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From Land to Landscape: Effective Approaches to Park Design

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From Land to Landscape: Effective Approaches to Park Design

By Joe Bush

From engaging your community to getting the right team together, turning your land into a landscape that will draw visitors is a big task.
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Space For Fun & Wellness: 12 Trends in Multipurpose Design

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Space For Fun & Wellness: 12 Trends in Multipurpose Design

By Chris Gelbach

Multipurpose facilities like YMCAs and community recreation centers aim to please a wide array of members with diverse offerings. Here are some of the most recent trends in facility design for these wide-ranging facilities.
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Fitness Forever: Fitness Facility Design to Meet Changing Demands

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Fitness Forever: Fitness Facility Design to Meet Changing Demands

By Rick Dandes

There's always something new in the fitness world, and fitness facilities must adapt to provide what customers want. Here's how to design your facility to meet the needs of your audience.
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If You Build It…: Up-to-Date Sports Facilities Aim to Bring Back Crowds

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If You Build It…: Up-to-Date Sports Facilities Aim to Bring Back Crowds

By Dave Ramont

Fewer people have been showing up for games at colleges and universities, and so forward-thinking schools are designing new stadiums and facilities that provide more of what modern crowds are looking for.
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Evolving Aquatics: Trends in Municipal Aquatic Facility Design

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Evolving Aquatics: Trends in Municipal Aquatic Facility Design

By Deborah L. Vence

Building on a base of swim lessons, municipal aquatic facilities have grown their offerings to provide far more. Here's how design teams have innovated to bring more to community pools and aquatic centers.
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A Place for Everything, Everything in Its Place: Furnishing Your Site Effectively

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A Place for Everything, Everything in Its Place: Furnishing Your Site Effectively

By Dave Ramont

If you find yourself sitting serenely on a park bench, taking in the surroundings, the last thing on your mind is probably the park bench. But there are people who have given a lot of thought to that bench, along with all the other furnishings that make a park a pleasant place to be.
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A World of Play: Trends in Playground Planning & Design

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A World of Play: Trends in Playground Planning & Design

By Joe Bush

From inclusive playspaces that give kids of all abilities a chance to play alongside one another to custom-designed playgrounds that take a locality's history, culture or geology into account and beyond, playground designers and manufacturers continue to raise the bar.
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Fun for All: The Latest in Park Planning and Design

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Fun for All: The Latest in Park Planning and Design

By Rick Dandes

Parks are an essential part of a well-planned neighborhood, and as such, they require careful attention to planning and design. Collaborating with residents and other stakeholders and accommodating the interests of multiple generations are two keys to success.
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Pass It On: Cultivating New Nature-Lovers With Environmental Education Programs

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Pass It On: Cultivating New Nature-Lovers With Environmental Education Programs

By Dave Ramont

To protect the environment for the long term, you need to keep educating people, young and old, about why that's a worthwhile goal. Environmental education programs of all kinds connect people of all ages with the natural world around them, growing tomorrow's conservationists today.
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Essential Aquatic Maintenance: Facilities Need Planned Maintenance, Energy-Efficient Solutions

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Essential Aquatic Maintenance: Facilities Need Planned Maintenance, Energy-Efficient Solutions

By Deborah L. Vence

Aquatic facilities come with a lot of working parts that need to be kept running effectively. Staying on top of a wide range of maintenance requirements is essential to maintaining a safe environment for swimmers, as well as protecting your investment in your facility.
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Reaching New Heights: Demand for Adventure Fitness on the Rise

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Reaching New Heights: Demand for Adventure Fitness on the Rise

By Rick Dandes

From climbing and bouldering walls to ropes courses, challenge courses and obstacle courses, there's a tremendous range of adventure out there for the taking. Find out more about how to best manage these types of amenities, from getting folks interested to keeping them coming back for more.
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Sizing Up Your Surface: Options Abound When You Want Performance & Durability

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Sizing Up Your Surface: Options Abound When You Want Performance & Durability

By Rick Dandes

When it comes to indoor sports and fitness surfaces, options abound, from synthetic vinyl and rubber surfaces and tiles to hardwood flooring. Learn more about your choices and their benefits, as well as what to expect over the long run.
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Recreation Management Magazine

The May 2017 issue highlights design trends across the industry, with features focusing on trends in design for aquatic facilities, sports facilities, fitness facilities, multipurpose facilities, and parks and landscapes. Read this issue to learn more about what the most innovative facilities are doing as they design new buildings and sites, as well as renovate existing places.

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News & Events

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

REC NEWS

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

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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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.

STATE OF THE INDUSTRY REPORT

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