Editor's Desk - September 2013
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Back to School

"Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it."    —Russell Baker

Where does the summer go? Seems like as soon as you start to enjoy the sunshine, it starts setting early. As soon as you start to acclimate to the heat, it gets chilly again.

Summer always seems a whirlwind of a season—filled up with fun times at the playground and street festivals, concerts in the park, bike rides along the trail, afternoons by the pool, hands in the dirt in the community garden. There's always something to do. And then it's gone. The bugs start singing in the trees, and the evenings get a little cooler, and next thing you know, it's time to send the kids back to school.

And, of course, as the season changes, so, too, do the needs of your community. As your summer programs wind down, a whole new lineup of autumn activities gets rolling. It's lights out for the swimming pool, but lights on for the football field. The farmers markets start winding down as we wind up the harvest and Halloween festivals.

This month, as usual, we have a diverse lineup of stories to help you run your facilities effectively in any season. We begin with a special pull-out supplement covering recreation and sports surfaces. If you're thinking of adding or replacing a sports field, you'll want to read up on the latest trends in natural and synthetic turf. If you've got a lot of activities to run on your court surfaces, you can find out what types of surfaces might meet your needs. And if your parks, schools, community centers and other facilities include playgrounds, don't miss all the latest developments in playground safety surfaces.

In the pages of the main issue, we cover myriad topics, from the ways municipalities and others are adapting the features of large waterparks to make their own facilities more attractive to the public, to the options you can find in restroom structures that will meet all of the parameters of your site, and needs of your visiting public. We also take a look at some trends in recreational sports for adults.

And, as always, we provide a look at some of the latest products, along with case studies and columns contributed by some of the industry's leading experts.

Just think of it as a pleasurable bit of reading to help you coast through these last days of summer and into fall.


Emily Tipping
Editorial Director,
Recreation Management