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  July 2022 
Capturing the Spirit of Puget Sound

Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor, Wash., recently saw a complete renovation that included the addition of an iconic, custom-designed splash play area.

Pathway Lighting Reinvigorates Running Trail

The popular Amazon Park Running Trail in Eugene, Ore., recently was rebuilt with a thicker rock base, new surfacing and drainage. In addition, lighting was introduced or upgraded along sections of the trail.


  June 2022 
2022 Trends in Camp Facilities

From sleepaway youth camps to destination campgrounds, RV parks and more, camp facilities help visitors get in touch with the great outdoors. This article examines the responses to the Industry Report survey from professionals working for camp facilities.

2022 Trends in Sports & Rec Centers

From public recreation centers to private sports centers, these multipurpose facilities offer a broad range of programs to their communities. This web-exclusive feature considers Industry Report responses from professionals working for sports and recreation centers.


  May 2022 
Aquatics Industry Addresses Challenges of Drought
Let's Pool Together, a joint effort between the California Pool and Spa Association and the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance, aims to provide education on how pools and spas can help be part of the drought solution.
Splash Pad Renovation Q&A
Experts weigh in on renovating kiddie pools into splash pads, updating existing splash pads and equipment and more.

  April 2022 
More on the SFMA

Want to learn even more about the Sports Field Management Association? We continue the story here, with more information on ongoing education and networking.

Betting Big on Tennis

The U.S. Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic Section is building a state-of-the-art 36-court tennis campus in Loudoun County, Va., creating a hub for year-round community health and wellness.


  March 2022 
A Sustainable Plaza for the Palm Beach Zoo

Designers were tasked with reimagining the entry plaza of the Palm Beach Zoo in a way that would embody the organization’s conservation mission while demonstrating how to build sustainably in South Florida.

Pro Tips for Renewing Concrete Pool Decks

When considering pool renovations, you can’t forget the pool deck. Specialty coatings like deck paints can help improve safety and give your entire pool’s appearance a boost.


  February 2022 
Applying New Tools
Triangle Aquatic Center, Cary, N.C.

The recent renovation of the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, N.C., allowed the design team to try new approaches to masonry design.

Bringing Sport to Chicago

The Chicago Soccer Initiative recently completed its 50th mini-pitch, part of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s nationwide goal to create 1,000 mini-pitches by 2026.


  January 2022 
An Adventure Park's Marketing Overhaul

Your marketing strategy can completely revolutionize your facility’s success. Learn more about how Muskegon Luge Adventure Park got a marketing overhaul that improved its sales.

Aquatic Facility Goals

Enjoyed the Aquatic Trends Report? There’s more! We asked respondents about their goals for their facilities for the coming year. Find out what they had to say.


  November 2021 
A Life Remembered With Play

Recently, Martinsburg, W.Va., saw the unveiling of the new Chuck Taylor Memorial Playground, honoring the life of a long-time playground distribution partner.

Pandemic Challenges Access to Youth Sports

According to a recent survey of youth sports parents, about four out of 10 kids who previously played sports face reduced services during the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more about the new challenges for youth sports.


  October 2021 
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.


  September 2021 
Dealing With Swamp Pools

When temperatures soar and pools see higher bather loads, the water can turn quickly from clean to green. Learn more about how to clean up a swampy pool—and how to prevent the problem proactively.

Addressing the Parks Maintenance Backlog

New funding is available for projects related to parks and outdoor activities, with $900 million to be used for upcoming projects, providing an abundance of opportunities across the country.


  August 2021 
Stadiums & Arenas: Flexibility at the Forefront

Safety remains a concern for arenas and stadiums, leading facilities to be more strategic and creative than ever in their spatial planning to ensure safety and comfort without sacrificing the energy of the game-day experience.


  July 2021 
Circulate Savings With the Right Pump

Pool professionals can increase their energy savings by selecting properly sized pool pumps. With new legislation on variable speed pumps taking effect this month, now is the time to make your pool more efficient.

Lawrenceburg, Ind., Gets Its First Fully Inclusive Playground

More communities than ever have been going beyond ADA standards to provide play that is truly inclusive. Arch Street Park in Lawrenceburg, Ind., provides an example of how you can take inclusion to the next level.


  June 2021 
Trends in Camp Facilities
A Look at Trends in Camp Facilities

Whether it’s a summer camp for youths, a campground or an RV park, camping-related facilities cater to those who love the great outdoors. Here, we take a look at trends in camp facilities.

Trends in Sports & Rec Centers
A Look at Trends in Rec Centers

Whether publicly or privately owned, community sports and recreation centers offer myriad activities and opportunities to the communities they serve. This web-exclusive examines the trends in sports and rec centers.


  May 2021 
Specialty Chemicals for Special Times

Proper pool care is based on preventing disease, protecting equipment and providing the expected swimmer experience. Maintaining adequate sanitation is the key to all three.

