FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Building, maintaining and inspecting playgrounds to ensure all kids can play, safely
Every 2.5 minutes, another child is injured on playground equipment in the United States, and between 15 and 20 children on average die every year as a result of playground injuries. Playground equipment manufacturers and playground owners have come a long way when it comes to safety, but thereís still more work to be done to raise the national bar on playground safety.
Get more people in the pool with fresh aquatic programming for adults
Aquatic facility directors have their bases covered when it comes to providing the most sought-after amenities. But when it comes to programming, thereís still work to be done. With most facilities already offering ample opportunities to get wet for the under-18 crowd, itís time to develop new approaches to get grownups back in the pool.
Find out what people want and keep everyone happy
Everyone wants to provide the programs people will enjoy—and that goes double for activities that meet a true need. But how do you know what those are? Before getting in over your head, have a look at some examples and ideas from successful facilities and experts across the United States.
A landscape architect's perspective on park design
Parks and accessible open space are necessary for human development. But what are the keys of good park design? Here are the key aspects to consider when designing a park.
Trends in strength-training equipment
As more people get involved in strength training, the equipment must evolve to meet their needs. We take a look at whatís new in strength-training equipment for the most innovative fitness facilities.
Eliminating water buildup from running tracks
There are many things to consider when designing a running track, but its worst enemy is a flooded surface, which over time can cause major damage. Surface drainage systems can isolate the track to carry away storm water, eliminate ponding and protect the track from runoff and debris.
Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse in Philadelphia
The 107-year-old newly renovated Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse has passed the test of time, with more than a thousand children per day still visiting its 6-acre wooded parkland, 44-foot wooden slide and mansion-like playhouse.
The OSU Adventure Recreation Center in Columbus, Ohio
The Adventure Recreation Center and its Outdoor Adventure Center offer students an alternative athletic experience, with 4,000 square feet of climbing surfaces, indoor turf fields and sport courts, and other amenities.
Grizzly Jackís Grand Bear Resort in Utica, Ill.
Grizzly Jackís Grand Bear Resort & Indoor Waterpark opened in 2006 just down the road from Starved Rock State Park. Features include a 24,000-square-foot indoor waterpark as well as an indoor carnival with nine full-sized rides.