation Managers Can Support Military and Veteran Audiences More Effectively

By Chris Gelbach

While military bases often provide their own recreation, sports and fitness outlets, local communities would be wise to partner with them to provide additional outlets. We talked to some experts to find out the best ways to do just that.
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Water Wise: Aquatic Safety Strategies Help Prevent Drowning

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Water Wise: Aquatic Safety Strategies Help Prevent Drowning

By Dave Ramont

Preventing drowning means getting everyone on board, from yourself to your staff to the people who visit your aquatic facility. Here, we examine some smart strategies to keep swimmers safe.
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Play It Safe: Staying Educated & Knowing Best Practices Key to Playground Safety

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Play It Safe: Staying Educated & Knowing Best Practices Key to Playground Safety

By Deborah L. Vence

The safest playgrounds require continual attention. Ensuring children's safety means understanding best practices and constantly updating your knowledge to be sure you're ahead of the curve.
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Roll With the Changes: Strategies for Municipal Golf Operations

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Roll With the Changes: Strategies for Municipal Golf Operations

By Chris Gelbach

Participation in golf has taken a hit in recent years. Providing new ways to entice people onto the course is a smart strategy to keep your golf operation operating.
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Fitness on the Move: Equipment Evolves With Programming Innovation

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Fitness on the Move: Equipment Evolves With Programming Innovation

By Rick Dandes

From fitness trackers that sync up with equipment to tools used to improve the group fitness and HIIT experience, fitness equipment manufacturers are on the ball, continually advancing the industry with new ideas and innovations.
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In the Swim: Creativity & Variety Boost Aquatic Success

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In the Swim: Creativity & Variety Boost Aquatic Success

By Deborah L. Vence

If you want your aquatic facility to succeed, you need to create innovative programs that appeal to a range of swimmers and fitness-seekers. Here, we take a look at some of the latest ideas in aquatic programming.
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Look Out Below!: Evaluating Your Playground Surface Options

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Look Out Below!: Evaluating Your Playground Surface Options

By Dave Ramont

What kind of playground safety surface is best? The answer is, it depends. The context of your site, as well as your long-term maintenance capabilities can have a big impact.
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Thrills & Spills: Risk Management for Waterparks & Splash Parks

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Thrills & Spills: Risk Management for Waterparks & Splash Parks

By Deborah L. Vence

Millions of people visit waterparks every year, relishing the excitement of waterslides, wave surfing machines, and much more. Keeping these guests safe is a crucial element of waterpark management.
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Splash On!: The Ongoing Evolution of Splash Play

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Splash On!: The Ongoing Evolution of Splash Play

By Dave Ramont

Parks and recreation facilities across the country continue to add to the number of splash play areas, with new water fun continuing to grow. Manufacturers have adapted to the demand, while offering new and exciting ideas to expand your options when adding splash parks.
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Riding the New Waves: Advances in Waterpark Design & Technology

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Riding the New Waves: Advances in Waterpark Design & Technology

By Rick Dandes

Running a successful waterpark means keeping up with the newest trends in rides and technology, not to mention savvy marketing and amenities that keep guests coming back for more.
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Widening the Playing Field: Diversity & Inclusiveness in Multigenerational Playgrounds

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Widening the Playing Field: Diversity & Inclusiveness in Multigenerational Playgrounds

By Rick Dandes

Playground manufacturers are continually innovating and finding new ways to get people to move and play. Some of the latest equipment aims to grow play through all generations, encouraging people of all ages to play and grow together.
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Recreation Management Magazine

In the January 2018 issue, we offer up our annual review of trends in playground safety and aquatic safety. We also cover ways to partner and provide military families with more opportunities for recreation and fitness, as well as an overview of getting kids started in youth sports programs.

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2018 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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2017 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

Zeager - Bonded WoodCarpet(R) Systems  - Safe & Beautiful - Accessible & Natural
Recreation Supply - The Pool Supply Specialists
Kay Park Recreation - American Made Park Equipment Since 1954
SuitMate - 95% less water in 8 seconds
Pilot Rock - Enjoy the Outdoors(TM). - Shop Tables
Vantage - Tablet Feeders for Any Size Pool
Belson Outdoors - Your Outdoor Superstore
Commercial Recreation Specialists - It's all here.