FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.