April 2023 Issue


1Running a Tight Ship

Regular Aquatic Maintenance Practices Keep Facilities Humming
With their carefully balanced water and myriad mechanical systems alone, aquatic facilities can cause major headaches. Staying on top of regular maintenance practices helps keep things humming.  

2Quenching the Thirst for Adventure

Climbing Walls, Challenge Courses & Ninja Courses Create Exciting Opportunities
From adaptive climbing and bouldering to ninja courses, ropes courses and beyond, some facilities have a knack for satisfying the thirst for adventure.

3Follow the Bouncing Ball

Learn More About Indoor Sports & Fitness Surfaces
Whether it’s a gym floor that needs to meet the needs of basketball, volleyball and special events, an indoor fieldhouse hosting track events or a fitness floor that needs to handle dropped weights, myriad indoor sports flooring options are available to meet your facility’s needs.

4Seeking a Smaller Footprint

Resource-Saving Design Strategies 
Saving resources with eco-friendlier design has become more and more common when planning recreation, sports and fitness facilities. Find out how designers are going greener.

5Let There Be Lights

Illuminating the Issues Behind Selecting Park Lighting
Lighting up parks and other sites can extend their useful hours, but it’s important to know your options and take care to avoid light pollution.


inPERSPECTIVE / WATERPARKS: Rid Your Waterpark of Rust

Both indoor and outdoor waterparks can be challenged by the unsightly, unsafe presence of rust. Learn more about how to control this problem.

inPRACTICE / INDOOR PLAY: Treetop Escape at The ARC Center in West Chicago, Ill.

When it came time to renovate this indoor play area, the park district partnered with an innovative team to bring a jungle adventure to life.

inSERVICE: An Ever-Evolving Set of Standards

The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) continues to evolve, with help from the Council for the MAHC, which manages the update process, promotes the code and more.

Web Exclusives

Cloudy Pool Water 101

With the 2023 season drawing near, the following are a few strategies to consider for preventing and treating cloudy water.

Colorful Customizations for a Unique Splash Pad

A new highly visual waterpark featuring uniquely designed and custom-manufactured elements with a nature and wildlife theme brings the Edmonton community to Queen Elizabeth Park.

From the Editor's Desk

Showers, Flowers, Superpowers

You need showers to get flowers, and you need hard work to develop your strengths into superpowers. 

Digital Edition


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