From the Editor's Desk

All Together Now

"look around me, and I realize we're all in this together. We're all doing it. It's about the kids. It's about the people. And it's about protecting and preserving the environment. These people are amazing." That's what the gentleman from Virginia said to me, as we enjoyed a quick bite at the edge of the Trade Show floor at the NRPA Conference yesterday. 


An Expanding World of Water Fun

Thirteen years ago, when I first started at Recreation Management, the idea of rectangular pools being a thing of the past was already taking a firm hold in the minds of those who design, operate and own aquatic facilities.


TrendsA Guide to Waterparks & Splash Play

In our annual Guide to Waterparks & Splash Play, we offer an in-depth look at all the latest ways waterparks are making themselves even more appealing to a fun-seeking public. We also take a look at inclusive splash play.

Just Add Water

Whether they are indoors or outdoors, waterparks provide a fun escape for people of all ages. Here, we take a closer look at some of the latest rides and trends in marketing, with ideas to help you bring more people to your own facility.


A Splashing Good Time

Splash play areas continue to evolve, with more ways to make sure people of all ages and abilities can have fun and cool off.

Grounds for Improvement

Efficiency and smarter, more ecological practices are the name of the game when it comes to grounds maintenance. From sports fields to open spaces, learn more about the equipment and practices you need to get the job done right.


Great Escapes

From elaborate structures that serve as park centerpieces to simpler shelters that offer an easy way to get out of the weather, we cover all of the ways shelters and shade structures can help improve your site.


Game Day Connections

For fans and players alike, the right scoring, lighting and sound systems make a big difference in the enjoyment of the game, whether it's football, soccer, baseball, swimming or any other sport.


inPERSPECTIVE / REC CENTERS: Meeting the Well-Being Needs of the Most Rural Communities

Rec centers provide a wide range of services no matter where they are located. But in some of the most rural communities, it’s crucial to understand your audience before you begin.


inPRACTICE / REC CENTER: A Community Boost

In 2013, Botetourt County citizens approached the regional Y to ask for their own facility. The resulting Botetourt Family YMCA is the fifth location in the YMCA of Virginia’s Blue Ridge system.


Optimizing Outcomes of Community Center Renovations

Community centers are growing in importance across the United States, facilitating a sense of belonging, improving residents’ quality of life, property values and even tourism.


Potawatomi State Park, Wisconsin

A few years ago, my mom suffered a knee injury that kept her from being mobile for some time. It was hard for her to get back on her feet, but she was motivated.

Web Exclusives

Pool Painting Tips & Tricks

Painting is one of the best ways to protect and beautify your pool. Learn more about the tips and tricks to be sure you get it done right.


Shade That Does More

What if you could simultaneously provide visitors with much-needed shade while generating power? At the St. Louis Zoo, a unique new shade solar canopy does just that.