Editor's Desk - October 2013
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Thank You!

No magazine exists in a vacuum. We rely on you, our readers, as well as advertisers and a whole realm of expert contributors to make each issue come to life.

Recently, we conducted a reader survey, to better understand how you use Recreation Management, what you get out of it, how you share it with peers and what you might like to see more (or less) of. The results of the survey were remarkable, from my perspective. Readers overwhelmingly approve and applaud what we bring to the table each month. You read almost every issue, and while not every story in each issue is useful to every reader, a large number of subscribers still read each issue from cover to cover.

On top of this good news, we also received a long list of helpful suggestions—many of which simply said, "keep doing what you're doing"—for future issues. We've taken those into account as we begin planning the stories we'll bring to you in 2014.

And speaking of great suggestions, did you know that readers often come to us with suggestions for stories, or offers to highlight their own facilities, programs and practices? This is how we get a lot of the great material we bring to you each month. In fact, the facility profile found here was brought to us by a reader excited to share the amazing success of a renovation long in the works.

Of course, we also receive a vast amount of ideas and information from contributors, from architects and designers to manufacturers, association leaders and other industry experts.

And let's not forget the crucial role our advertisers play in bringing Recreation Management to your desk. Advertisers also provide a diverse array of story ideas and are always willing to lend their voices to help explain best practices, provide thought leadership and describe the new innovations that are always coming to the market, from safer surfaces for playgrounds to new ways to keep pool water safe to innovative fitness equipment, creative design ideas and much, much more.

So, all this is to say, thank you. Thank you to our readers for providing such helpful feedback and for continuing to support our mission. Thank you to our expert contributors for offering ideas that help recreation, sports and fitness facility managers do what they do just a little bit better. And thank you to our advertisers. Without them, we would not be able to do what we do.

Do you have ideas to share? A new or renovated facility you'd like to show off? Something you'd like to see that we haven't covered yet?

Don't be a stranger! Send an e-mail and we'll throw your ideas and suggestions into the hopper, and see what comes out.


Emily Tipping
Editorial Director,
Recreation Management