Making the Most of Public-Private Partnerships: Trends in Park Foundations & Beyond

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Making the Most of Public-Private Partnerships: Trends in Park Foundations & Beyond

By Chris Gelbach

If you want to ensure your park district or department can expand its reach as far as possible, partnering with outside organizations is one path to success. Creating park foundations and friends groups is a smart way to do more with less.
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Entice the Adventurous: Build Interest & Create Community With Climbing Walls & Ninja Courses

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Entice the Adventurous: Build Interest & Create Community With Climbing Walls & Ninja Courses

By Emily Tipping

Fitness facilities, recreation centers and more are always looking for new and engaging ways to get people in the door and keep them coming back, and climbing walls and ninja courses provide that one-two punch of physical and mental stimulation, with a little adventure added into the mix.
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Going Green, Sustaining Momentum: Park  Designs Focus on Sustainability, Equity

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Going Green, Sustaining Momentum: Park Designs Focus on Sustainability, Equity

By Chris Gelbach

Parks departments have an opportunity to step up and contribute to the health and success of their communities. Through new park approaches that adapt to the needs and realities of a post-COVID world and emphasize sustainability and inclusion, park designers are creating spaces that will serve more people, more effectively, well into the future.
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Water Works: Staying on Top of Aquatic Maintenance

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Water Works: Staying on Top of Aquatic Maintenance

By Dave Ramont

The process to keep the water safe involves constant diligence and knowledge in chemicals, sanitization methods, air handling, mechanical systems and more. And beyond the water there are many other maintenance considerations.
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Water Worlds: The Latest & Greatest in Aquatic Park Design

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Water Worlds: The Latest & Greatest in Aquatic Park Design

By Chris Gelbach

As construction of new indoor and outdoor aquatic parks again ramps up, park designers are seeing clients opt to go bigger and better using the latest product innovations to create more exciting, more active and more intergenerational parks.
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Emerging Trends in Sports Facility Design: Basic Design Principles With a Post-Pandemic Twist

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Emerging Trends in Sports Facility Design: Basic Design Principles With a Post-Pandemic Twist

By Rick Dandes

Sports facility design is always looking to upgrade the experience—for players, for viewers and for coaches and staff. This year is no exception, with special attention given to health.
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All-Access Spaces: Locker Rooms Feature Inclusiveness, Increased Safety

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All-Access Spaces: Locker Rooms Feature Inclusiveness, Increased Safety

By Deborah Vence

Locker rooms have come a long way from the dingy, sweat-smelling places of yore. Modern designs are more inclusive and aesthetically pleasing, as well as being easier to maintain.
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Purposeful Pools: What's New in Natatorium Design

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Purposeful Pools: What's New in Natatorium Design

By Dave Ramont

Natatoriums are always working to enhance their offerings and draw a variety of users to keep their facilities successful, while also addressing the challenges of air and water quality.
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Hindsight Is 2020: Landscape Trends That Are Making a Difference

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Hindsight Is 2020: Landscape Trends That Are Making a Difference

By Kelli Ra Anderson

The coronavirus pandemic has presented some unique challenge to recreation, sports and fitness facilities, leading to innovations in design for what’s outside.
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Playgrounds from  Start to Finish: Fund, Design, Build

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Playgrounds from Start to Finish: Fund, Design, Build

By Rick Dandes

Whether you are building a playground from the ground up or upgrading and re-imagining an existing space, there are some basic principles that experts say stakeholders should adhere to. These "basics" are the foundations of any building project: planning, funding, design, construction and, ultimately, sustainability.
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The Community Experience: Engaging Multipurpose Designs Lead to Long-Term Rec Center Success

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The Community Experience: Engaging Multipurpose Designs Lead to Long-Term Rec Center Success

By Dave Ramont

Flexibility is essential to the design of successful rec centers, whether they’re designed for a diverse local community or a college campus. Learn more about trends in rec center design.
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Smart Strategies: Trends in Pool Renovations

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Smart Strategies: Trends in Pool Renovations

By Deborah Vence

Using smart strategies and innovations can make all the difference in getting your pool into tip-top shape. By establishing a set of goals and conducting a thorough assessment of your facility, you can renovate your pool successfully—without breaking the bank.
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Recreation Management Magazine

Design trends for recreation, sports, fitness and aquatic facilities have come a long way over the past couple of decades, with far more attention given to eco-friendlier facilities, visitor and employee health, inclusiveness and more. In this issue, we take a closer look at some of these trends, focusing on landscapes, rec centers and sports facilities, with a special Guide to Aquatic Design taking a peek into trends at pools indoor and out.

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2021 Buyers Guide

Check out our latest guide to everything you need for your sports, recreation or fitness facility. From aquatic supplies to sporting equipment, from workout machines to park site amenities—and beyond—we've got the most trusted, simple-to-use reference to sports, recreation and fitness products and services in the industry.

BUYERS GUIDE

Rec Report Newsletter

The Rec Report e-newsletter brings you the most up-to-date ideas and solutions for recreation, sports and fitness facility managers. Every month, we cover the latest and greatest innovations—from programming to facility planning, from research and trends to the newest products—to help you make your facility a success.

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Webinar Educational Series

Recreation Management's Webinar Educational Series connects you with the brightest stars in the field of managed recreation, sports and fitness facilities to provide an in-depth look at some of the top issues and challenges in the field today. Join us to learn more about practical solutions to common problems, as well as new developments and innovations in the industry.

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2020 State of the Industry

Find out the latest trends in managed recreation, sports and fitness facilities. We surveyed more than 1,4000 industry professionals and summarized their responses in this annual must-read report.

STATE OF THE INDUSTRY REPORT