FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Fundamental Considerations in Locker Room Design and Maintenance
They may not be the flashiest facility features, but locker rooms and restrooms have a critical impact on your patrons' experience—and impression. We look at essential aspects to consider when designing and outfitting these crucial spaces.
Expanding Your Audience to the Younger Set
How can recreation facilities compete with TV, videogames and other couch-riding activities to get kids onto ballfields and into rec rooms to participate in team sports and other activities? The short answer: Market to your audience.
Above and Beyond
The ballots are in, and we've selected the top winners of our fifth annual design awards competition. We're proud to showcase those facilities here—from brand-new to recently renovated, from family aquatic centers to youth centers to university recreation centers and beyond. Read on to see how these top facilities are raising the bar for recreation, sports and fitness facilities across America.
WinnersButler UniversityHealth & Recreation Complex
Garland Special Events Center
The Ohio State University Recreation & Physical Activity Center
Boll Family YMCA
Southern Methodist University Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports
MacBain Community Centre
University of Texas at Austin Gregory Gym Aquatic Complex
Widener University Wellness Center
Bad Königshofen Family Aquatic Center
University of Cincinnati Campus Recreation Center
Editor's Choice WinnerSpringwood Youth Center
We also are delighted to showcase the following facilities that were submitted to us and sponsored by the firm that entered them:Goodman Community Swimming Pool
Gold's Gym, Redmond
Fresno State University Student Recreation Center
Vaughan Athletic Center
The Pavilion at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Harrisonville Community Center
University of North Texas Athletic Training Center
University of Dayton RecPlex
Pollock Community Water Park
Walter Payton Recreation & Wellness Center, Jackson State University
Wellesley Community Centre
University of North Dakota Wellness Center
The Boys & Girls Club of Worcester
Greeley Family FunPlex
Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort "Wild Waterdome"
Platte County Community Center South
Thomas College Harold Alfond Athletic Center
The Wave Aquatic & Fitness Center
Metal building systems for recreation design
Metal building systems have been used in the recreation industry for years. Whether a new facility, a renovation or an addition, steel can offer owners safe, structurally solid and energy-efficient facilities.
Investing in a synthetic athletic field
When it comes time to deliver the best synthetic turf field for your patrons, the devil really is in the details. Careful evaluation is key to making the most appropriate selection.
Association Guest Column: International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA)
Play is recognized as a fundamental right of every child by the United Nations, yet this right is challenged worldwide. Here are some reasons why kids need play.