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JANUARY 2007

FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Sowing New Seeds

FEATURES

Safe Ground: Building, maintaining and inspecting playgrounds to ensure all kids can play, safely

Safe Ground

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 there's still more work to be done to raise the national bar on playground safety.

Beyond the Lap Lane: Get more people in the pool with fresh aquatic programming for adults

Beyond the Lap Lane

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, there's still work to be done. With most facilities already offering ample opportunities to get wet for the under-18 crowd, it's time to develop new approaches to get grownups back in the pool.

Satisfaction Guaranteed: Find out what people want and keep everyone happy

Satisfaction Guaranteed

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.

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GUEST COLUMNS

Natural Beauty

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.

A Show of Strength

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 what's new in strength-training equipment for the most innovative fitness facilities.

Isolate Your Track

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.

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FACILITY PROFILES

Passing the Test of Time

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 School Spirit of Adventure

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.

Ain't It Grand

Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort in Utica, Ill.

Grizzly Jack's 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.

Recreonics - wibit - Keep Your Balance
RenoSys  - Buy American Grate Again
Pilot Rock - Shop Trash Receptacles
National Recreation Systems - Trusted Manufacturer of Quality Aluminum Bleachers, Benches and Picnic tables for over 25 years
Belson Outdoors - Your Outdoor Superstore
No Fault - Safe Play Starts with Safe Surfaces
Kay Park Recreation - American Made Park Equipment Since 1954
SuitMate - 95% less water in 8 seconds