Boosting business through a firm focus on recreational aquatics
Since the advent of the modern waterpark in the late 1970s, technology has grown by leaps and bounds to create attractions that go way beyond a wave pool or tube water slide. Even local aquatic centers have reaped big rewards from installing innovative yet reasonably priced waterpark-like features. Take a look at ways your facility can attract business by getting creative.
The right equipment and fixtures can make your sports facility a winner
Outfitting your athletic space with the right components can seem a daunting task. Get a handle on the basic options and bonus extras that will keep your facility shooting and scoring for years to come.
Concessions and food service for increasingly health-conscious consumers
Food can make or break a facility. With so much focus on healthy food choices these days, we offer some hearty tips for adding nutritious—and appealing—options to your menu.
Tips for keeping customers happy
Sometimes keeping patrons happy can feel like trying to wrestle a hungry tiger. Instead of letting them devour you and your staff, learn how to have them eating out of your hand with some good observations and diplomacy.
International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association
As parks and recreation professionals, let us not forget that play is incredibly important to the development of a child's social, emotional, cognitive and physical development as well as to their creativity and imagination. Conversely, a growing body of research shows that a lack of free, spontaneous play can be harmful to the developing child.
Choosing the right light source for color-matching tests
If you're responsible for maintaining water quality in a regulated pool or spa, then you're familiar with the color-matching tests used to monitor parameters such as pH, chlorine, bromine, copper and iron. However, it's important to perform these tests under the right lighting conditions because the light source can affect your color perception. Learn how understanding this concept can help you to maximize the accuracy of your test results.
In today's world, it's all about convenience. Every time you turn around there's something new to make your life "better"—just about everything has a quick fix, except fitness.
You've probably heard the phrase "Champagne taste on a beer budget." Superior finishes are plentiful when your budget is plenty big. But when recreation facilities are designed within a strict budget, how do you jazz it up without breaking the bank?
Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center
It's a budgeting problem more cities probably wish they had: how best to spend the approximately $10 million donated to the city by a recreation-minded benefactor looking to provide indoor and outdoor facilities for residents' play and exercise. The city of Moscow, Idaho, is lucky enough to have this problem and is proceeding as most small towns with limited tax bases would: carefully and prudently, making every dollar stretch.
Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark at Grand Geneva
Lake Geneva, Wis.
It used to be a Playboy, but the Grand Geneva has turned into a real family guy. With the addition of Timber Ridge Lodge and its indoor waterpark, Moose Mountain Falls, a resort that began its life as the Playboy Club added a new spark by creating a separate segment catering to a family audience year-round with a wide range of programs and opportunities.
The Blog Spot
Illinois Park and Recreation Association
The IPRA launched a Web log—known as The Blog Spot—earlier this year. The site, which is being billed as the nation's first blog aimed at recreation professionals, features up-to-the minute news, chat rooms, pictures and polls.