Editor's Desk - October 2011
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Getting Practical

It's easy to daydream about what could be. I have a feeling that, no matter what your line of work is, you probably spend some time thinking about how it could more ideal. Maybe you dream about the perfect facility. The perfect programs. The perfect staff. The perfect members.

But, for the most part, our daily grind is spent on the more mundane tasks at hand. Here in the offices of Recreation Management, that means keeping up-to-date on industry developments, and a whole lot of reading and writing (with the occasional 'rithmetic thrown in as well). There's a lot of repetition, but the variety—in content, tasks and people to talk to—keeps it fascinating.

For you out in the field managing recreation, sports and fitness facilities, the day-to-day tasks are likely highly varied (more or less so depending on the size of your facility or organization, and the number of people specializing in certain tasks). One morning might have you focused on maintenance, while the afternoon might bring thoughts and research on new programming to address your community's needs, or a couple of hours working through budgets to find the money for an upgrade at your park or rec center. The next day might bring a meeting with a sales rep to talk some more about your upgrade plans. (New benches and picnic tables? New play equipment? Replace the aging tennis courts? The list goes on and on sometimes.)

And today, you're reading Recreation Management, hopefully to find more practical ideas that you can use at your own facilities.

So before you turn the page, let me tell you a bit about what we've brought to the table this month.

If aquatics are top of mind for you today, you'll want to start by turning to page 42, where you'll find our maintenance series covering that topic. If your pools are indoors, you might be thinking about managing the air in there, in which case, I'd suggest turning to page 12 for a column about managing air quality, and page 47, where you'll find a case study demonstrating how the University of Texas has tackled the air issues in its natatorium.

If you have sites that you want to beautify, you're in luck! We have two features that will get you thinking about how you can improve your site with shelters (page 20) and with creative landscape design (page 28).

If your facility plays host to sports of all kinds, check out the feature story looking at the latest trends in scoreboards and sports lighting on page 36. And for some specific products in this area, you can find the latest entries to the market on pages 48 and 49. On top of this, you can see how the pros handle their sports turf by reading the case study on the Buffalo Bills' new synthetic turf field, which you'll find on page 46.

If the recent updates to the ADA guidelines are stuck in your craw, turn to page 14, where you'll find a detailed discussion of how the guidelines affect the aquatic industry. Then you can just turn the page to learn about the impact the guidelines will have on miniature golf facilities.

If you're attending the NRPA Congress & Exposition in Atlanta from Nov. 1 to 3, you'll want to check out our showcase on page 50. Here you'll be able to read about some new and existing products, and make note of where the companies you want to talk with will be found in the Expo Hall. And be sure to stop by the Rec Management booth (#2425) to say hello and let us know what you'd like to see in coming issues.

Practical ideas to address the issues and challenges you deal with on a daily basis—that's what we aim to bring to you each month. We hope it brings some variety to your day, as you tackle the myriad tasks that demand yourattention.


Emily Tipping
Editorial Director,
Recreation Management



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