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January 2008
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  FEATURES
The Play's the Thing
Innovation and Safety Meet on the Playground
1-2-3-Swim!
Aquatic Programming Gets Back to Basics
A Greener Future
Recreation's Push to Address 'Nature Deficit Disorder'
Reaching the iGeneration
To Get Teens Involved, You Have to Think Like One…Sort Of

  FACILITY PROFILES
Working With Gravity
Vertical Endeavors in St. Paul, Minn., Duluth, Minn., and Warrenville, Ill.
The Big Picture
Regional Sports Center in Springfield, Ore.

  GUEST COLUMNS
Great Expectations 
The Making of an Age-Friendly Wellness Center
New Technology Boosts Motivation 
Fitness & Exercise
Flexibility Up Front 
Design Corner

  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
Shelters & Building Structures
Grounds Maintenance Equipment
New Product Ideas
Literature Showcase
February 2008
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  FEATURES
Get your Feet Wet
Creative Programming and Marketing Draw Aquatic Crowds
Water, Water Everywhere
Aquatic Center Design Gets Creative
A Perfect Storm
Are Water and Air Quality on Your Radar Screen Yet?
Ride the New Wave
Skatepark Terrain for the 21st Century
Solid Ground
Ensuring Turf Is Tough Enough
A Booming Market
Recreation and Fitness for Baby Boomers

  FACILITY PROFILES
All-Access Pass to Play
Tilles Park in Ladue, Mo.
Grades and Good Health
MiraCosta College in Oceanside, Calif.
Thirty Years and Running
The Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, N.J.

  GUEST COLUMNS
Turn It Down 
Dealing with Acoustical Issues in Recreational Facilities
Shower Strategies 
Reducing Maintenance & Water Use
From Design to Technology 
Individualizing the Fitness Experience
The Top 10 Skills of Effective Operations Managers 

  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
Food Service & Concession Equipment
Fitness & Exercise Equipment
Playground Equipment
New Product Ideas
March 2008
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  FEATURES
Fit to Be Hip
A Look at the Latest Fitness Trends
Working With Warriors
Military Fitness and Recreation: Serving Those Who Serve
Eco-Impact
Easy Being Green
The Main Event
Pulling It Off Without a Hitch

  FACILITY PROFILES
Spraypark Makeover
Woodlands Water Play Park in St. Albert, Canada
Making the Grade
Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Long Beach, Calif.
Weathering the Storm
Dunes Bible Camp in Ocean Park, Wash.

  GUEST COLUMNS
Sajai Foundation 
A Little Education Goes a Long Way
Playgrounds 
Get 'em off the Couch...And Onto the Playground
Design Corner 
Reduce Your Pool's Energy Footprint
Sports Fields 
Choose Wisely
The Wrong Turf Decision Could Cost You

  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
Pool, Aquatic & Waterpark Equipment
Climbing Walls
Site Furnishings & Park Components
New Product Ideas
April 2008
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  FEATURES
Play Date
Planning Pleasing Playgrounds
Greenscapes
Trends in Park Landscaping
Room to Live
Outfitting Your Parks to Provide Space for All
Scaling New Heights
Harness the Popularity of Climbing to Take Your Facility to the Top
Life Preservers
Meeting the Challenges of 21st Century Aquatic Risk
Come Camping!
14 Tips to Ensure Happy After-School and Day Campers

  FACILITY PROFILES
A Huge Splash
Beaumont Centre Family YMCA in Lexington, Ky.
Sprinkler Smarts
Challenger Park in Parker, Colo.
A Vision in Full
Laurance S. Rockefeller Reserve Center in Moose, Wyo.

  GUEST COLUMNS
National Alliance for Youth Sports: Be Smart 
Starting Kids Out Right in Sports
Concessions: Looking to Increase Profits? 
Design Corner: Open for Business 
Wrapping Up a Revamp by Memorial Day
Spas: Hot Water Basics 

  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
Indoor Sports Surfaces & Flooring
Waterfront & Marina Products
New Product Ideas
Problem-Solver Showcase
May 2008
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  FEATURES
All in the Family
Ensuring Locker Rooms & Restrooms Are Fit for Everyone
Always in Season
Transforming Single-Season Swimming Into Year-Round Fun
Sixth Annual Innovative Architecture & Design Awards
Top Notch

  GUEST COLUMNS
What About the Students? 
Community Usage of Campus Recreation Facilities
The Crucial Finishing Touch 
Swim to Success 
Lessons Learned in Aquatic Facility Design

