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  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.