March 2024 Issue


Locker RoomPersonal Space

Locker Room Design Blends Function & Safety With Comfort & Aesthetics
They might not be the most awe-inspiring part of your facility, but locker rooms are essential amenities for many fitness, aquatic and recreation centers. Here, we take a look at some of the latest trends in locker room design.

WaterfrontAt the Water’s Edge

Advice on Waterfront Development
Whether you’re turning a small waterfront site into a destination for community recreation or you’re looking to take a much broader approach to restoring and redeveloping the shoreline of a lake, river or other waterfront site, we’ve got ideas from experts to help you imagine how to take your ideas to the next level.

SwimmingMeet & Compete 

Understand the Basics of Swim Meets & Competitions 
Hosting a swim meet is a big job. Here, we go into some of the details around what you need and what you need to know to steer your swim meet to success. 

ParkMeeting Diverse Needs

Innovative Ideas in Park Planning & Design 
Taking an innovative approach can transform space into a community oasis.  


PlaygroundUnited by Play

Multigenerational Playgrounds Engage All Ages
Playgrounds continue to evolve, and playground designers and planners are increasingly finding ways to ensure people of all ages can enjoy the space.

Doggie FountainOutta-Site Furnishings

Using Amenities to Enhance Your Visitors’ Experience
Benches and picnic tables, waste receptacles, bike racks and more—by providing durable, functional and beautiful site furnishings, you make your park more inviting for visitors of all kinds.


inPERSPECTIVE / AQUATICS: High Bather Loads Can Create Danger

When your aquatic facility gets busy, you need to stay on top of any challenges to water balance.

inPERSPECTIVE / DOG PARKS: Promote Dog Health & Inclusion

Make sure your dog park rules reflect the latest science on vaccines.

inPRACTICE / PARKS: Lincoln’s Landing in Lincoln, Ala.

Lincoln, Ala., has transformed a site into a destination for fishing.

inPRACTICE / TRAILHEAD: Wilson Road Park in Columbus, Ohio

A new park designed around a trailhead connects local neighborhoods to a regional trail with iconic design.

inSERVICE: Play Ball!

The MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation (YDF) supports efforts focused on improving the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs both across the United States and internationally.

Web Exclusives

Augustana University Celebrates New Arena

Midco Arena at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D., celebrated its grand opening with the Vikings’ first home hockey series on campus.

Got Algae? 

Keeping algae from growing in the pool is a vital part of proper pool maintenance. Here’s a closer look at preventing—and dealing with—algae.

From the Editor's Desk

In Like a…

Whether March arrives like a lion or a lamb, it’s time to get ready for the coming season.

Creating Places That Matter

In our annual look at parks, playgrounds and sites, we consider smart strategies for ensuring your parks are reaching far and wide to bring your diverse community together for respite, recreation and more.

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