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  June 2017 
Camps
A Look at Trends in Camps

Camp facilities give people a way to get away from it all. Here, we'll take a look at trends in these facilities, which include campgrounds, youth camps and more.

Community Centers
A Look at Trends in Community Centers

Community centers are hubs of activity, providing a place where people can play, compete and focus on wellness. This web-exclusive story looks at the latest trends in these facilities.


  May 2017 
The State-of-the-Art Student Experience
St. Mary's High School in Stockton, Calif.

When this nearly 1,000-student school opened its new Chase Family Fitness Center in 2015, it expanded its goal to develop its students and staff spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically. Learn more about the new complex.

The Purple Haze
Be Ready for Pool Season

Now that winter is over, recreational pools are pulling off the covers and getting ready for summer fun. But sometimes, what’s lurking under that cover needs some attention.


  April 2017 
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.


  March 2017 
SUNY New Paltz Gets a Jump on Fitness

A new app is giving students, faculty, staff and alumni at SUNY New Paltz greater control over their exercise, while providing fitness and recreation facilities important information to help create a better exercise experience.

Serving Up Innovation
OKC Tennis Center Adds Indoor Tennis

The Oklahoma City Tennis Center at Will Rogers Park recently added an award-winning tennis structure housing six regulation courts. The new building brings the OKC Tennis Center to 36 total courts.


  February 2017 
Preventing the Flu at Your Facility

Given that 80 percent of illness-causing germs are spread through touch, cleaning and disinfection is a critical step toward preventing illness and outbreak. Here are some tips to help prevent the spread of flu and other winter germs in your facility.

Sports Without Opponents
Self-Competitive Mainstreaming

When you want to ensure inclusive opportunities for all potential patrons, turn to sports that allow participants to compete against themselves, rather than each other.


  January 2017 
Don't Slip!
Preventing Slips & Falls

Park and recreation managers interested in pool safety need to pay close attention to surfaces around pools. Tiles can become slippery, leading to accidents. But solutions are available to prevent slips and falls.

Affordable Pool Renovations

Pools are often the center of attention at recreation centers and health clubs, and if your pool is lackluster, your facility's business may suffer. Here are some affordable ways to spruce things up.


  November 2016 
Shedding Some Light on UV

An industry expert responds to a recent article about using UV to systems to treat water in swimming pools, with clarification about systems that work best in various contexts.

Setting the Natural Light 'Gold Standard'
Commercial Daylighting Systems Enhance Aesthetics, Sustainable Design, Health & Energy Savings

If you want your facility to maximize patron comfort and minimize costs for lighting, relying on natural light is a key. There are newer commercial daylighting systems that are making indoor daylight more accessible for all kinds of recreation, sports and fitness facilities.


  October 2016 
Troubleshooting Tips for Automatic Pool Cleaners

Automatic pool cleaners are a big part of keeping pools running properly. But things can go wrong. Here are some troubleshooting tips to keep your automatic pool cleaner doing its very important job.

Get an Upgrade for Your Athletic Fields

Since 2015, the Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids. Initiative has renovated more than 607,000 square feet of athletic and recreational green spaces. Learn more about how to add your community's name to the hat to get your own athletic field renovation project under way.


  September 2016 
Overjoyed in the Ozarks
Reeds Spring High School
Reeds Spring, Mo.

When the University of Cincinnati replaced its synthetic turf surface, it led to an unexpected playing surface upgrade at a Southwest Missouri high school.

The 5 W's of Enzymes
Enjoy Crystal Clear Water

Enzyme products have evolved over the years to suit many needs for every body of water. Learn more about the ins and outs of enzymes.


  August 2016 
Passing the Smell Test
Clearing the Air in Aquatic Facilities

Indoor aquatic facilities can present numerous problems in terms of air quality—ultimately threatening the health of swimmers and staff, as well as the pool's infrastructure itself. HVLS fans can help.


  July 2016 
A Stunning Solution for The Yards Park in Washington, D.C.

Yards Park is a fantastic open space in Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, featuring a monumental fountain. But until recently, this stunning fountain wasn't quite so impressive.

It's Elementary
Use Color & Structure to Enhance the Playground Experience

The best playgrounds serve an aesthetic purpose while providing the surrounding community with a much needed center of growth and development for children of all ages.


