Editor's Desk - November 2015
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Find Your Starting Point

Swimming pools, playgrounds, sports fields, cardio floors, outdoor fitness zones, disc golf courses, walking and biking trails, basketball courts, running tracks, climbing walls, picnic areas, concession stands, spectator seating, splash play areas, community gardens, skateparks, tennis courts, dog parks …

Whether you're working for a public parks and recreation agency, a privately run sports and fitness center, a university recreation center, a YMCA or any of the many other types of facilities we cover here in Recreation Management, you know there's a vast number of moving parts to keep your operations up and running. You likely sit at the center of a huge array of threads—all of them reaching out to connect to your community or audience in some way. Pull one thread, and who knows what else might be affected?

At the same time, if you want to make your operations more effective, you don't have to go for a complete overhaul of everything you do. You can find individual threads and relatively simple methods to make a difference.

But how do you know where to begin? Talking with your peers and colleagues, learning from others who've been there and done that—these are some of the best ways to get going. Think of it as brainstorming, but on a much larger scale. And, it can take place through myriad channels.

Face-to-face is great, and hopefully you get a chance to attend at least one or two trade shows and conferences every year so you can learn what's exciting and new, while also engaging in that oh-so-valuable networking. But face-to-face isn't your only option. That's where we come in. Magazines like Recreation Management offer new ideas and innovations straight from the horses' mouths.

In this issue, we touch on a variety of themes that might help you make effective changes. For those who want to expand the reach of their fitness offerings to a wider audience, we're taking a look at new trends in equipment, including interconnectivity, machines designed for active agers, outdoor fitness equipment and more, beginning here.

Got playgrounds? Then you need to know how crucial proper maintenance practices are, both to protect yourself, and to protect the children who are adventuring on your equipment. Learn more about this here.

Starting here, we're offering up all kinds of ideas from the experts on how to program your aquatic facility more effectively by offering creative options that will bring in more swimmers, whether recreational or competitive.

And here, we take a look at the latest trends in grounds management, with ideas that will help you keep your sports fields and other sites in tip-top shape.

No matter what you want to accomplish, it's likely that someone has been in your shoes before, and can offer you a little advice to help you get to where you want to go.


Emily Tipping
Editorial Director,
Recreation Management