From the Editor's Desk

Roll With the Changes

Twenty years ago, Recreation Management magazine was launched by Publisher Chris Belbin—"a new magazine for a new millennium," with a goal of helping you stay on top of the trends, technologies and products that help you hone your competitive edge and meet the demands and expectations of the people who visit your facilities.


Looking Back, Moving Forward

Celebrating 20 years of Recreation Management, we talked to experts from multiple fields about what's changed in recreation, sports and fitness over the past two decades—and what changes might be coming down the pike.

Play & Swim

If you want your swimming pool to attract more visitors, it's important to meet a range of needs and desires. In this feature, we take a look at some of the most innovative ways to outfit an aquatic venue for fun, fitness and more.

Building Better Events

Creating an engaging and effective event doesn't need to be a chore. Here, we talked to experts in event planning to uncover some best practices and smart, innovative approaches to help you put your best face forward.

Getting Fit in the Great Outdoors

Outdoor fitness opportunities make it easier for everyone to engage in wellness. And with new equipment options being introduced all the time, you have more ways than ever to expand your audience.

For Your Convenience

From restrooms that feature plumbing and electricity to simple structures that simply give visitors a place to go, a multitude of restroom structure designs, customizations and options are available.


In Perspective / INCLUSION: Activities for Those With Visual & Auditory Impairments

Providing activities for individuals with visual and auditory impairments is important to your inclusion strategy. Here’s a wide range of ideas to get you started.

In Perspective / AQUATICS: Grant Opportunities Make Secondary Sanitation Affordable

Adding secondary sanitation needn’t break the bank when you take advantage of grant opportunities. The bonus? You can also save energy and other resources.

In Practice / SPORTS VENUE: From Olympics to Everyday

Richmond Oval in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Creating an Olympic venue that continues to deliver value to the community has been a tough nut to crack. The Richmond Oval in British Columbia gets the job done.

In PRACTICE / REC CENTER: Recreation With a View

Central Recreation Center in Aurora, Colorado
This brand-new recreation center in Aurora, Colo., provides views both indoors and out.

In Practice / PLAYGROUNDS: Transforming Play

Central Park has been on a mission to revitalize its many playgrounds.

Leveraging Technology

From recreation management software to social media tools, parks and recreation facilities are improving the way they operate and how they get the word out about programs, special events and more, to the public.

In Gratitude: The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

When I was 15, my dad tried to introduce me to birdwatching at the Merwin Nature Preserve near Lexington, Ill. The hobby didn't take—I was too impatient to learn the nuances—but that location evolved into my original "home trail." From the time I could drive a car, I'd take almost any opportunity to make the trek out there and explore, alone or with friends.

Web Exclusives

Natatorium Lighting Design

The Vanderhoof Aquatic Centre in Vanderhoof, British Columbia is a an architectural showpiece with a unique lighting design that creatively illuminates and integrates with the facility's overall design.

Splash Play Area Boosts Inclusion, Community

When the city of Morehead, Ky., was forced to close a city pool, it replaced the facility with a splash play facility designed to serve the entire community.