Editor's Desk - August 2010
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The Show Must Go On


udgets are still the topic of the day, as cities and other organizations struggle to make ends meet. Staffs have been reduced, and resources are limited.

This may be your reality, but at the same time, you still have to move forward. Facilities will need repairs and upgrades. Citizens and club members will clamor for services and programs. And whether you give them a sparkling new sports field or not, teams will play ball.

That means you need to find plenty of ways to get things done—to do more with less.

That's where we come in. Every year, our Problem-Solver Idea Book seeks to offer up innovative and practical solutions to problems commonly experienced at recreation, sports and fitness facilities.

In these pages you'll find stories that help you get more done with reduced staffs. You'll find solutions that will save your facility money and resources while streamlining space. You'll hear about various ways to improve your facility's environmental footprint. You'll learn about regulations and rules that you must comply with. You'll find out how to maximize your investment in amenities that act as a natural draw to the public—things like playgrounds, climbing walls, fitness equipment and more.

We hope you'll find at least one solution here that will help you push forward at your own facility. And if you have a question we haven't answered here, please let us know! Send an e-mail to editor@recmanagement.com, and we will do our best to seek out an answer for you.

After all, the show must go on!


Emily Tipping
Editorial Director


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Recreation Management, 50 N. Brockway St.,
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