  June 2016 
A Look at Trends in Camps

Camp facilities provide a natural respite from the workaday world. Here, we take a look at trends in these facilities, from campgrounds to youth camps and beyond.

A Look at Trends in Community Centers

Community and private recreation and sports centers offer up fun, fitness and plenty of opportunities to compete. This web-exclusive section examines the trends in these facilities.


  May 2016 
Generate Business by Renovating Older Pools

If you have a swimming pool that is showing signs of wear and tear, now is the time to look at renovating the pool and its surroundings. The right renovation will fix problems and modernize your pool to attract more swimmers.

Flexible Athletics
The Novogratz Center for Athletics
Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, N.Y., recently completed construction on The Novogratz Center for Athletics, a new 27,900-square-foot facility that was designed to flexibly accommodate the school's growing athletics program.


  April 2016 
Safety vs. Risk on the Playground

Playground safety has come a long way over the years. But has it come too far? The best playgrounds still encourage children to take risks in order to learn and grow.

Drought vs. El Nino
Water Chemistry for a Crazy Climate

Water is central to our climate, and also to our aquatic experiences. Managing water quality and chemistry in swimming pools can be a real challenge in today's crazy climate.


  March 2016 
Building Out the Ideal Swim School

Goldfish Swimming School has more than 30 indoor pool locations nationwide, with indoor air quality and comfort painstakingly built into each location.

Dealing With Off-Road Trash Receptacles

Finding ways to streamline operations is one way to reduce costs. With specialized trash trucks, many city leaders are finding new efficiencies in taking care of off-road trash at parks, trails and sports facilities.


  February 2016 
Understanding ORP, Sanitization & How Controllers Work

Correct water balance in commercial pools and spas makes the difference between a safe, attractive pool and a disaster. Advances in automation, new methods of disinfection and better education have made aquatic facility managers' jobs easier.

Thinking Forward on Custom Nature Play
Dove Springs Park in Austin, Texas

A result of strategic, collaborative partnerships and forward-thinking community leaders, the new custom playscape at Dove Springs Park in Austin, Texas, is turning heads.


  January 2016 
Savings, Beauty & Improved Visibility in the Pool

One of the fastest, easiest ways to reduce energy consumption and save money at your aquatic facility is to replace incandescent pool lighting with today's improved LED lighting.

Tarping: How to Keep Your Sports Turf Crew Safe

Tarps are an important tool to protect sports fields from weather damage. But it's equally important to protect your crew.


  November 2015 
The Science Behind Pool Cleaning
Best Practices for Robotic Pool Cleaners in Commercial Pools

Your swimming pool is in a constant state of change. Failure to properly clean the pool can lead to illness or worse. Here's how to know if you're doing it right.

Generation Recreation
Catering Wellness & Fitness to Active Agers, Teens and More

Whether it's designed for active agers or bored teens, programming that is meant for a specific age group is an important part of a facility's lineup.

NRPA Leads Effort to Revitalize North Las Vegas Park

Joe Kneip Park in North Las Vegas recently got a makeover, thanks to the National Recreation and Park Association, the City of North Las Vegas and a number of other partners.


  October 2015 
Eco-Friendly Swimming Pool Draining

Before you drain a pool for the end of the season, cleaning or renovation, give some thought to the effect the water will have on the environment.

Tennis Facilities Recognized

The City of Phoenix's newly renovated Tennis Center was recently recognized for excellence by the U.S. Tennis Association. Learn about this and 12 other winners that were recognized for excellence in construction and renovation.


  September 2015 
Bring the Outside In
Hempfield Recreation Center in Landisville, Pa.

When the Hempfield Recreation Center in Landisville, Pa., needed to improve its operations, it went with a solution that would improve maintenance while decreasing the center's operating expenses.

Going Natural
Incorporating Nature Play Into Urban Parks & Greenways

Expanding on our coverage of urban greenways, we provide additional information about how incorporating natural play elements along greenways can help boost involvement in nature by kids and families.


  July 2015 
Green Your Cleaning

With the adoption of greener practices in recreation facilities comes the use of cleaning products that are greener and scent-free. What's more, the key ingredient in many cleaning solutions nowadays is simple: water.

Trends in Golf Facilities
A Look at Trends in Golf Facilities

As a follow-up to our Annual Industry Report, we take a look at some of the trends among golf facilities, including country clubs, golf clubs and more.


