Fitness al Fresco: Ideas for Adding—or Expanding—Outdoor Exercise Opportunities

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Fitness al Fresco: Ideas for Adding—or Expanding—Outdoor Exercise Opportunities

By Emily Tipping

Well-designed outdoor fitness areas make exercise accessible to all members of the community. Whether you’re just getting started or looking to expand your outdoor gym, we’ve got expert advice to help.
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Our 2022 Report on the State of the Managed Recreation Industry:

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Our 2022 Report on the State of the Managed Recreation Industry:

By Emily Tipping

From facility construction and operations to staffing, programming and more, we asked professionals in the recreation, sports and fitness industry to tell us about their experience. Here, we gather hundreds of responses to report the latest trends in park, recreation, sports, fitness and aquatic facilities.
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Trends in Schools & School Districts: A Look at Trends in Schools and School Districts

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Trends in Schools & School Districts: A Look at Trends in Schools and School Districts

By Emily Tipping

What would school be without the playgrounds of our early years and the Homecoming parades and football games of our teens? In this section of the Industry Report, we examine the responses from professionals working for schools and school districts.
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Trends in YMCAs, YWCAs, JCCs and Boys & Girls Clubs: A Look at Trends in YMCAs

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Trends in YMCAs, YWCAs, JCCs and Boys & Girls Clubs: A Look at Trends in YMCAs

By Emily Tipping

YMCAs fill a unique niche, providing a tremendous range of programming, from childcare to learn-to-swim and more. Here, we consider the responses to the Industry Report survey from professionals working for Ys, JCCs, Boys & Girls Clubs and similar facilities.
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Trends in Parks & Recreation: A Look at Trends in Parks & Recreation

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Trends in Parks & Recreation: A Look at Trends in Parks & Recreation

By Emily Tipping

Parks have been a respite amidst the pandemic, and many adapted effectively to continue reaching their constituents with passive and active recreation. In this section of the Industry Report, we'll consider how things are beginning to transition back to normal for parks and recreation professionals.
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Trends in Health, Fitness & Sports Clubs: A Look at Trends  in  Health, Fitness & Sports Clubs

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Trends in Health, Fitness & Sports Clubs: A Look at Trends in Health, Fitness & Sports Clubs

By Emily Tipping

Health, fitness and sports clubs saw a heavy impact from COVID-19, with its facility closures. This year, responses to the Industry Report survey from health and fitness club professionals are optimistic about the future.
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Let It Grow: The Community Garden vs. Food Insecurity

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Let It Grow: The Community Garden vs. Food Insecurity

By Dave Ramont

Community gardens don't just offer local residents a place to grow their own produce, they also can help address food insecurity in the areas they serve.
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Team Up!: Navigating Staffing Challenges

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Team Up!: Navigating Staffing Challenges

By Dave Ramont

Like most organizations in the wake of the pandemic and the so-called "Great Resignation," recreation, sports and fitness facilities have been struggling with staffing challenges. Here we talked to some savvy professionals to find out how they're navigating these changes.
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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Reaching & Engaging the Underserved

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Reaching & Engaging the Underserved

By Kelli Ra Anderson

Well-designed outdoor fitness areas make exercise accessible to all members of the community. Whether you’re just getting started or looking to expand your outdoor gym, we’ve got expert advice to help.
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A Shady Place: Shade Structures & Shelters for Parks & Other Recreational Spaces

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A Shady Place: Shade Structures & Shelters for Parks & Other Recreational Spaces

By Joe Bush

Shelters and shade structures serve many functions, whether providing a place for visitors to get out of the weather or a centerpiece that draws the eye like a bandshell or elaborate gazebo. In this story, we talked to shelter and shade experts about how to make the most of these important amenities.
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Trends in Colleges & Universities: A Look at Trends in Colleges and Universities

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Trends in Colleges & Universities: A Look at Trends in Colleges and Universities

By Emily Tipping

Colleges and universities provide myriad opportunities for every student and staff member to get involved in recreation, as well as supporting athletics with facilities as diverse as competition pools, football arenas, fieldhouses and more. In this section of the Industry Report, we consider the latest trends for respondents at colleges and universities.
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Trends in Aquatic Facilities: A Look at Trends in Aquatic Facilities

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Trends in Aquatic Facilities: A Look at Trends in Aquatic Facilities

By Emily Tipping

From natatoriums that host swim meets with space on the deck for spectators, to outdoor aquatic parks with pools, splash play slides and more, to the resort pool with its comfortable amenities, the range of aquatic facilities is broad. In this section of the Industry Report, we consider responses from professionals working for facilities that include aquatics.
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News & Events

Recent Industry News

Recreation Management Magazine

The September 2022 issue of Recreation Management puts the spotlight on outdoor fitness, and park shelters and shade structures, as well as best practices in grounds management. We also examine diversity, equity and inclusion practices, along with how community gardens are helping to address food insecurity. Other stories in the issue tackle lessons from waterpark design, aquatic facility management, and fireworks planning.

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2022 Buyers Guide

Check out our latest guide to everything you need for your sports, recreation or fitness facility. From aquatic supplies to sporting equipment, from workout machines to park site amenities—and beyond—we've got the most trusted, simple-to-use reference to sports, recreation and fitness products and services in the industry.

BUYERS GUIDE

Rec Report Newsletter

The Rec Report e-newsletter brings you the most up-to-date ideas and solutions for recreation, sports and fitness facility managers. Every month, we cover the latest and greatest innovations—from programming to facility planning, from research and trends to the newest products—to help you make your facility a success.

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Webinar Educational Series

Recreation Management's Webinar Educational Series connects you with the brightest stars in the field of managed recreation, sports and fitness facilities to provide an in-depth look at some of the top issues and challenges in the field today. Join us to learn more about practical solutions to common problems, as well as new developments and innovations in the industry.

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2022 State of the Industry

Find out the latest trends in managed recreation, sports and fitness facilities. We surveyed more than 1,4000 industry professionals and summarized their responses in this annual must-read report.

STATE OF THE INDUSTRY REPORT