Editor's Desk - August 2013
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The Fix

Every sports, recreation and fitness facility comes with its own unique set of challenges. In recent years, many of those challenges have been budget-driven—how to do more with less, how to deliver the same level of service with fewer employees, how to keep facilities well maintained and in good repair with a shrunken budget, how to allocate dollars wisely when considering new construction or renovations, and so on—but budgetary challenges are certainly not the only kinds of problems facilities face.

There are myriad issues to solve, from the big headaches that hopefully only come up every once in a while to the day-in and day-out challenges that never seem to go away completely.

When you work with the right partners—the right team of workers, the right community members, the right patrons, the right suppliers and so on—it becomes much easier to find the fix to the various problems you face. With the right team in place, you'll have the creative thinking and knowledge of potential solutions you need to ensure things keep running as smoothly as possible.

This month, in our annual Problem-Solver Idea Book, we provide a look at a number of fixes—ways to solve some of the many challenges you'll come across as you keep your sports, recreation or fitness facility up and running. From maintaining clean and safe pools to finding creative ways to get people of all ages and abilities up off the couch and moving around, from green building solutions to creative playground possibilities, you'll find all kinds of ideas in these pages that you can apply to your own facility.

What's more, you'll find a host of potential partners—suppliers and manufacturers who are on the cutting edge of coming up with creative solutions to common facility problems. One of them is sure to have the right fix for your facility.


Emily Tipping
Editorial Director,
Recreation Management