APRIL 2017


The Power of Dissent

Making Places


Guide to Playgrounds and Park Furnishings

Guide to Playgrounds and Park Furnishings

In our annual Guide to Playgrounds and Park Furnishings, we examine some of the latest trends in park sites and playgrounds. Feature stories cover the latest trends in playground equipment, as well as the best ways to select and arrange site furnishings, and smart strategies for designing park spaces.

The Latest in Park Planning and Design

Parks are an essential part of a well-planned neighborhood, and as such, they require careful attention to planning and design. Collaborating with residents and other stakeholders and accommodating the interests of multiple generations are two keys to success.

Trends in Playground Planning & Design

From inclusive playspaces that give kids of all abilities a chance to play alongside one another to custom-designed playgrounds that take a locality's history, culture or geology into account and beyond, playground designers and manufacturers continue to raise the bar.

Furnishing Your Site Effectively

If you find yourself sitting serenely on a park bench, taking in the surroundings, the last thing on your mind is probably the park bench. But there are people who have given a lot of thought to that bench, along with all the other furnishings that make a park a pleasant place to be.

Reaching New Heights: Demand for Adventure Fitness on the Rise

Reaching New Heights

Demand for Adventure Fitness on the Rise

From climbing and bouldering walls to ropes courses, challenge courses and obstacle courses, there's a tremendous range of adventure out there for the taking. Find out more about how to best manage these types of amenities, from getting folks interested to keeping them coming back for more.

Essential Aquatic Maintenance: Facilities Need Planned Maintenance, Energy-Efficient Solutions

Essential Aquatic Maintenance

Facilities Need Planned Maintenance, Energy-Efficient Solutions

Aquatic facilities come with a lot of working parts that need to be kept running effectively. Staying on top of a wide range of maintenance requirements is essential to maintaining a safe environment for swimmers, as well as protecting your investment in your facility.

Pass It On: Cultivating New Nature-Lovers With Environmental Education Programs

Pass It On

Cultivating New Nature-Lovers With Environmental Education Programs

To protect the environment for the long term, you need to keep educating people, young and old, about why that's a worthwhile goal. Environmental education programs of all kinds connect people of all ages with the natural world around them, growing tomorrow's conservationists today.

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Tips on Maintaining Safe Swimming Spaces

As swimming continues to grow as a preferred method of exercise, commercial aquatic facilities see an increasing number of users year after year. Facility operators and managers need to keep abreast of the best ways to keep the pool, deck area and locker rooms as safe as possible for all patrons.

Preventing Pool Problems

A recent study revealed that people do, indeed, pee in pools. But the National Swimming Pool Foundation says that's no reason to stop swimming, and offers ways that coaches and facility managers can tackle this problem.

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Resorts & Fitness

When a Traditional Gym Is Not Enough

The hotel and resort business is highly competitive. While many hotels offer a gym where guests can get in a quick workout, it's wise to go above and beyond and incorporate your fitness offerings into your marketing, especially if you're focused on reaching customers who believe in eco-conscious choices.


Planning for a Successful Operation: Part 1
Off-Season Duties

In this first of a two-part series, an aquatic expert walks us through some of the best things to do before the season begins to get an aquatic operation off to a smart start.

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Landscape Design

Art and Landscape
North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, N.C.

A new design for its large campus helps draw visitors through nature into the museum to experience the many artful offerings of this museum.


Rebels Return to Their Roots
Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss.

When faced with the choice between synthetic and natural turf, this university chose the best of both worlds.

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Fitness & Exercise Equipment

Waterfront & Marina Products

New Product Ideas

Problem-Solver Showcase

One of the major goals of Recreation Management always has been to give our readers the practical tips and solutions they need to run more successful facilities and programs. In that spirit, our Problem-Solver Showcase is designed specifically to simplify this process. Following are loads of ideas to help solve many common problems facility managers encounter day in and day out. Feel free to browse this detailed information on the latest products and services designed to tackle tough issues head on.

Belson Outdoors - Your Outdoor Superstore
Vantage - Tablet Feeders for Any Size Pool
Zeager - Bonded WoodCarpet(R) Systems  - Safe & Beautiful - Accessible & Natural
Recreation Supply - The Pool Supply Specialists
Pilot Rock - Summer Planning Starts Now. - Learn More
Commercial Recreation Specialists - Your Waterfront Reinvented
S.R. Smith - Scan in style - Sentry Guard Chairs - Learn More
National Recreation Systems - Trusted Manufacturer of Quality Aluminum Bleachers, Benches and Picnic tables for over 25 years