Choose Well and Prosper

You might be working for a top college with a big budget for a brand-new sports field, or you could be wrangling up the dollars you need to handle the day-to-day maintenance of your park district's few natural turf fields. You could be a high-end childcare facility with the money to spend on a fancy-pants playground with a state-of-the-art safety surface, or it might be all you can do to maintain the proper level of wood mulch on your elementary school playground.

Whether you have a budget others would turn green with envy over, and the staff to handle everything you throw at it, or you're breaking the piggy bank and counting out pennies, prioritizing like mad to be sure the most critical needs are taken care of, there are solutions available to you in the world of recreation and sports surfaces.

After all, the most crucial part of the decision-making process is figuring out exactly what will work best for your facility, in your unique situation.

Our annual Guide to Recreation and Sports Surfaces offers you a closer look at the criteria that will help drive your decisions as you build new sports fields, basketball courts, gyms and playgrounds, or as you work to maintain or renovate what's already in your care.

We hope you will find the answers you're looking for here in these pages, and we welcome you to explore your options before making your decisions. And if you have a question that's not answered here, let us know by sending an e-mail to We'll do our best to answer your questions in a future issue!


Emily Tipping
Editorial Director, Recreation Management


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