The Test of Time

The new 130,000-square-foot Robert Crown Community Center opened in March 2020, with a modern, clean and durable look that will weather well in the long term.


  April 2021 
Transforming a Historic Y

As part of the Gateway Region YMCA’s strategic plan and capital development initiative, the Bayer YMCA underwent a $2.5 million renovation, bringing its offerings in line with modern demand.

Taking Football Support to the Next Level

The Fertitta Football Complex at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, recently got an upgrade to its training center with more advanced equipment and flooring.


  March 2021 
Fitness Trends to Watch

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that the future is unpredictable, but ACE experts have talked to fitness professionals to get an idea of a few fitness trends to keep an eye on this year.

Transforming Pools & Splash Pads for Post-Pandemic Fun

Although many aquatic facilities were forced to close during the pandemic, savvy facility owners are using their down time as an opportunity to do much-needed maintenance or even embark on renovation projects.


  February 2021 
Champion Results
Thompson-Boling Arena, University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn.

The University of Tennessee’s Thompson-Boling Assembly Center has been a community landmark and gathering space since 1987. Since 2008, nearly $40 million in upgrades and improvements have improved the facility for everyone.

How to Reassure Clients It's Safe to Return to the Gym

The impact of the global pandemic continues to be felt around the world, and the fitness sector has faced vast challenges. Here are three ways to reassure existing and new members that it’s safe to come back to the gym for a workout.


  January 2021 
Helping Commercial Aquatic Facilities
Proactive Upgrades Reduce Operating Costs

Commercial pools have been hit hard by the pandemic. Being proactive with an aquatic energy audit is one way to help pool managers lower their costs.

Camp Leads the Way
Early Action, Layers of Compliance Made for a Successful Camp Experience in 2020

Expanding on our In Service column about the American Camp Association, we take a look at how many camps were able to adjust to the pandemic, institute new practices and operate successfully and safely based on the organization’s guidance.


  November 2020 
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.


  October 2020 
Get Kids Moving Again

The CDC has recognized that young people are becoming increasingly sedentary—and that was before COVID-19. The American Council on Exercise brought fitness and health experts together to offer some guidance.

Better Lighting, Less Maintenance
Fant-Ewing Coliseum at University of Louisiana Monroe

When the University of Louisiana Monroe needed a solution that provided better lighting while reducing maintenance costs, it turned to LED lighting for its Fant-Ewing Coliseum.


  September 2020 
Philadelphia Eagles & Lincoln Financial Field Recognized for Safety & Security

The Philadelphia Eagles were recently credited with a SAFETY Act designation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Learn how the team has addressed safety and security at Lincoln Financial Field.

Lighting for People and the Planet

Gulf Shores features miles of pristine beaches along Alabama’s gulf coast, drawing more than 5 million people annually. But as a home to several species of endangered sea turtles, lighting decisions must be made carefully.


  August 2020 
Got Downtime? Upgrade Your Pump Room

Many commercial aquatic facilities have been closed for the summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While you might be missing the guests in your pool, the prolonged shutdown does give aquatic facilities to opportunity to upgrade equipment in the pump room.


  July 2020 
Misconceptions About Chlorine Demand

There have been several changes in water care over the past few years, including an increase in saltwater pools and more. Through these changes, one problem that remains prevalent is chlorine demand.

The Growing Importance of Virtual Programming

The COVID-19 pandemic has moved much of the world online, and people of all generations are coming to embrace virtual engagement opportunities. Find out how to use virtual programming to boost your revenue potential with minimal overhead.


  June 2020 
Trends in Camp Facilities
A Look at Trends in Camps

From campgrounds and RV parks to summer sleepaway camps and more, these facilities provide some respite from the go-go world. Here is an overview of the latest trends in camp facilities.

Trends in Rec Centers
A Look at Trends in Sports & Recreation Centers

Whether publicly or privately owned, community sports and recreation centers are an outlet for a wide variety of activities, from team sports to fitness and beyond. Here is an overview of the latest rec center trends.


  May 2020 
A Creative Rec Center Renovation
Webster Recreation Center in Webster, N.Y.

Faced with austerity measures, the village of Webster, N.Y., explored innovative cost-saving measures to develop a recreation center for the community, ultimately choosing a creative renovation of an existing facility.

Keeping an Eye on the Weather at Nissan Stadium

When inclement weather struck the 2019 CMA Fest in Nashville, the safety and security team was ready to roll with a predetermined plan and high-performance equipment.


  April 2020 
Grow a Grassroots Skating Program

Last July, Learn to Skate USA reported record-breaking membership numbers. The program give members access to a wide range of tools and helps facilities across the United States enhance grassroots programming.

Bad Weather, Good Decisions

When there’s lightning, it’s essential to head for safety. The Sports Turf Managers Association is made up of field managers at the forefront of safety, and when it comes to bad weather, they are increasingly using predictive technology to make good decisions.


