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As I sit here and write this last bit for the October issue you hold in your hands, it is the first day of fall, and it's feeling quite autumnal here in the Chicago area. 

Thrilling, Spilling & Chilling

Waterparks and splash play areas continue to provide visitors with the fun escape they're seeking, from thrill-seekers to those looking to just chill out.

Digital Edition

October 2021



A Guide to Waterparks & Splash Play

Waterparks saw a dramatic impact from the coronavirus pandemic, while splash play areas continued to grow. In this special guide, we take a look at how waterparks are planning to come back stronger than ever, as well as all the creative ways splash pad designers are expanding the reach of water play. We also cover smart safety practices.

Review & Renew the Waterpark Experience

Most waterparks felt a deep impact from the coronavirus pandemic, but many took advantage of the downtime to upgrade their guest experience. If you're ready to tackle that project, read on to get some ideas on how to come back with a splash.

Worlds of Water Fun

Splash play designers continue to develop ever-more-innovative ways to bring play to everyone. From a better understanding of inclusive design to smart strategies for updating existing parks or making use of smaller spaces and off-hours, you can get creative with splash play too.

Risky Business

Managing the risks associated with waterparks is essential to success. Learn more about how to ensure you're prepared for any eventuality.

Game Day

The systems we use to light up our fields and keep fans and players informed have come a long way. New innovations in lighting, scoring and sound technology have amped up the game-day experience for everyone.

When Nature Calls

Amid the pandemic, many parks experienced greater numbers of visitors than ever, leaving many to contemplate smart ways to upgrade. Safe and clean restrooms provide an essential amenity, ensuring guests stick around longer and are more likely to return.

Growing Greener

With smarter use of chemical when needed and an expansion of eco-friendly practices like beekeeping and pollinator-attracting plantings, grounds managers are at the forefront of developing good-for-the-earth maintenance and management practices.

Web Exclusives

NEW REPORT: Fitness Fans Are Flocking Back to Facilities

The recent Les Mills 2021 Global Fitness Report shows how the world plans to work out post-pandemic, finding that live workouts and "omnichannel fitness" will win big.

PRO Fitness Club in Moosic, Pa., Gets an Upgrade

PRO Fitness Club in Moosic, Pa., used its mandatory downtime to reinvent itself, creating a new, ultramodern design to rival any upscale spa.


SPORTS FIELDS: Safety, Durability & Performance

Today’s synthetic turf is easier on athletes while continuing to provide a low-maintenance surface that can provide far more hours of play and practice than natural turf fields.

PARKS: What the Great American Outdoors Act Means for You

With its associated grant funding, the Great American Outdoors Act offers an opportunity to parks and recreation areas across the country.




When this family-owned marina needed to update its mini golf operation, it turned to a win-win solution that pleased both the owners and their guests.


Greening the Green With GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf

According to the National Golf Foundation, there are around 39,000 golf courses located in 209 countries around the world.