September 2023 Issue



IconMade in the Shade

Shelters & Shade Structures Provide More Than Shelter From the Storm
While their practical function as respites in bad weather is important, shelters and shade structures can do a lot more.


PoolClean & Clear

Managing Water & Air Quality
Indoor aquatic facilities often battle poor air quality. We talked to aquatic experts about how best to handle indoor air, as well as the best ways to manage water quality.


LandscapeStrength in Numbers

Outdoor Fitness Continues to Gain Ground
Outdoor fitness areas provide a fun—and usually free—way for communities to get fit in the great outdoors. Learn more about how to get one started in your community.


Smart RainDawn of the New Lawn

Renewable Power & Precision Tools Keep the Grass Greener
Maintaining grounds requires a diverse array of tasks, from keeping the grass lawns in good shape to cultivating natural, native plantings. Newer tools and approaches are always evolving.


USA PickleballAll Aboard!

The Pickleball Bandwagon & Other Trending Sports & Rec Activities
The rise of pickleball over the past several years has been nothing short of amazing, but it’s not the only popular sports & recreational activity. Learn more about what’s trending.


​​​​inPERSPECTIVE / SPORTS FIELDS: Unlock Your Crew’s Full Potential

Painting lines on your sports fields needn’t be an overly time-consuming task. Learn more about tools to help speed up the job and free your crew to handle other duties.

inPERSPECTIVE / INCLUSIVE RECREATION: Providing Opportunities & Experiences for People With Disabilities

Learn how one park district is providing myriad opportunities for its residents with disabilities.

inPRACTICE / A PLACE FOR NATURE: Doral Glades Park & Nature Center in Doral, Fla.

A new nature center provides a way for Doral, Fla., residents of all ages to get together and learn more about the world around them.

inDESIGN / URBAN PARKS: Beyond Four Walls

A new project in Denver’s largest parks engages community members with their ecosystem and allows the museum’s mission to spill out into the landscape around it.

inSERVICE: Inspiring Water Worlds: The World Waterpark Association

The World Waterpark Association provides education, networking and more for its members.

Web Exclusives

Standing Ovation for Modernized Amphitheater

Recently, Wheaton, Ill., saw vast improvements to Wheaton Memorial Park, including the debut of a long anticipated new amphitheater.

Avoid Late-Season Pool Water Problems

Toward the latter half of the swimming season, water quality problems can arise in swimming pools. Here’s a few things to keep in mind.

From the Editor's Desk

Back to School

Time to think about learning something new!

Digital Edition

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