  March 2020 
Working 'Out'
Keep Your Facility Safe for Outdoor Workouts

Spring is finally approaching, and after a long winter, folks will want to take their workout into the great outdoors. Be careful not to expose your facility to risk when you take programming outside by learning how to protect your club.

5 Family-Friendly Parks & Rec Activities for 2020

While there’s always a place for the traditional, citizens are looking for new, trendy activities. Here’s the five hottest family-friendly activities that inclusive rec departments are adopting in 2020.


  February 2020 
Beyond Ordinary
Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Nestled between sapphire seas and dramatic desert landscapes, Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas offers guests a massive lagoon pool filled with saltwater from the nearby Pacific. Learn more about the challenges of the project.

Blazing a New Trail
Camp Prime Time in Yakima, Wash.

For 33 years, Camp Prime Time in Washington State, has provided a getaway for disabled and seriously ill children. But keeping the camp in running order can be a challenge, even when the jobs are small.


  January 2020 
Winter Fun: 10 Events and Activities For Cold Weather

Don’t know how to engage your community during the winter months? Get inspired with this list of fun events for all to enjoy.

Dehumidifier Replacement Improves Efficiency

For one luxury apartment community in Ottawa, Ontario, updating old equipment helped improve the indoor pool environment.


  November 2019 
Living the Dream
University of South Dakota Wellness Center in Vermillion, S.D.

The University of South Dakota’s Wellness Center recently converted a not-so-popular racquetball court into a functional fitness area that is now seeing more consistent use.

Tampa Bay Rays Improve Weather Safety

In September 2018, the Tampa Bay Rays saw an impressive crowd showing up for a game with the New York Yankees, when a lightning strike led to a momentary loss of power. Now, real-time weather threats allow the stadium to better plan.


  October 2019 
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.


  September 2019 
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.


  August 2019 
Keeping Summers Accident-Free

An alarming number of water-related deaths and injuries occur in and around pools each year. Learn how building codes have added provisions to make pools and spas safer.

Enzymes Make Water Maintenance Easier

Learn more about how enzymes have evolved to provide specific results for aquatic facilities.


  July 2019 
Make Better Weather Decisions

Doppler radar is an important tool in evaluating weather conditions, but it’s important to understand it well before making weather-related decisions.

Filtration Operation: Back to Basics

When it comes to keeping pool water clean and clear, the pool filter is the key. Get back to basics to understand how filtration works.


  June 2019 
Trends in Camp Facilities
A Look at Trends in Camps

Camp facilities range from summer camps for youths to campgrounds and RV parks for anyone who cares to spend some time relaxing in the great outdoors. Here, we provide an overview of trends in these facilities.

Trends in Rec Centers
A Look at Trends in Rec Centers

Community sports and recreation centers provide a place for people to get involved in a wide variety of programs, from team sports to fitness and more. Here, we take a look at the latest in these facilities.


  May 2019 
Neighborhood Investments & The Common Good

A recent report covering four cities reveals how investments in parks, libraries, trails and other civic assets can change people’s perceptions of the surrounding neighborhood.

Brand-New View

When Pinellas County, Fla., needed to replace the boardwalks and fishing pier surrounding the observation tower at scenic Wall Springs Park, engineers decided to find a more lasting solution.


  April 2019 
Year-Round Aquatics

Kirkland Lake in northeastern Ontario has transformed into a charming town with something to see and do for everyone. Recently, the town added multifunctional indoor pools and aquatic spaces.

UNC Greensboro Aquatics Go Green

There’s a growing trend among athletic aquatic facilities to install eco-friendly equipment. The University of North Carolina in Greensboro recently updated its aquatic facility with energy-efficient equipment.


  March 2019 
On the Move

How do you start a campaign to get people around the world moving and getting fitter? Find out more about a campaign to do just that.

Ensure Long Heater Life

When it comes to pool heater failure, improper installation is a common culprit. If you want to be sure pool water stays warm, take time now to review your heater installation.


  February 2019 
Detroit Creates a Community

The Downtown Detroit Partnership has created public spaces around the Michigan city that bring millions of people together annually to play, learn, laugh, get active and more.

Swimming in Luxury

Excitement has been building around 20,000 square feet of luxury swimming pools at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center—pools that will allow patrons to enjoy beautiful views and fresh air even when the peaks are covered with snow.


  January 2019 
Ammonia and Nitrates in Swimming Pools

Maintaining a pool properly means understanding all of the chemical reactions taking place and keeping things in balance. This article takes a close look at ammonia and nitrates, with helpful advice on maintaining safer water.

A Splashing Good Time

In late September 2018, an amazing new splash park was completed in the river valley of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, featuring visual appeal, inclusivity and eco-friendly recirculation.


