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OCTOBER 2010

FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

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FEATURES

Cover Ups: Selecting the Right Shade Structure for Your Needs

Cover Ups

Selecting the Right Shade Structure for Your Needs

Beyond providing just the necessary UV protection, shade structures can provide so much more. When well planned, selected and installed, they can attract more people to our venues, extend the recreational hours of the day and night, add revenue and even put a little romance in our lives.

The Big Event: Communities Find New Ways to Host Elaborate Fests

The Big Event

Communities Find New Ways to Host Elaborate Fests

This features looks at several examples of how North American communities are implementing new ways to run special events that draw patrons and turn a profit. When special events are done right, they boost both the local economy and the community's reputation.

A Welcome Inclusion: Invisible Disabilities Get Hands-On Attention

A Welcome Inclusion

Invisible Disabilities Get Hands-On Attention

Millions of Americans struggle with the social and emotional challenges associated with "invisible" disabilities like ADHD, bipolar disorders, autism spectrum disorders and sensory integration disorders. Thankfully, a growing number of organizations are making recreation programming more accessible to these citizens.

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GUEST COLUMNS

Pool / Aquatics

Failing Salt Generators
The Phosphate Connection

When salt generators are working properly, they are continuously producing free available chlorine to proper set levels. But what should you do when they are not working properly?

US Play Coalition

The Value of Play: It Matters!

According to researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine, free play is essential to proper cognitive, physical, social and emotional development.

Sprayparks

What Matters Now in Sprayground Water Treatment

As sprayparks grow in popularity, a new focus is emerging on better design from concept through operation, maintenance and paying the water bill. Of particular concern are water conservation and safety, with an emphasis on better water treatment system design.

Design Corner

Enhance Your Rec Center's Quality of Life

With budgets continuing their crunch, many communities have put their plans for new recreation centers on hold. But that doesn't mean you need to accept the status quo. Many of today's older recreation centers can be successfully renovated or expanded.

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FACILITY PROFILES

Playground Safety

Watch Out Mulch!
Portsmouth Public Schools in Portsmouth, Va

When they wanted to protect kids on the playground, leaders at Portsmouth Public Schools turned to an innovative safety surface solution.

Recreation Center

Challenges Met
Sachs Recreation Center in Deerfield, Ill.

The facility once used as a practice center for the championship Chicago Bulls basketball team is now the Deerfield Park District's Sachs Recreation Center, offering a score of new amenities and programming for residents.

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DEPARTMENTS

Before You Go…

Road to Education
Born Learning Trail Encourages Kids to Learn

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PRODUCT SHOWCASES

Computer Software

Lighting

Dog Park Equipment

New Product Ideas

NRPA Exhibitor Preview

National Recreation & Parks Association Congress & Exposition October 25-29, 2010

Trade Show In Print

Belson Outdoors - Your Outdoor Superstore
Recreation Supply - The Pool Supply Specialists
Kay Park Recreation - American Made Park Equipment Since 1954
Commercial Recreation Specialists - It's all here.
ICON Shelter Systems - An Illuminated Choice
Robertson Recreational Surfaces / TotTurf - Providing quality safety surfacing products since 1991
Weeders Disgest - Got Muck and Lakeweeds? - Free Advice From Our Lake and Pond Experts
Vantage - Tablet Feeders for Any Size Pool