From the Editor's Desk

We're Not There Yet

As the impact of the coronavirus pandemic started to become obvious, with businesses sending their workers home, schools sending students home, restaurants and bars shutting their doors and going curbside, and folks staying at home to prevent the spread, there was a lot of talk about the "new normal."

Digital Edition

January 2021



Here's to Health!

The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on how we look at disease prevention and safety in recreation, sports and fitness facilities. Here, we look at best practices to protect patrons' health while keeping them engaged.

Safer Sports

Bringing people together for sports and activities is all part of the day's work, but in the midst of a pandemic, it can be tricky to figure out what's safest. Here, we talked to some experts to find out the ideal practices for socially distant sports.

Safer in the Water

From lifeguard training and water safety programing to technology that aids in drowning prevention, there are myriad ways to ensure aquatic facilities are as safe as possible.

A Safe Space

From careful design and manufacturing through installation and use, safer playgrounds are made possible through continual innovation and ongoing maintenance. Learn more about how to keep kids safe while they're having fun.

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Camp Leads the Way

Expanding on our In Service column about the American Camp Association, we take a look at how many camps were able to adjust to the pandemic, institute new practices and operate successfully and safely based on the organization’s guidance.

Helping Commercial Aquatic Facilities

Commercial pools have been hit hard by the pandemic. Being proactive with an aquatic energy audit is one way to help pool managers lower their costs.


DOG PARKS: 2020, The Year of the Dog

Dogs have been the real winners over the past year, as social distancing requirements have kept more people at home with their canine companions. Dog parks have provided the perfect outlet for two- and four-legged friends to socialize.


AQUATICS: A New Home for Swimming Stars

AquaChamps Swim School has been offering comprehensive aquatic instruction to people of all abilities and ages since 1953, from infant swimming to competitive swim teams. In May 2020, they opened the doors of their new state-of-the-art aquatic facility in Oakland Park, Fla.


A Look Inside the American Camp Association

Founded in 1910, the American Camp Association (ACA), has been advancing the camp experience for children, youth and adults for well over 100 years. Its diverse membership—more than 12,000 strong—shares knowledge and works together to provide people of all ages the powerful lessons in community, character and skill development and healthy living that can only be learned through the camp experience, whether that's a summer day camp program or a weeks-long sleepaway camp experience.