  November 2018 
Scent Marketing in Fitness Facilities

Scent marketing, used to influence and connect consumers on an emotional level, can provide unique benefits in fitness facilities.

Women Gain Ground in Sports Information Careers

Title IX brought about a sense of inclusion for women in sport, and more women have taken on careers in the sports industry, gaining ground in marketing, events, communications and more. But in some areas, women are still laying the groundwork.


  October 2018 
What to Do After Wildfires

Wildfires can have a devastating impact on an area. Here’s some advice for restoring and repairing swimming pools after a wildfire.

Advocating for Safer Swimming

In recent years, more cities and parks have stepped up efforts to provide swimming education to all their residents.


  September 2018 
Who Has the Best Parks?

The Trust for Public Land recently released its seventh annual ParkScore Index, ranking park systems in the 100 largest U.S. cities. For the third straight year, Minneapolis has taken top honors.

Fitness Takes a Hike

After this Ontario town got a generous land donation, community members saw an opportunity to add the area’s first outdoor gym.


  July 2018 
Preventing Juvenile Drowning
A Look at Howard's Hope

After experiencing the near-drowning of their own child, Steve and Stacy Reeves dedicated themselves to helping make a difference by preventing juvenile drownings.

Extend the Swim Season & Save Money

Reducing evaporation at your pool helps conserve water. Making a liquid solar cover part of your pool maintenance program can help.


  June 2018 
Camps
A Look at Trends in Camps

Camp facilities range from summer camps for youths to campgrounds and RV parks for anyone who cares to spend some time relaxing in the great outdoors. Here, we provide an overview of trends in these facilities.

Community Centers
A Look at Trends in Community Centers

Community sports and recreation centers provide a place for people to get involved in a wide variety of programs, from team sports to fitness and more. Here, we take a look at the latest in these facilities.


  May 2018 
Introducing PHIT America Month

With more than 70 percent of American adults either overweight or obese, PHIT America has launched its first ever PHIT America Month to help inspire millions of Americans to get up, get out and get a move on.

Growing the Game

Golf courses, when well managed and marketed, can beat the odds and provide a great amenity to the communities they serve. From bringing in the youngest players to enticing new players, here's how to help grow the game.


  April 2018 
Go Greener

Earth Day happens every year in April, and this month, we're taking the opportunity to celebrate by offering up some suggestions to make your operations a little greener.

Indoor Multi-Sport Complex Comes to Detroit

A new indoor multi-sport complex in Detroit features an indoor cycling velodrome and much more.


  March 2018 
Chicago Team Rows With the Best

Saint Ignatius Chicago Rowing is one the top national competitive rowing programs in the city, with both male and female students and former Olympian rowers coaching the team to success.

New York Gym Gets Connected

At Life Time Athletic in New York, connected cardio equipment will allow Apple Watch users to track their exercise seamlessly, providing accurate metrics to help take their workout to the next level.


  February 2018 
Restoring a Rare Ecosystem Pays Off

In 2016, Arlington County's Magnolia Bog restoration project earned the Best New Environmental Sustainability Award from the Virginia Recreation and Park Association. The project is a model of natural resource management in urban areas.

Restrooms
Additional Considerations in Prefabricated Restrooms

In addition to environmental factors, there are plenty of other considerations one must take into account when selecting restroom structures.


  January 2018 
Sports & Entertainment Abound
Place Bell in Laval, Quebec

In Montreal, Laval's Place Bell, with its 10,000-seat arena, promises to become one of the most in-demand sports and entertainment destinations in Quebec.

Landscape Trends on the Horizon

We talked to experts to find out the latest trends in commercial landscaping for 2018.


  November 2017 
Goldfish Swim School Chooses Chlorine Generation

One of the fastest-growing North American franchises recently chose to use on-site chlorine generation in its facilities in order to improve safety and cost-efficiency.

Colorado State University – Pueblo Boosts Football Program

Colorado State University – Pueblo dropped its football program in 1984, but when a Friends of Football program raised enough money to bring the program back, they embarked on renovations that gave student-athletes a real boost.


  October 2017 
Avoiding Recreational Water Illness Outbreaks

Recreational water illnesses can be a big problem, especially toward the end of summer when higher bather loads mean filters are working overtime. A two-pronged approach can help avoid RWIs in the first place.

The Gym Gets Smarter
Ellipticals, Treadmills Integrate With Fitness Trackers

The rise in activity trackers has had a big impact on fitness equipment and facilities. Here, we take a look at smart gyms.


  September 2017 
Enzymes to Ease Water Maintenance

Manufacturers have developed new enzyme products to meet the needs of each and every body of water. Here's a look at how enzymes can help you maintain water quality more effectively at your aquatic facility.

Do's and Don'ts of Inclusive & Multigenerational Play

When planning for an inclusive and multigenerational playground, there are some specific things to keep in mind to make the project a success.


