January 2022 Issue


Aquatic Trends ReportAquatic Trends Report

Our fourth annual Aquatic Trends Report dives deep into the trends revealed by a survey of more than 500 aquatic professionals, revealing how their facilities look now, and what they have planned for the future. We look at everything from equipment and budgets to programming and challenges, including the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

Calmer Waters

The year 2020 was a turbulent time in the aquatics industry, with many facilities opening late if at all, which had a detrimental effect on everything from budgets and construction planning to lifeguard training and drowning prevention.

Going to the Dogs

Providing a place for our four-legged friends to play and their humans to socialize, dog parks have been growing by leaps and bounds. Here, we'll examine some of the most successful and how they get tails wagging.

Fields of Green

Managing & maintaining sports fields is a big job, made bigger when your fields are seeing a lot of use. Here we’ll examine how to get the most use out of fields, whether natural turf or synthetic.

Fitness Gets Personal

After unprecedented challenges, fitness facilities are finding new ways to reach former and new exercisers with creative offerings. In this feature, we talked to the experts to find out about how fitness clubs are continuing to adapt to the new normal.


inPERSPECTIVE / RESTROOMS: Restroom Planning Made Easy

Precast concrete restroom structures can make it simple to bring this essential service to your site—providing a wide range of highly durable designs that are simple to install.

inPRACTICE / PARKS: Celebrating a Community's History

In a historic neighborhood in Fort Worth, a new art installation helps remember the past while providing a usable space for community members to get together.

inPRACTICE / PLAYGROUNDS: The Playground of the Future

When a popular park with plenty of trees needed a new playground solution, they found a futuristic-looking option that didn’t sacrifice the existing shade.

Web Exclusives

An Adventure Park's Marketing Overhaul

Your marketing strategy can completely revolutionize your facility’s success. Learn more about how Muskegon Luge Adventure Park got a marketing overhaul that improved its sales.

Aquatic Facility Goals

Enjoyed the Aquatic Trends Report? There’s more! We asked respondents about their goals for their facilities for the coming year. Find out what they had to say.

From the Editor's Desk

What's New?

With this first step into the adventure of the new year, I'd like to give you a little tour of some of the new things we've got going on here at Recreation Management.

A Deep-Dive Into Data

This year's report may not feature the extraordinary departures from the norms that 2020 represented, but, in addition to all the usual information we see in an ordinary year, it highlights ongoing challenges that are a direct result of the ongoing pandemic. 

Digital Edition