Editor's Desk - August 2009
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Just Ask

Have you ever struggled mightily with a problem, taking much longer than expected to work it out, only to finally ask someone for help and have everything fall suddenly into place?

I find these moments occur all too often, reminding me that sometimes it's better just to ask for assistance in the first place.

Whether through pride or sheer stubbornness, I like to get things done on my own, even things I've never tried to do before. Sometimes it works out just fine. Others, well—no one knows everything. Put new tile in the bathroom? Surely I can handle that. (Not really.) Fix that clog in the bathtub? No problem! (Well, actually…) Fit my carry-on into the overhead compartment? Sure, I can get it up there. (Nope!)

Sometimes it's better just to admit that we don't have all the answers, and we can't always do everything on our own. Once you open yourself up to all the assistance, advice and knowledge that other people can contribute, you'll often find that there's a whole world of new understanding out there that can get you from point A to point B much more quickly than if you tried to do it on your own with no roadmap or GPS system.

That's what the Problem-Solver Guidebook is really all about. You have questions and challenges. We have solutions. You want to learn about treating your pool water. You want to know how to bring more people to your facility. You'd like to find greener solutions, but aren't sure where to start. You want to offer new challenges for community members. You need solutions for your facility, but don't have the budget to cover everything.

Just ask!

Whether you turn to designers and industry experts, association leaders, knowledgeable manufacturers or just the facility director down the street or in the next town, you might find that when you put your questions out there, the perfect solution is just sitting there waiting for you.

On these pages, you'll find some common problems and solutions faced by facilities of all types, from park districts looking to gussy up their sites to schools looking to get kids more active, from aquatic facilities looking to keep things clean and safe to sports facilities considering surfacing options and more. We hope some of the solutions here are helpful for you.

But if you've got a question that's not answered here on these pages, don't be afraid to throw it out there. Send your question to us at editor@recmanagement.com, and we'll print it in the magazine, inviting other readers to provide their insight and input. And we hope that if you have answers, you're willing to share them with those who ask! After all, you never know when the tables will be turned, and you're the one with a problem that needs solving, asking someone for a little help.


Emily Tipping
Editorial Director


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