  July 2017 
Expand Your Water Testing Options

Regular water testing is critical to ensure there is an adequate level of sanitizer in the water, and that other parameters are in balance. Here, we take a look at different types of DPD test methods.

Building Up the Tradition
Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in Highmount, N.Y.

In Lake Placid, N.Y., home to the 1980 Winter Olympics, a ski lodge was recently given a boost, when a fabric building was added to help ease congestion.


  June 2017 
Camps
A Look at Trends in Camps

Camp facilities give people a way to get away from it all. Here, we'll take a look at trends in these facilities, which include campgrounds, youth camps and more.

Community Centers
A Look at Trends in Community Centers

Community centers are hubs of activity, providing a place where people can play, compete and focus on wellness. This web-exclusive story looks at the latest trends in these facilities.


  May 2017 
The State-of-the-Art Student Experience
St. Mary's High School in Stockton, Calif.

When this nearly 1,000-student school opened its new Chase Family Fitness Center in 2015, it expanded its goal to develop its students and staff spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically. Learn more about the new complex.

The Purple Haze
Be Ready for Pool Season

Now that winter is over, recreational pools are pulling off the covers and getting ready for summer fun. But sometimes, what’s lurking under that cover needs some attention.


  April 2017 
Tips on Maintaining Safe Swimming Spaces

As swimming continues to grow as a preferred method of exercise, commercial aquatic facilities see an increasing number of users year after year. Facility operators and managers need to keep abreast of the best ways to keep the pool, deck area and locker rooms as safe as possible for all patrons.

Preventing Pool Problems

A recent study revealed that people do, indeed, pee in pools. But the National Swimming Pool Foundation says that's no reason to stop swimming, and offers ways that coaches and facility managers can tackle this problem.


  March 2017 
SUNY New Paltz Gets a Jump on Fitness

A new app is giving students, faculty, staff and alumni at SUNY New Paltz greater control over their exercise, while providing fitness and recreation facilities important information to help create a better exercise experience.

Serving Up Innovation
OKC Tennis Center Adds Indoor Tennis

The Oklahoma City Tennis Center at Will Rogers Park recently added an award-winning tennis structure housing six regulation courts. The new building brings the OKC Tennis Center to 36 total courts.


  February 2017 
Preventing the Flu at Your Facility

Given that 80 percent of illness-causing germs are spread through touch, cleaning and disinfection is a critical step toward preventing illness and outbreak. Here are some tips to help prevent the spread of flu and other winter germs in your facility.

Sports Without Opponents
Self-Competitive Mainstreaming

When you want to ensure inclusive opportunities for all potential patrons, turn to sports that allow participants to compete against themselves, rather than each other.


  January 2017 
Don't Slip!
Preventing Slips & Falls

Park and recreation managers interested in pool safety need to pay close attention to surfaces around pools. Tiles can become slippery, leading to accidents. But solutions are available to prevent slips and falls.

Affordable Pool Renovations

Pools are often the center of attention at recreation centers and health clubs, and if your pool is lackluster, your facility's business may suffer. Here are some affordable ways to spruce things up.


  November 2016 
Shedding Some Light on UV

An industry expert responds to a recent article about using UV to systems to treat water in swimming pools, with clarification about systems that work best in various contexts.

Setting the Natural Light 'Gold Standard'
Commercial Daylighting Systems Enhance Aesthetics, Sustainable Design, Health & Energy Savings

If you want your facility to maximize patron comfort and minimize costs for lighting, relying on natural light is a key. There are newer commercial daylighting systems that are making indoor daylight more accessible for all kinds of recreation, sports and fitness facilities.


  October 2016 
Troubleshooting Tips for Automatic Pool Cleaners

Automatic pool cleaners are a big part of keeping pools running properly. But things can go wrong. Here are some troubleshooting tips to keep your automatic pool cleaner doing its very important job.

Get an Upgrade for Your Athletic Fields

Since 2015, the Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids. Initiative has renovated more than 607,000 square feet of athletic and recreational green spaces. Learn more about how to add your community's name to the hat to get your own athletic field renovation project under way.


  September 2016 
Overjoyed in the Ozarks
Reeds Spring High School
Reeds Spring, Mo.

When the University of Cincinnati replaced its synthetic turf surface, it led to an unexpected playing surface upgrade at a Southwest Missouri high school.

The 5 W's of Enzymes
Enjoy Crystal Clear Water

Enzyme products have evolved over the years to suit many needs for every body of water. Learn more about the ins and outs of enzymes.


  August 2016 
Passing the Smell Test
Clearing the Air in Aquatic Facilities

Indoor aquatic facilities can present numerous problems in terms of air quality—ultimately threatening the health of swimmers and staff, as well as the pool's infrastructure itself. HVLS fans can help.


  July 2016 
A Stunning Solution for The Yards Park in Washington, D.C.