  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
Scoreboards
Gymnasium & Rec Center Components
New Product Ideas
June 2008
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  FEATURES
2008 REPORT ON THE STATE OF THE MANAGED RECREATION INDUSTRY
A Look at What's Happening in Recreation, Sports & Fitness Facilities
REGIONAL TRENDS
Here, There and Everywhere
COMMUNITY TRENDS
Town and Country
AQUATIC FACILITIES
The Deep End
PARKS & COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTERS
Get 'em Active, Get 'em Outside
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Fit and Healthy on Campus
SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS
School Days
HEALTH CLUBS
Join the Club
YMCAs, YWCAs and JCCs
Helping Build Healthy Communities
July 2008
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  FEATURES
Money-Wise
Our 2008 Salary Survey of the Managed Recreation, Sports & Fitness Industry
Splash City Roadmap
Trends in Aquatic Design & Programming
Know the Score
Scoreboard Options Run the Gamut

  FACILITY PROFILES
Designing the Future, Preserving the Past
Crystal Beach Park in Woodward, Okla.
A Tower of Strength
Ironworks Gym in Point Edwards, Ontario

  GUEST COLUMNS
National Swimming Pool Foundation: Red Alert 
New System Aims to Reduce Outbreaks
A Collegiate Complement 
Designing College Fitness to Fit Collegiate Culture
On the Road 
10 Components to a Successful Race

  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
Restroom Structures & Buildings
Playground Safety Surfaces
Crowd Control, Security & Safety
New Product Ideas
Web Site Showcase
August 2008
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  FEATURES
Safety First
Proactive Approaches Prevent Problems
The Q&A Book
Offering Solutions to Tough Facility Problems
September 2008
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  FEATURES
You've Come a Long Way, Baby
The Evolution of Athletic Playing Surfaces
Floored!
Choices in Indoor Sports Surfaces
Playing It Safe
A Closer Look at Playground Surfaces
Schooled in Aquatics
Waterpark Trends from the College Campus to the Municipal Center
A Corporate Affair
Making a Fit Business
An Apple a Day
Expanding Concessions to Include Healthy Options

  FACILITY PROFILES
Swimming to a Solution
Nor Gwyn Swim Club in North Wales, Pa.

  GUEST COLUMNS
Easy Access 
Fitness & Exercise: Making Fitness Available to All
Look Out Below 
IPEMA: Navigating Playground Safety
Painting a Canvas 
Design Corner: Incorporating Community Preferences

  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
Locker Rooms & Restrooms
Outdoor Sports Equipment
Rehabilitation & Disability
New Product Ideas
October 2008
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  FEATURES
A Shady Place
Shelters to Suit Your Facility
All-Access Recreation
Going Beyond ADA to Meet All Needs
Winter Wonderlands
Tips for the Off-Season
Hit The Trails
Building Active & Vital Communities

  FACILITY PROFILES
Building Bodies, Building Awareness
Shane's Inspiration Playgrounds in Los Angeles
Telling the Story
Killbear Provincial Park in Nobel, Ontario
Saving Energy Saves Pool
Stonehurst Plantation in Augustine, Fla.
All-Skate
Marion Skatepark in Marion, Ark.

  GUEST COLUMNS
Design Corner: Finding Direction 
Pools/Aquatics: Avoiding Entrapment 
The Impact of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act
Pest Control: Birds Versus Ballparks 

  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
Computer Software
Skateparks
New Product Ideas
Trade Show In Print
NRPA Showcase
November 2008
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  FEATURES
Keeping Up, Reaching Out
Outfitting Fitness Facilities
More Than Child's Play
Thinking Outside the Sandbox
Versatile Venues
Collaborate to Bring More to Your Community
Rest Stops
Adding Versatile, Durable, Beautiful Restrooms

  FACILITY PROFILES
Hot Sports, Cool Solution
Hangar Athletic Xchange in Los Angeles

  GUEST COLUMNS
Design Corner: Third-Party Aquatic Center Management 
A Look at the Pros & Cons
Skateparks: Skatepark Evolution 
The 'New' Concrete Skatepark
Waterparks & Splash Play Areas: Cool Solutions 
Shady Spaces Please Patrons

  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
Outdoor Sports Surfaces & Turf
Bleachers & Seating
Ice Rink & Inline Hockey Equipment
New Product Ideas
Belson Outdoors - Your Outdoor Superstore
PPremier Polysteel - The Best Commercial Outdoor Furniture Available. Period.
Weeders Disgest - Got Muck and Lakeweeds? - Free Advice From Our Lake and Pond Experts
Recreation Supply - The Pool Supply Specialists
S.R. Smith - Scan in style - Sentry Guard Chairs - Learn More
National Recreation Systems - Trusted Manufacturer of Quality Aluminum Bleachers, Benches and Picnic tables for over 25 years
ICON Shelter Systems - An Illuminated Choice
SuitMate - 95% less water in 8 seconds