  June 2015 
Camps
A Look at Trends in Camp Facilities

From campgrounds to youth camp facilities, these outdoor venues provide a respite for the wide range of people that come to visit. Here we look at the latest trends in camp facilities.

Community Centers
A Look at Trends in Community Centers

This feature summarizes the survey results from private and community sports and recreation centers, including plans for construction, programming and more.


  May 2015 
Programming Across the Ages
An Inclusive Attitude Gets Active Adults & Seniors Involved

By 2017, one of every two people in the United States will be older than 50, and recreation, sports and fitness facilities are adapting to meet the changing needs of this aging population.

Drought-Proof Your Pool

As summer heats up, things get dryer, and with much of the southwestern United States facing severe droughts, it's important to keep water quality at its best to reduce the need for pool draining and refilling.


  April 2015 
Certifiably Safer in the Fitness Industry

What are the most important qualifications for a fitness instructor? In this article, a legal expert examines the implications of various types of certification testing and the value they create.

No Obstacle to Success

Obstacle course races have seen a huge upswing over the past several years. Learn more about this unique approach to racing events and why people come in droves to compete.


  March 2015 
Managing Maintenance, Meeting Expectations
Fitness Equipment Updates Will Satisfy Facility Owners & End Users

Fitness equipment continues to evolve to make it easier for people to get in a good workout—but manufacturers are also adding features that make it easier for club operators to keep things running smoothly.

Upgrading Play Safety: A Case Example

When First Baptist Church in Neches, Texas, decided to surface their playground with rubber mulch, they turned the whole installation experience into a fun time for all.


  February 2015 
Less Stress, More Fitness
Swimming Decreases Stress, Boosts Fitness As We Age

Just because we get older, that doesn't mean we need to get less fit and less healthy. For those who learn to swim, the water offers the perfect venue for maintaining fitness and health, while reducing stress.

Get Ready to Garden

Many parks and recreation organizations offer community members the space—and even some education—to start gardening. This month, we'll take a look at things you can do to get your community garden's season off to a good start.


  January 2015 
'Youthful Enthusiasm'
Helping Adults Overcome Their Fear of Water

By the time most adults look for help overcoming their fear of water, they need help reclaiming the youthful resiliency that will help them learn and grow.

Fit in '15

What fitness trends will take hold in 2015? Join us as we discuss some of the up-and-coming trends with the American Council on Exercise.


  November 2014 
Durability Meets Design
Provo Recreation Center in Provo, Utah

The new, 160,000-square-foot Provo City Recreation Center is designed to accommodate patrons of all ages. With comfort in mind, special attention was given to the facility's locker rooms and restrooms.

Green Practices in Grounds Management

When you get everyone on board with greener practices in grounds management, you can not only save the environment, you can also save time, effort and maybe even your budget.


  October 2014 
Changing Weather Changes Pool Procedures

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.

Want to Build a Better Community?

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.


  September 2014 
In the Swim
The Olympic Pool & Fitness Centre in Newmarket, New Zealand

A New Zealand pool and fitness center has found the right solution to protect swimmers from illness while providing a wonderful swimming experience.

Turf: A Crash Course

Synthetic turf fields offer a wide range of benefits. Here's a look at some specific types of turf and their applications.


  August 2014 
Drought-Proof Your Pool

With so many states facing water shortages, smart strategies for reducing waste can come in handy and keep your pool up and running.


  July 2014 
Removing Park Barriers

Whether it's a playground suited for all abilities, a trail that provides wheelchair users access to a beautiful view or a picnic area that allows everyone to enjoy their time together, accessibility in our parks is a critical issue. Learn more about how some park sites are removing barriers and improving access.

Shrink the Power Bill
Pacific Park Pool in Glendale, Calif.

One of the most common ways facilities can reduce their operating expenditures is by improving energy efficiency. Smart investments and strategies will help reduce the cost of powering your facility.


  June 2014 
A Look at Trends in Camp Facilities
Camps

Whether it's a private youth camp facility or a campground for all ages, camp facilities offer a unique experience to the people they serve. Here we look at the latest trends among camp facilities.

A Look at Trends in Community Sports & Recreation Centers
Community Centers

This feature summarizes the survey results from private and community sports and recreation centers, including plans for construction, programming and more.


