From the Editor's Desk

The Dark Months

This month, we've got stories that aim to help as you move forward. 


Digital Edition

November 2020


Event Management in a Pandemic

If your facility plays host to events of any kind, from summertime street fests to breakfasts with Santa Claus, then the pandemic has likely wreaked havoc on your current plans. Learn more about planning amidst these challenging times.

The Play's the Thing

New Innovations on the Playground
From more inclusion to greater adventure, playground manufacturers are innovating to improve the play experience for everyone.

Comeback Kids

Navigating youth sports in the middle of a pandemic requires careful attention to health measures and more. Learn about how some facilities have managed to bring kids back for a good sports experience.

Safer Swimming, Safer Breathing

Good water quality (and subsequently, good air quality) are the cornerstone of a healthy aquatic facility—and the health of swimmers and staff.

Web Exclusives

Play & Social Equity

A recent Voice of Play survey found that 88% of parents agree that outdoor play helps children cope with the mental impacts of social injustice in the United States. We take a look at the survey and how playgrounds help foster inclusiveness.

Medical, Science & Health Advisory Council to Advise IHRSA

The health and fitness industry is aligning with medical, science and health experts to help communicate the importance of exercise to overall well-being. Learn more about the new council that will advise IHRSA.


Blackwell Forest Preserve

I had the pleasure of taking my usual walk with a new friend on my birthday this year. One block down the road, we turned onto my usual path into Blackwell Forest Preserve, through what we still call The Cenacle (though the former retreat was taken over by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County more than a d



AQUATICS: A Ninja-Worthy Upgrade

At this Texas aquatic park, a new ninja-inspired course is expected to dramatically boost participation and engagement in the community.

AQUATIC PLAY: Updating a Piece of History

When this historic pool needed some upgrades, innovative and budget-friendly solutions helped maintain its reputation as a regional destination.