FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Shelters & Shade Structures to Set Your Site Apart
The right shelters or shade structures provide a wide range of benefits to the parks they inhabit, from creating an aesthetically pleasing gathering spot with protection from the sun's UV rays to revenue-generation potential.
Outdoor Fitness Adventures Equal Fun for All Ages
Helping a community get fit means providing a range of amenities that enable people to get out and get active. A wide variety of trails—from fitness-inspired to greenways—are cropping up across the nation.
The Latest Trends in Park Landscape Design
The most beautiful landscapes involve far more than fencing off an area and calling it a park. Careful landscape design leads to parks that successfully gather communities together.
Ball Fields, Pools Get a Boost With LEDs
Lighting swimming pools and sports fields has become a lot more economical with the introduction of LEDs. In this feature, we explore some of the newer ideas in sports and pool lighting.
More Consideration Needed for Long-Term Facility Upkeep
Getting a project off the ground—whether it's a new park and playground or a recreation center—is an exciting time. It's easy to get lost in all the bells and whistles of something new. But it's equally important to plan for the long term, ensuring your team can handle ongoing maintenance requirements.
The world's weather patterns are changing, and predictable seasonal weather is hard to come by. Traditional methods for closing down pools for the season may need to adapt.
The National Recreation and Park Association's Building Better Communities signature grant program's application period opens at the end of October. Learn more about the program, as well as some of the projects it's making possible.
'RESPECT' the Water
New Drowning Prevention Campaign Encourages Water Safety
You can take precautions to guard against a drowning incident in your pool, but those efforts don't protect patrons once they leave. Enter RESPECT, a new drowning prevention program created by the Association of Aquatic Professionals.
Pushing the Edge Without Falling Off
You might have a brilliant idea for a custom play space, with support and funding from a community that can't wait to try it out. But how do you ensure your conceived play area will be as safe as can be?
The Science of Selecting a Waterless Urinal
Waterless urinals can have a dramatic impact on the environment, and a facility's bottom line. Learn more about how to shop for the right fit for your restrooms and patrons.
A Fitter Student Body
Sun Devil Fitness Complexes Arizona State University - Various Campuses
A 2013 renovation of its Sun Devil Fitness Complexes across four campuses introduced new fitness equipment and software to Arizona State University, driving up traffic by 15 to 20 percent.
France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center
Purdue University West Lafayette, Ind.
How do you transform your 57-year-old recreational sports center? Turn it inside out. That's how the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center at Purdue University was transformed in 2013 from a dark box into a bright, modern center.