A guide to playground diligence and maintenance
When it comes to designing a playground, it ain't kids play. Providing a safe play structure is a responsibility that will last as long as the structure does. Such care requires constant maintenance and vigilance. And to do it properly, supervisors must dedicate more employee attention to the equipment. Check out tips on how the create the coolest—yet safest—playground in town.
From brand-new or converted complexes to parent-proof fields, a look at the latest in sports field design
With the increasing popularity of some sports and the need to find fresh revenue streams, new sports complexes continue to pop up around the country. Several new projects have illustrated the creative possibilities in sports field design. Budgetary concerns, high demand for field space and environmental issues appear to be driving this creativity.
We discussed these innovative design concepts with architects, designers and facility managers, centering on how the changing demands of the recreational world are effecting the newest sports fields.
Bright ideas that are easy on the environment—and your budget
Although it sometimes requires a little extra effort upfront, saving the environment often ends up saving you money. Taking the issue of environmental protection head-on, here are some tips for how managers can make changes that boost a facility's environmentally friendly factors as well as save some green stuff.
How to make sure your facility, staff and patrons are safe from threats, big or small, from a terrorism threat to plain old petty theft
Before Sept. 11, 2001, security for recreation managers meant micro-security, preventing small-scale personal property crime and vandalism. However, in the wake of Sept. 11, facilities now must be safeguarded as a whole, on the macro level.
Security experts and park law enforcement offer keys to maintaining a safe and fun environment for recreational facilities. Ideas run the gamut from simple, cost-effective strategies to fight traditional property and personal crime to the emerging issues of large-scale disasters and terrorism.
In a business that prides itself on making customers physically fit, it is a daunting task for managers to make their own facilities fit in terms of programs, space allocation, budget and membership. When it comes to planning, find out how you can maximize your use of space.
Artesian wells: engineering a change in how we use natural resources
The new Alamosa Family Recreation Center in Colorado boasts a unique geothermal artesian well heating system among other amenities, illustrating another one of nature's answers to green design.
How to create abuse-resistant restrooms and locker rooms
According to a recent survey, problem restrooms and locker rooms can have a lasting impact on patrons' perceptions of your facility as a whole. Find out how to make the best impression possible on the people who use your high-traffic restrooms and locker rooms. Check out our checklist of practical tips.
Sparta High School
Excess moisture can wreak havoc with floors, which is exactly the problem Sparta High School faced when the synthetic floor started bubbling in spots throughout its gymnasium. Follow the school's search for a solution.
South Germantown Recreational Park
South Germantown, Md.
From a world-class soccer complex to a huge playground to mini-golf to a splash play area, this 690-acre project seems to have it all. Find out how they pulled it off.
Grapevine-Colleyville Swim Center
Poor air quality has long plagued this indoor pool, causing severe discomfort for competitors and spectators alike and resulting in the facility being routinely shut out of hosting major swim meets. Learn the tact they took to correct the air problems for good so that they know breathe easy.