March 2022 Issue


Guide to Playgrounds & Park FurnishingsA Guide to Playgrounds & Park Furnishings

When it comes to park and playground planning, there are myriad factors to consider. This guide offers expert advice and ideas on creating destination playgrounds and innovative parks, as well as offer guidance on selecting and maintaining site furnishings.

Parks With Purpose

Parks provide myriad benefits—social, economic, environmental, educational and more—to the communities in which they sit. Some of the most innovative park designs seek to hit all these targets at once.

Playful Destinations

Sometimes you want to create a play experience with a little more bang—a place that might offer a variety of play amenities plus other activities: a destination playground.

Fully Furnished

Site furnishings are essential to any park. Choosing the right materials and colors is especially important to ensure that you have the right balance for your site.

Trail Mix

There's been an explosion of interest in biking and being outdoors as the pandemic has settled in, for just about every demographic. Take a look at how well-planned and well-managed trails can be a boon for their communities.

Small Towns, Big Plans

Redeveloping waterfront spaces into recreation areas has become increasingly popular, especially as industrial use has declined. Here, we examine how to make the most of a waterfront, and what kinds of recreational offerings to consider.

A Space for Everyone

As people return to in-person workouts and sports, some trends in the locker room have become best practices, while new trends have emerged. Here's an overview of savvy locker room design strategies.


inPERSPECTIVE / AQUATICS: Improve Water Quality, Solve Chemical Supply Problems

Pool water treatment has come a long way, with enzymes performing essential functions that can help improve water quality while reducing your use of chemicals.

inPRACTICE / Urban Recreation: The Park Outside Your Door

Instead of creating parks for people to go to, this project turns the idea on its head to create recreation where people live—a pilot Urban Recreation District.

Web Exclusives

A Sustainable Plaza for the Palm Beach Zoo

Designers were tasked with reimagining the entry plaza of the Palm Beach Zoo in a way that would embody the organization’s conservation mission while demonstrating how to build sustainably in South Florida.

Pro Tips for Renewing Concrete Pool Decks

When considering pool renovations, you can’t forget the pool deck. Specialty coatings like deck paints can help improve safety and give your entire pool’s appearance a boost.

From the Editor's Desk

How We Fit

In researching ideas and reading stories for this issue of Recreation Management, I kept bumping up against the idea of how humans fit.

Making It All Fit

The coronavirus pandemic drove people outdoors to parks, trails and other sites for recreation, fitness and socializing in record numbers.

Digital Edition

March 2022