APRIL 2006

FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Let the Gaming Begin

FEATURES

Special Supplement: A Complete Guide to Site Furnishings & Park Components: Planning the right park components

Special Supplement: A Complete Guide to Site Furnishings & Park Components

Planning the right park components

Whether you are planning a park from scratch or just sprucing up your grounds, there are plenty of key considerations when it comes to site components. From value to vandal-resistance, learn from our handy guide.

Tips from the Top: Bringing in business for challenge courses and climbing walls

Tips from the Top

Bringing in business for challenge courses and climbing walls

Like any recreational offering, continually building interest in climbing walls and challenge courses is, well, a challenge. Find out how to keep your facility on the cutting edge.

Safe Swimming: Managing risk at aquatic facilities

Safe Swimming

Managing risk at aquatic facilities

Improving safety is a constant battle for aquatic facilities. Dangers lurk from drowning, electrocution, entrapment, RWIs and other risks. We offer some strategies for keeping up your vigilance.

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GUEST COLUMNS

Forward Thinking on Background Checks

Association Guest Column: National Alliance For Youth Sports

If you were to take a poll among parents at any youth sports game across the country to determine how many of them thought their children's coach had undergone a background check, the majority of parents would probably assume that they did. In reality, there's a good chance they would be wrong.

Hot Profits: Expanding your menu with heated sandwiches

Food Service and Concessions

Today's consumers are looking for healthier, higher quality options when making their food choices. The desire for fresh, low-fat foods has driven the fresh sandwich category for the last several years, and this trend does not appear to be slowing.

Using Total Water Management

Aquatics

Pools can be a huge money pit unless the proper system and expert maintenance team is in place. One approach that ensures professional monitoring and maintenance while adhering to a budget is Total Water Management (TWM).

YMCA Gladiator

Programming Profile

The Madison Area YMCA in Madison, N.J., hosts Teen Scene every Friday evening for more than 100 sixth, seventh and eighth graders. A key component of the four-hour evening is sports. Planners created a new game, YMCA Gladiator, to provide a high-energy activity that takes not only athleticism but detailed strategy to win. The successful result lies somewhere among pulled ribbons, flying dodgeballs and an ever-changing maze that has kids lining up to play.

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FACILITY PROFILES

Handy Solution

Cicero Senior Center
Cicero, Ill.

Instead of having to meet at a local restaurant to socialize, senior citizens in Cicero, Ill., now have a state-of-the-art senior center to congregate. Though it took some hard work: The 50-year-old building that is home to the 4,640-square-foot center was formerly a hardware store.