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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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The Playground Checkup: Safe, Long-Lasting Playgrounds Require Standardized Maintenance Practices

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The Playground Checkup: Safe, Long-Lasting Playgrounds Require Standardized Maintenance Practices

By Rick Dandes

Playground maintenance should be regular and standardized if you want to ensure your play equipment is in safe and proper working order.
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Begin With the Basics & Build: Aquatic Programming 101

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Begin With the Basics & Build: Aquatic Programming 101

By Dave Ramont

When you want to create an effective aquatics program, you have to get the basics right first. Start by teaching everyone how to swim, and grow from there.
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From Muscle to Movement: Top Trends in Fitness Equipment

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From Muscle to Movement: Top Trends in Fitness Equipment

By Deborah L. Vence

From personal devices for tracking movement to equipment that engages and interacts, group fitness and more, fitness equipment is constantly adjusting to the expectations of exercisers.
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Greener Grounds: Strategies for Successful Grounds Management

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Greener Grounds: Strategies for Successful Grounds Management

By Deborah L. Vence

People walk your grounds every day, and they likely have no idea how much work goes into making those sites functional and beautiful. This feature covers some best practices in grounds maintenance, with a special look at greener methods.
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Down to the Wire: The Latest Trends in Scoreboards, Sports Lighting & Sound

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Down to the Wire: The Latest Trends in Scoreboards, Sports Lighting & Sound

By Rick Dandes

While the team plays and spectators look on, there’s a whole host of behind-the-scenes technology making the game go. In this feature, we’ll examine the latest trends in sports lighting, sound systems and scoreboards.
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Building Healthier Communities: The Ins and Outs of Outdoor Fitness Areas

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Building Healthier Communities: The Ins and Outs of Outdoor Fitness Areas

By Dave Ramont

Outdoor fitness provides a way for everyone to get active without having to pony up for a gym membership, and communities are increasingly using them to boost their health.
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Seeking Shelter: Innovations in Shade & Shelter Solutions

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Seeking Shelter: Innovations in Shade & Shelter Solutions

By Joe Bush

What can shade do for you? Boost revenue? Check. Create a gathering place? Check. Turn your park into a destination? Check. Increase attendance and patron comfort? Check.
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Recreation Management Magazine

Our January 2017 issue features close-up looks into playground safety and drowning prevention. We also take a tour through tech-enabled parks, starting with the Pokemon Go phenomenon and wandering through geocaching and more. January also features an examination of programming and facilities designed for folks who want to stay active as they age.

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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.

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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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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.

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