Yards Park is a fantastic open space in Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, featuring a monumental fountain. But until recently, this stunning fountain wasn't quite so impressive.

It's Elementary
Use Color & Structure to Enhance the Playground Experience

The best playgrounds serve an aesthetic purpose while providing the surrounding community with a much needed center of growth and development for children of all ages.


  June 2016 
A Look at Trends in Camps

Camp facilities provide a natural respite from the workaday world. Here, we take a look at trends in these facilities, from campgrounds to youth camps and beyond.

A Look at Trends in Community Centers

Community and private recreation and sports centers offer up fun, fitness and plenty of opportunities to compete. This web-exclusive section examines the trends in these facilities.


  May 2016 
Generate Business by Renovating Older Pools

If you have a swimming pool that is showing signs of wear and tear, now is the time to look at renovating the pool and its surroundings. The right renovation will fix problems and modernize your pool to attract more swimmers.

Flexible Athletics
The Novogratz Center for Athletics
Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, N.Y., recently completed construction on The Novogratz Center for Athletics, a new 27,900-square-foot facility that was designed to flexibly accommodate the school's growing athletics program.


  April 2016 
Safety vs. Risk on the Playground

Playground safety has come a long way over the years. But has it come too far? The best playgrounds still encourage children to take risks in order to learn and grow.

Drought vs. El Nino
Water Chemistry for a Crazy Climate

Water is central to our climate, and also to our aquatic experiences. Managing water quality and chemistry in swimming pools can be a real challenge in today's crazy climate.


  March 2016 
Building Out the Ideal Swim School

Goldfish Swimming School has more than 30 indoor pool locations nationwide, with indoor air quality and comfort painstakingly built into each location.

Dealing With Off-Road Trash Receptacles

Finding ways to streamline operations is one way to reduce costs. With specialized trash trucks, many city leaders are finding new efficiencies in taking care of off-road trash at parks, trails and sports facilities.


  February 2016 
Understanding ORP, Sanitization & How Controllers Work

Correct water balance in commercial pools and spas makes the difference between a safe, attractive pool and a disaster. Advances in automation, new methods of disinfection and better education have made aquatic facility managers' jobs easier.

Thinking Forward on Custom Nature Play
Dove Springs Park in Austin, Texas

A result of strategic, collaborative partnerships and forward-thinking community leaders, the new custom playscape at Dove Springs Park in Austin, Texas, is turning heads.


  January 2016 
Savings, Beauty & Improved Visibility in the Pool

One of the fastest, easiest ways to reduce energy consumption and save money at your aquatic facility is to replace incandescent pool lighting with today's improved LED lighting.

Tarping: How to Keep Your Sports Turf Crew Safe

Tarps are an important tool to protect sports fields from weather damage. But it's equally important to protect your crew.


  November 2015 
The Science Behind Pool Cleaning
Best Practices for Robotic Pool Cleaners in Commercial Pools

Your swimming pool is in a constant state of change. Failure to properly clean the pool can lead to illness or worse. Here's how to know if you're doing it right.

Generation Recreation
Catering Wellness & Fitness to Active Agers, Teens and More

Whether it's designed for active agers or bored teens, programming that is meant for a specific age group is an important part of a facility's lineup.

NRPA Leads Effort to Revitalize North Las Vegas Park

Joe Kneip Park in North Las Vegas recently got a makeover, thanks to the National Recreation and Park Association, the City of North Las Vegas and a number of other partners.


  October 2015 
Eco-Friendly Swimming Pool Draining

Before you drain a pool for the end of the season, cleaning or renovation, give some thought to the effect the water will have on the environment.

Tennis Facilities Recognized

The City of Phoenix's newly renovated Tennis Center was recently recognized for excellence by the U.S. Tennis Association. Learn about this and 12 other winners that were recognized for excellence in construction and renovation.


  September 2015 
Bring the Outside In
Hempfield Recreation Center in Landisville, Pa.

When the Hempfield Recreation Center in Landisville, Pa., needed to improve its operations, it went with a solution that would improve maintenance while decreasing the center's operating expenses.

Going Natural
Incorporating Nature Play Into Urban Parks & Greenways

Expanding on our coverage of urban greenways, we provide additional information about how incorporating natural play elements along greenways can help boost involvement in nature by kids and families.


  July 2015 
Green Your Cleaning

With the adoption of greener practices in recreation facilities comes the use of cleaning products that are greener and scent-free. What's more, the key ingredient in many cleaning solutions nowadays is simple: water.

Trends in Golf Facilities
A Look at Trends in Golf Facilities

As a follow-up to our Annual Industry Report, we take a look at some of the trends among golf facilities, including country clubs, golf clubs and more.


  June 2015 
Camps
A Look at Trends in Camp Facilities

From campgrounds to youth camp facilities, these outdoor venues provide a respite for the wide range of people that come to visit. Here we look at the latest trends in camp facilities.

