Editor's Desk - October 2015
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From football fields carefully groomed for professional play to fitness floors that aim to absorb extraneous noise, from synthetic fields that expand a facility's ability to schedule all kinds of sports to the surfaces that help protect children from serious playground-related injuries, the world of surfaces that serve recreation, sports and fitness facilities is vast. Choosing the surface that will best suit your facility's and patrons' needs is a crucial part of the decision-making process, whether you're designing a brand-new facility or renovating what you've already got.

The factors that will influence your decision are wide-ranging, including everything from costs (not only for installation, but also over the course of the surface's life), aesthetics, durability, safety and so much more.

In this special supplement to Recreation Management, we'll help you get a handle on the decision-making process by taking a look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of a wide variety of surfaces for facilities of all kinds. But that's not all, we'll also highlight some of the newest trends and take a look at how manufacturers are innovating to bring surfaces to the market that help you better meet your goals. And, we'll take a look at maintenance requirements to you can keep your surfaces in the safest, most playable shape possible.


Emily Tipping
Editorial Director,
Recreation Management