FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
How Aquatic Settings Can Become a Community Gathering Place
Got water? Whether itís a river, a lakefront or an oceanfront beach, you can maximize your waterfrontís ability to draw in the public from both near and far.
Staying on Top of Fitness Trends
Every year, the American Council on Exercise takes a look at the major trends it expects to impact fitness equipment and programs. We take a look at some top trends, and ask the experts to weigh in.
Outdoor Programming Takes Off
Facilities across the country are looking at innovative ways to get kids of all ages out to enjoy nature. From a 4-H Camp for older adults to programs to encourage women to get outside, we consider some impressive successes.
Smart Cost-Cutting Strategies
In times like these, cutting operating expenses should be every facility managerís objective. But even in times of economic stability, it always pays to examine operating expenses to eliminate waste and reallocate resources to enhance the publicís enjoyment of your facilities.
Sustainability Is a Team Sport
When you want to design a greener facility, itís critical to get the entire team behind the effort from the beginning of the planning process.
New Heights in Play
When it comes to playground safety, many will argue that taller is not better. But itís important to remember that climbing to a challenging height offers a beautiful view—as well as other benefits—to kids.
Outbreak Survival Guide
A Texas facility director was faced with a Crypto outbreak raging through the county, but took heart in smart practices to prevent problems at her own facility. Read her story to learn how you can survive an outbreak in your area.
Why have so many Illinois parks won the gold award from the National Recreation & Park Association? One expert takes a look at how the organizational structure and autonomy of the agencies may have an impact.
Lake Charles Park & Recreation in Lake Charles, La.
After two hurricanes wreaked havoc on this beautiful cityís parks, there was a need to rebuild. But at the same time parks were being brought back to a usable state, the city adapted an approach that encouraged the use of shade structures to protect children—and investments—from the sunís damaging rays.
Recreation Complex at University of California, Santa Barbara
The new addition at the University of California, Santa Barbaraís Recreation Complex fits nicely into its surroundings, giving patrons a beautiful view from both inside and out.
Southtowns Family YMCA in West Seneca, N.Y.
When this YMCAís fitness flooring started to wear out, it looked for a solution that was easy to clean and sound-absorbing to keep the first floor from hearing every detail of the workouts going on above.