<strong>SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT: <br><br>A Guide to Recreation & Sports Surfaces</strong>


A Guide to Recreation & Sports Surfaces

Every type of surface has its adherents and detractors, but from sports fields and courts to playgrounds, the context and needs of the facility drive the ultimate choice. In this special supplement, we consider sports turf, court flooring and playground safety surfaces from a variety of perspectives, offering advice to help you make your own decisions when the time comes.

Budgets and the Environment Drive Trends in Natural and Synthetic Sports Fields

Cost, Maintenance, Performance Are Top Issues in Sports, Fitness Flooring

Finding Safe Surfaces for Playgrounds

Going Off Trail: New Paths in Programming to Connect Children With Nature

Going Off Trail

New Paths in Programming to Connect Children With Nature

With best practices for programming to help foster children's connection to nature still in its formative stages, many park and recreation facilities, nature centers, preschools and communities are diverging from the traditional programming trails to forge their own paths.

Last Things First: Trends in Restroom Structures

Last Things First

Trends in Restroom Structures

From vault restrooms to plumbed facilities, it's important to find the right fit—and ensure that it will last for the long haul. Learn about the latest trends in restroom structures.

Riding the Wave: Keeping Waterparks Afloat in a Choppy Economy

Riding the Wave

Keeping Waterparks Afloat in a Choppy Economy

Over the past several years, many facilities have had to tighten their belts, but facility directors and owners are still finding innovative ways to make sure that water plus play equals fun.

Maintenance: Grounds: Playgrounds: Safety & Maintenance Go Hand-in-Hand

Maintenance: Grounds

Playgrounds: Safety & Maintenance Go Hand-in-Hand

Proper maintenance is an essential element of playground safety. This feature will examine the to-dos to ensure playgrounds are well-maintained.

Table of contents for SEPTEMBER 2011 issue of Recreation Management Magazine


Foodservice & Concessions

Make Dollars and Sense Out of Concessions

Concession foods still remain one of the best ways to make a big impact for the recreation industry. They can boost revenue, encourage families to stay longer and return more often, and set you apart from other local entertainment options.


Auditing Facilities & Preparing for Emergencies

Facility audits impact how organizations prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. An audit is an important part of the risk management plan. Find out how to do it right.


A Playground With a Ball

Everyone wants to have a ball! Noncompetitive playcourts can help get kids more active and encourage play in ways ordinary playgrounds can't always achieve.

Drowning Detection

The Need for Drowning Detection Technologies

Despite efforts to combat the problem, drowning still occurs at aquatic facilities across the country. New technologies can help add a layer of protection.

Table of contents for SEPTEMBER 2011 issue of Recreation Management Magazine



All Aboard the Play Express
Kids Express Preschool in Lancaster, Pa.

When Kids Express Preschool needed a lower-cost playground solution, school leaders took their time to find the right fit.