Turning a park from bare to beautiful—and making it functional
Whether outfitting an outdoor space for the first time or updating for a fresher style, look no further than our pullout primer on site furnishings and park components. From analysis and planning to selection guides and maintenance considerations, we furnish practical answers to questions about properly accessorizing a successful outdoor space.
How to make and market kids’ programming to not only fight fat but rise above a bloated marketplace of leisure choices
Whether responding to the highly publicized growth in childhood obesity or creating programming that's attractive to older children, rise to the challenge and succeed with this fickle, marketing-savvy and highly essential kid crowd. We talk to the pros about what works, what keeps kids moving—and what they'll see right through.
A closer look at aquatics facilities that used their successes and failures to grow
Without the right programming, aquatic centers can become expensive liabilities, not revenue-generating assets. There always will be lap swimmers, but they're a tiny fraction of the rest of the population—and the rest of the world might not realize how much a pool has to offer. We look at ways to help get keep an aquatic center bustling with effective programming and scheduling.
American Society of Landscape Architects
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has declared April 2005 as National Landscape Architecture Month, and the theme, Design for Active Living, highlights ways community design and access to parks and recreational facilities affect residents' daily activity levels and, in turn, their overall health.
Food Service and Concessions
A successful concession area is important to your business on many levels. Patrons will stay at your location longer if they don't have to leave when they are hungry. Having a great selection of snack bar items available will keep customers happy and satisfied. Furthermore, your snack bar is fantastic source of revenue. With the right menu selections and planning, your concession stand can greatly enhance the profitability of your overall operation.
One Colorado Waterpark’s Wave of Stardom
Talk about scene-stealing. The new feature film The Surfer King was shot on location last summer at Hyland Hills Water World in Federal Heights, Colo. The 64-acre waterpark became not only a movie set but one of the stars of the PG-13 flick, which includes actors Alan Thicke (Growing Pains), Cerina Vincent (Power Rangers Lost Galaxy), Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman) and Keri Lynn Pratt (Fat Albert). Get a sneak preview.
Plex Indoor Sports
Columbia, S.C., isn't terribly cold in winter, but it gets chilly and rainy, and it's certainly not conducive for outdoor soccer. As coach of the girls' varsity soccer team at the local Ben Lippen School, physician Mike Harris lamented the unproductive waiting season, so he decided to do something about it. Combining his desire for an indoor field with a longtime vision of creating a family-focused recreation facility, Harris aimed to score big with Plex Indoor Sports.
Buffalo Grove High School
Buffalo Grove, Ill.
As schools around the country face budget cuts, physical-education programs often become casualties. For some kids, school can be the only place where they exercise, and once that is gone, little stands in the way to slow down the nationwide obesity epidemic.
Then there's Buffalo Grove, Ill. A suburb of Chicago, it's home to the 2,000-student Buffalo Grove High School, which exists in a sort of parallel universe to the rest of the world. Not only does the school have 26 different sports for students, it also has a weight-training and cardio room that's nicer than most health clubs, with 14 selectorized weight stations, 18 cardio machines, free weights and three televisions.
Leadership Through Athletics
Spend a few minutes talking to the Grace brothers about the goals and philosophy behind Leadership Through Athletics, and it becomes clear just how passionately committed they are to their project. They have to be—after all, they broke ground on the 16,250 square-foot facility without a single cent of outside funding, financing it entirely on a personal line of credit. Though their full-time development director (one of only two paid staff members) has been soliciting and obtaining public- and private-sector donations ever since, the center's financial future is uncertain, to say the least.