February 2024 Issue


Feature 1Home-Field Advantages

The Art & Science of Durable, Versatile & Safe Sports Fields
Most facilities need their sports fields to serve a multitude of purposes. Here we discuss some of the trends in sports field planning and design, and offer up advice for those relying on natural as well as synthetic turf.

Feature 2The Picture of Health

Fitness Trends Emphasize Tech, Health & Wellness, and More 
Fitness trends continue to be driven by technology, along with special attention to older populations and youth, outdoor fitness and more.

Feature 3On the Safe Side

A Multilayered Approach to Aquatic Safety Is Essential
Safety in aquatic facilities should be a community effort, from manufacturers and designers to pool managers, lifeguards and visitors. Here, we talk about the latest trends impacting aquatic safety.

Feature 4Respect for Elders

Planning for the Active Aging Boom
Record numbers of baby boomers are experiencing their retirement in a whole new—more active—way. Learn more about how to ensure your facility is meeting the needs of this important audience.

Feature 5Preparing Students for the Workforce

How Campus Rec Jobs Deliver Unexpected Skills
If your campus is having a hard time recruiting students for important recreation and sports roles, consider this pitch.


inPERSPECTIVE / STAFFING: Hiring Practice Is Broken: Time to Adjust

If you want to attract and retain Gen Z workers, you’ll need to adjust your approach.

inPERSPECTIVE / ART PARKS: Fostering Creativity & Community Engagement

Parks can incorporate art and community-building to great success. 

inPERSPECTIVE / COURT SURFACES: Embracing the Pickleball Revolution

Want to get on board the pickleball bandwagon? Be sure you’re taking care to select the right surface.

inPRACTICE / INDOOR WATERPARK: Island Waterpark at Showboat in Atlantic City, N.J. 

At this iconic Atlantic City waterpark, a new rock wall with cascading water welcome visitors. 

inDESIGN / BALLPARKS: Designing an Immersive Experience for Sports Fans

Fans are still excited to go to the ballgame, but are expecting more from the experience than ever before.

Web Exclusives

Fun Meets Education on Evergreen Mini Golf Course

A new mini golf course in Door County, Wis., surrounds players with environmental education. 

Indoor Pools vs. Outdoor Pools, by the Numbers

We tap data from our Aquatic Trends survey to examine the differences between indoor and outdoor pools when it comes to budgets, amenities and more.

From the Editor's Desk

The Heart of the Matter 

It’s American Heart Month! Are you taking good care of your ticker, and encouraging your members and visitors to do so, too?

Digital Edition