Community Centers
A Look at Trends in Community Centers

This feature summarizes the survey results from private and community sports and recreation centers, including plans for construction, programming and more.


  May 2015 
Programming Across the Ages
An Inclusive Attitude Gets Active Adults & Seniors Involved

By 2017, one of every two people in the United States will be older than 50, and recreation, sports and fitness facilities are adapting to meet the changing needs of this aging population.

Drought-Proof Your Pool

As summer heats up, things get dryer, and with much of the southwestern United States facing severe droughts, it's important to keep water quality at its best to reduce the need for pool draining and refilling.


  April 2015 
Certifiably Safer in the Fitness Industry

What are the most important qualifications for a fitness instructor? In this article, a legal expert examines the implications of various types of certification testing and the value they create.

No Obstacle to Success

Obstacle course races have seen a huge upswing over the past several years. Learn more about this unique approach to racing events and why people come in droves to compete.


  March 2015 
Managing Maintenance, Meeting Expectations
Fitness Equipment Updates Will Satisfy Facility Owners & End Users

Fitness equipment continues to evolve to make it easier for people to get in a good workout—but manufacturers are also adding features that make it easier for club operators to keep things running smoothly.

Upgrading Play Safety: A Case Example

When First Baptist Church in Neches, Texas, decided to surface their playground with rubber mulch, they turned the whole installation experience into a fun time for all.


  February 2015 
Less Stress, More Fitness
Swimming Decreases Stress, Boosts Fitness As We Age

Just because we get older, that doesn't mean we need to get less fit and less healthy. For those who learn to swim, the water offers the perfect venue for maintaining fitness and health, while reducing stress.

Get Ready to Garden

Many parks and recreation organizations offer community members the space—and even some education—to start gardening. This month, we'll take a look at things you can do to get your community garden's season off to a good start.


  January 2015 
'Youthful Enthusiasm'
Helping Adults Overcome Their Fear of Water

By the time most adults look for help overcoming their fear of water, they need help reclaiming the youthful resiliency that will help them learn and grow.

Fit in '15

What fitness trends will take hold in 2015? Join us as we discuss some of the up-and-coming trends with the American Council on Exercise.


  November 2014 
Durability Meets Design
Provo Recreation Center in Provo, Utah

The new, 160,000-square-foot Provo City Recreation Center is designed to accommodate patrons of all ages. With comfort in mind, special attention was given to the facility's locker rooms and restrooms.

Green Practices in Grounds Management

When you get everyone on board with greener practices in grounds management, you can not only save the environment, you can also save time, effort and maybe even your budget.


  October 2014 
Changing Weather Changes Pool Procedures

The world's weather patterns are changing, and predictable seasonal weather is hard to come by. Traditional methods for closing down pools for the season may need to adapt.

Want to Build a Better Community?

The National Recreation and Park Association's Building Better Communities signature grant program's application period opens at the end of October. Learn more about the program, as well as some of the projects it's making possible.


  September 2014 
In the Swim
The Olympic Pool & Fitness Centre in Newmarket, New Zealand

A New Zealand pool and fitness center has found the right solution to protect swimmers from illness while providing a wonderful swimming experience.

Turf: A Crash Course

Synthetic turf fields offer a wide range of benefits. Here's a look at some specific types of turf and their applications.


  August 2014 
Drought-Proof Your Pool

With so many states facing water shortages, smart strategies for reducing waste can come in handy and keep your pool up and running.


  July 2014 
Removing Park Barriers

Whether it's a playground suited for all abilities, a trail that provides wheelchair users access to a beautiful view or a picnic area that allows everyone to enjoy their time together, accessibility in our parks is a critical issue. Learn more about how some park sites are removing barriers and improving access.

Shrink the Power Bill
Pacific Park Pool in Glendale, Calif.

One of the most common ways facilities can reduce their operating expenditures is by improving energy efficiency. Smart investments and strategies will help reduce the cost of powering your facility.


  June 2014 
A Look at Trends in Camp Facilities
Camps

Whether it's a private youth camp facility or a campground for all ages, camp facilities offer a unique experience to the people they serve. Here we look at the latest trends among camp facilities.

A Look at Trends in Community Sports & Recreation Centers
Community Centers

This feature summarizes the survey results from private and community sports and recreation centers, including plans for construction, programming and more.


  May 2014 
Fun on the Water
Water-Based Entertainment Adds Revenue, Builds Community

Natural waterfronts are a boon to their communities, when you know how to use them. Water-based family entertainment centers can boost revenue, as well as enhance the community they serve.

Cultural Opportunities
A Case Example Reveals the Impact of Culture on Recreation & Sports Facility Design

Designers of recreation, sports and fitness facilities must take into account the various needs of the population the facility will serve. Unusual sports and differing cultures can present an opportunity to do something different.