  May 2014 
Fun on the Water
Water-Based Entertainment Adds Revenue, Builds Community

Natural waterfronts are a boon to their communities, when you know how to use them. Water-based family entertainment centers can boost revenue, as well as enhance the community they serve.

Cultural Opportunities
A Case Example Reveals the Impact of Culture on Recreation & Sports Facility Design

Designers of recreation, sports and fitness facilities must take into account the various needs of the population the facility will serve. Unusual sports and differing cultures can present an opportunity to do something different.


  April 2014 
Beautiful Views
The Power of Daylighting

Sure, providing plenty of natural light can help you save on energy costs, but did you know it also can improve performance and productivity, as well as health?

Peak Performance
Bay Club Launches Performance Program

Performance training may be a niche specialty in the programming arena, but those who get it right can really make a difference in helping their clients and members achieve their goals.


  March 2014 
Nice Ice
CAN/AM Adult Pond Hockey Tournament
Lake Placid, N.Y.

Grooming the ice for the 10th annual Lake Placid, N.Y., CAN/AM Adult Pond Hockey Tournament was made just a bit easier this year, due to an equipment donation that smoothed the process.

Under the Right Lights
Ryan Center
University of Rhode Island

New lighting for the University of Rhode Island's Ryan Center means the Rams will be among the first basketball players shooting hoops under LED lights.


  February 2014 
Get Ready for Race Day

Many parks and recreation organizations play host to 5ks, fun runs and other races. What are the benefits to your community and your organization, and what are some of the ins and outs of hosting a great race?

A Suitable Shelter

For the Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation tribe, a planned tepee-themed shelter will serve as a gathering spot and focal point for this community in the far northern reaches of Alberta, Canada.


  January 2014 
The Value of Play: Bringing Recess Back

A mounting pile of research shows that kids do better in school—and in life—when they have access to free play during the school day. So, how many schools have tipped the scales to add recess back to the school day?

Make Some Noise
Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School
Scotch Plains, N.J.

When its sports fields' audio system failed on homecoming day, one school knew it was time for something different.


  November 2013 
King of Laundry
Cabrillo College Boosts Laundry Productivity

Athletic and fitness facility laundry can be a gigantic chore. Having the right tools in place can make a difference, as one college found.


  October 2013 
Boosting Sports in a War Zone

Sports are a universal language, and children around the world love to come together for competition and fun. Engaging children in community and sport is one goal of a recent project that brought dozens of sports courts to communities in Afghanistan.

Recreation
The Lost Episodes of Parks and Recreation
(That We Would Like to See…)

  September 2013 
Aquatic Safety
Consortium Aims to Keep Pools Safe

One of the most important steps you can take to improve water quality at your pool is to educate the public. This month we take a look at some of the things the National Swimming Pool Foundation is doing to help pools keep their water clean and safe.


  August 2013 
Handling Burrowers on the Golf Course

Burrowing rodents can present a huge challenge for golf groundskeepers. But there are green and effective solutions that can save your fairways and greens, as well as labor.


  July 2013 
Sports for Everyone
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Adaptive Sports

Learn more about how adaptive sports programs are ensuring everyone gets to play.


  May 2013 
Honorable Mentions

We've announced the winners of our awards, but there were plenty of other entries that received high marks from the judges and deserve a little recognition. Here, we take a look at a few of the most innovative projects that didn't quite make it to the winner's circle.


  April 2013 
Freshen Up Your Fitness

Spring's as good a time as any to freshen up your fitness programs and equipment. Here, we take a quick look at some of the latest introductions and trends in fitness, from new kettlebell programming to amazing green solutions.


  March 2013 
Bird's Eye View
Aerial Imagery
High-Res Technology Enhances Landscape Management

Getting an aerial view of your golf course or other recreational facility can make a big difference in effectively managing the site.


  February 2013 
Fighting Disease, One Germ at a Time

Flu season isn't over yet. Learn how to prevent the spread of germs at your facility with these helpful tips.


  January 2013 
Play
Inclusive Play Stands Out

Expanding on our print feature covering inclusive playgrounds, we offer a look at how some playgrounds have put ideas into action.

Portrait of a Winner
Tuscarora Township Wins Shelter

Tuscarora Township in Michigan was the lucky winner of a beautiful shelter at the NRPA Congress this past October. Learn more about how the township plans to utilize its windfall.


