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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.