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Editor's Desk - August 2017

Got a Problem?

Recreation, sports and fitness facilities present unique challenges to the folks who run them every day. Some of those challenges are minor and relatively simple to fix, while others are big problems that require big investments.

The good news is that, no matter what sort of challenges and problems you face in the operation of your facilities, there's probably a good solution out there. Manufacturers are constantly innovating to find creative new approaches to problems new and old.

Sometimes it takes a big fix—a complete renovation, a new structure, an overhaul. Other times, there's an easy fix. Either way, though, you need to know what's available and what works best before you make a decision. That's where our Problem Solver Idea Book comes in.

In this annual look at problems and solutions, we cover some of the ways manufacturers, designers, service providers and consultants have come up with to address myriad problems at facilities of all types, from pool and aquatic operations to parks and playgrounds to sports and fitness, concessions and more. Here, you'll be able to find out more about some of the newest solutions to ongoing problems, as well as common strategies for dealing with troubles that are less common.

We hope you'll find a solution to your most common problems in these pages. But if you don't, let us know. Tell us about the challenges you're facing in your facility. There's a whole market of folks out there who are just looking for new problems to solve, new ways to innovate to help you run more efficiently, more effectively—more successfully.


Emily Tipping
Editorial Director,
Recreation Management

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