APRIL 2008

FEATURES

<strong>SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT: <br><br>A Guide to Playgrounds & Park Components</strong>

SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT:

A Guide to Playgrounds & Park Components

Whether you're adding a playground, a picnic area or designing a park from scratch, our guide to creating pleasing park spaces is sure to be helpful. From the latest in playground design to innovations in green landscapes, we've got you covered.

Planning Pleasing Playgrounds

Trends in Park Landscaping

Outfitting Your Parks to Provide Space for All

Scaling New Heights: Harness the Popularity of Climbing to Take Your Facility to the Top

Scaling New Heights

Harness the Popularity of Climbing to Take Your Facility to the Top

With a growing interest in indoor climbing, facilities of all types are wise to take advantage of the popularity of this growing sport by adding climbing amenities.

Life Preservers: Meeting the Challenges of 21st Century Aquatic Risk

Life Preservers

Meeting the Challenges of 21st Century Aquatic Risk

Ensuring a properly trained and adequate staff to manage safety at your aquatic facility can be a challenge. We look at some of the imperative information you need to properly train and staff your aquatic facility to ensure swimmers are safe.

Come Camping!: 14 Tips to Ensure Happy After-School and Day Campers

Come Camping!

14 Tips to Ensure Happy After-School and Day Campers

After-school and day camps offer a way for recreation centers to provide a much-needed service to their community. We talked to some successful program directors to get some top tips to camp success.

Table of contents for APRIL 2008 issue of Recreation Management Magazine

GUEST COLUMNS

National Alliance for Youth Sports: Be Smart

Starting Kids Out Right in Sports

To truly focus on getting children interested in sports, you need to start them out with the right tools and techniques.

Concessions: Looking to Increase Profits?

How can you take your concession stand from bland and blah to tantalizing and tasty? This month, we consider various ways to boost your concession operation by expanding your offerings.

Design Corner: Open for Business

Wrapping Up a Revamp by Memorial Day

When building a new aquatic facility—or renovating an existing one—it's crucial to ensure your facility is open in time for swim season. Here are some key considerations to keep your project on schedule.

Spas: Hot Water Basics

If you operate a spa or hot tub in addition to your pool, it's critical to remember that a hot tub is not just a small swimming pool. Here's a look at some basics to help you ensure a safe dip for hot tub users.

Table of contents for APRIL 2008 issue of Recreation Management Magazine

FACILITY PROFILES

A Huge Splash

Beaumont Centre Family YMCA in Lexington, Ky.

A successful aquatics program made a world of difference at this YMCA in Kentucky. We go behind the scenes to learn how one aquatics director got more people interested and involved.

Sprinkler Smarts

Challenger Park in Parker, Colo.

Learn how one park got a handle on its water bills by automating its sprinkler to water when the weather required it.

A Vision in Full

Laurance S. Rockefeller Reserve Center in Moose, Wyo.

The first facility in the National Park Service to earn LEED Platinum status, this new preserve center features many green components.