  November 2012 
Work Your Turf
Aeration, Overseeding Can Help Turfgrass After Drought

The drought of 2012 was brutal in many locations, and your turf might be feeling the effects. Learn what you need to do now to help rejuvenate your turf.


  October 2012 
Keep the Speed on Ice
Skatetown
Roseville, Calif.

A Sacramento ice rink relies on a unique traffic solution to keep speeding traffic under control.

Halloween Hauntings
Bennett's Curse
Jessup, Md.

Bennett's Curse in Jessup, Md., has been named one of the best haunted houses in the country and has been featured on the Travel Channel. To get all of their frightful attractions under one roof, owners turned to a unique building solution.


  September 2012 
Smart Technology

RFID wristbands have been implemented at Hersheypark to improve customer convenience and satisfaction, as well as boost profits at the park.


  August 2012 
A Miracle for Joplin
New Playgrounds Set Up at Cunningham Park

Nearly a year after a devastating tornado ploughed through Joplin, Mo., replacement playgrounds are making their way, thanks to the help of volunteers and a dedicated playground manufacturer.


  July 2012 
Need Energy? Make Your Own
YMCA of the North Shore Saves Resources, Operating Costs with Co-Generation

Fitness facilities can get a boost when they engage in cogeneration solutions to power their facilities. Learn how a YMCA has taken advantage of this technology to reduce its operating expenditures.

Boost Your RWI Knowledge
New Course, Handbook Help Aqua Pros Prevent Problems

Aquatic facility managers must stay on top of the latest news and tools to fight the good fight against recreational water illnesses. The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) has some new resources available to help you meet these challenges head on.


  June 2012 
Camp Trends
A Look at Trends in Camps, Campgrounds & RV Parks

Camps, campgrounds and RV parks are a unique breed among recreation, sports and fitness facilities. Learn about how these facilities are adding programs and amenities over the next few years, as well as other trends.


  May 2012 
Heavy-Duty Fixtures

At the new KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Ky., designers found an aesthetically pleasing solution for restrooms that can withstand the abuse of sports fans.

Research Covers Trends in Shared Use

Joint use agreements are recommended to help communities stay active after school. Active Living recently overviewed some of the current trends in these agreements.


  April 2012 
Cleaning the Water, Clearing the Air
How UV Water Treatment Improves Water and Air Quality

UV treatment is a great way to sanitize your pool's water, but it also helps improve air quality around swimming pools—especially indoors. This article explores the use of UV treatment in pools to help improve water and air quality.

Kids Just Want to Have Fun

In a recent survey, 84 percent of kids said they either quit or wanted to quit playing sports, mostly because they weren't having fun. We look at some of the other troubling numbers, and talk with an expert about how to bring back the fun and engage kids in sports.


  March 2012 
Mother Nature's Marathon

When Mother Nature almost put a stop to a Vermont marathon, planners made quick, smart adjustments to ensure runners would get their chance to shine.

Parks Reach Out to Disabled Vets & Soldiers

U.S. Paralympics selected the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to receive grant funding in support of Paralympic sport and physical activity programs for disabled veterans and members of the armed forces. Find out how these programs are making a difference.


  February 2012 
Recreation Careers
Drilling Down

In the issue, our expert columnist takes a look at streamlining the path to a graduate assistantship in recreation. In this Web-exclusive companion to that story, we provide an overview of the skills required to move ahead in such a career.

Memories & Dreams
A Playground Comes to Tucson

A little more than a year has passed since Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was critically injured by a gunshot wound to the head. Also in attendance at the meeting with constituents was 9-year-old Christina Taylor-Green, who was shot and killed as she stood in line to meet Giffords. Now, Tucson children have a new place to play, and to honor Christina.


  January 2012 
Operations & Maintenance: Locker Rooms
Quality Materials, Security Improve Locker Room, Restroom Upkeep

Locker rooms are a crucial aspect of the facilities they serve, but they can also present maintenance challenges. Getting it right in the first place, with proper materials and designs that take security into account, will help smooth the process.

Cool It Down
Indiana State University Saves on Cooling Towers

One of the areas where overhead can be contained or reduced is in the operation of the chilled water systems that support air conditioning throughout college campuses, specifically the cooling towers.

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