From the Editor's Desk

Signs of Spring

With spring just around the corner, it's time to turn our attention to spring things and the coming summer season.



United We Play

Inclusive playgrounds have come a long, long way in the past couple of decades. Here, we take a look at how to provide inclusion on the playground and beyond.

Be Prepared

In August 2019, six people were injured after a lightning strike during a PGA Tour Championship, emphasizing the importance of being well prepared for bad weather during sporting and other events. Here, we discuss how to ensure public safety by planning for bad weather, and what to do when it hits.

The New Community Waterfront

As industrial uses for waterfronts have declined, they have been increasingly reclaimed for recreational use. In this feature, we'll take a look at how to effectively turn a waterfront into a recreation destination.

Get Smart

Locker rooms may not be the face of your facility, but they certainly make an impression. To make sure that's a good impression, add little luxuries, ensure security and keep it clean and well-maintained.


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Working 'Out'

Spring is finally approaching, and after a long winter, folks will want to take their workout into the great outdoors. Be careful not to expose your facility to risk when you take programming outside by learning how to protect your club.

5 Family-Friendly Parks & Rec Activities for 2020

While there’s always a place for the traditional, citizens are looking for new, trendy activities. Here’s the five hottest family-friendly activities that inclusive rec departments are adopting in 2020.



AQUATICS: Improve the Pool Environment, Improve the Bottom Line

Savvy aquatic facility managers know that in order to keep their pools running optimally, they need to stay on top of the latest technological advancements.

FITNESS TRENDS: Fitness Trends in Rising Generations

For millennials and even generation Z, things like eco-friendly workouts and socializing with others while staying fit are important.




A park in Celina, Ohio, created a brand-new amphitheater and named it for a celebrated local philanthropist.

COLLEGE RECREATION: Unified Wellness & Health

Learn more about how Babson College vastly expanded its fitness and recreation offerings.


Angels Landing at Zion National Park in Utah

I'd like to give a shout out to the anxious and the overwhelmed. To those of you (us) who wake up thinking about a full day ahead and think, "I just can't," but then go ahead and do it all anyway. To those who take on seemingly impossible tasks, regardless of their seeming impossibility.


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The Value of Human-Powered Transportation

According to a 2017 National Household Travel Survey, more than half of all trips in the United States are within a 20-minute bike ride or less from home, and more than one in four trips are within a 20-minute walk or less.