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  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.