  April 2014 
Beautiful Views
The Power of Daylighting

Sure, providing plenty of natural light can help you save on energy costs, but did you know it also can improve performance and productivity, as well as health?

Peak Performance
Bay Club Launches Performance Program

Performance training may be a niche specialty in the programming arena, but those who get it right can really make a difference in helping their clients and members achieve their goals.


  March 2014 
Nice Ice
CAN/AM Adult Pond Hockey Tournament
Lake Placid, N.Y.

Grooming the ice for the 10th annual Lake Placid, N.Y., CAN/AM Adult Pond Hockey Tournament was made just a bit easier this year, due to an equipment donation that smoothed the process.

Under the Right Lights
Ryan Center
University of Rhode Island

New lighting for the University of Rhode Island's Ryan Center means the Rams will be among the first basketball players shooting hoops under LED lights.


  February 2014 
Get Ready for Race Day

Many parks and recreation organizations play host to 5ks, fun runs and other races. What are the benefits to your community and your organization, and what are some of the ins and outs of hosting a great race?

A Suitable Shelter

For the Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation tribe, a planned tepee-themed shelter will serve as a gathering spot and focal point for this community in the far northern reaches of Alberta, Canada.


  January 2014 
The Value of Play: Bringing Recess Back

A mounting pile of research shows that kids do better in school—and in life—when they have access to free play during the school day. So, how many schools have tipped the scales to add recess back to the school day?

Make Some Noise
Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School
Scotch Plains, N.J.

When its sports fields' audio system failed on homecoming day, one school knew it was time for something different.


  November 2013 
King of Laundry
Cabrillo College Boosts Laundry Productivity

Athletic and fitness facility laundry can be a gigantic chore. Having the right tools in place can make a difference, as one college found.


  October 2013 
Boosting Sports in a War Zone

Sports are a universal language, and children around the world love to come together for competition and fun. Engaging children in community and sport is one goal of a recent project that brought dozens of sports courts to communities in Afghanistan.

Recreation
The Lost Episodes of Parks and Recreation
(That We Would Like to See…)

  September 2013 
Aquatic Safety
Consortium Aims to Keep Pools Safe

One of the most important steps you can take to improve water quality at your pool is to educate the public. This month we take a look at some of the things the National Swimming Pool Foundation is doing to help pools keep their water clean and safe.


  August 2013 
Handling Burrowers on the Golf Course

Burrowing rodents can present a huge challenge for golf groundskeepers. But there are green and effective solutions that can save your fairways and greens, as well as labor.


  July 2013 
Sports for Everyone
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Adaptive Sports

Learn more about how adaptive sports programs are ensuring everyone gets to play.


  May 2013 
Honorable Mentions

We've announced the winners of our awards, but there were plenty of other entries that received high marks from the judges and deserve a little recognition. Here, we take a look at a few of the most innovative projects that didn't quite make it to the winner's circle.


  April 2013 
Freshen Up Your Fitness

Spring's as good a time as any to freshen up your fitness programs and equipment. Here, we take a quick look at some of the latest introductions and trends in fitness, from new kettlebell programming to amazing green solutions.


  March 2013 
Bird's Eye View
Aerial Imagery
High-Res Technology Enhances Landscape Management

Getting an aerial view of your golf course or other recreational facility can make a big difference in effectively managing the site.


  February 2013 
Fighting Disease, One Germ at a Time

Flu season isn't over yet. Learn how to prevent the spread of germs at your facility with these helpful tips.


  January 2013 
Play
Inclusive Play Stands Out

Expanding on our print feature covering inclusive playgrounds, we offer a look at how some playgrounds have put ideas into action.

Portrait of a Winner
Tuscarora Township Wins Shelter

Tuscarora Township in Michigan was the lucky winner of a beautiful shelter at the NRPA Congress this past October. Learn more about how the township plans to utilize its windfall.


  November 2012 
Work Your Turf
Aeration, Overseeding Can Help Turfgrass After Drought

The drought of 2012 was brutal in many locations, and your turf might be feeling the effects. Learn what you need to do now to help rejuvenate your turf.


  October 2012 
Keep the Speed on Ice
Skatetown
Roseville, Calif.

A Sacramento ice rink relies on a unique traffic solution to keep speeding traffic under control.

Halloween Hauntings
Bennett's Curse
Jessup, Md.

Bennett's Curse in Jessup, Md., has been named one of the best haunted houses in the country and has been featured on the Travel Channel. To get all of their frightful attractions under one roof, owners turned to a unique building solution.


  September 2012 
Smart Technology

RFID wristbands have been implemented at Hersheypark to improve customer convenience and satisfaction, as well as boost profits at the park.


  August 2012 
A Miracle for Joplin
New Playgrounds Set Up at Cunningham Park

Nearly a year after a devastating tornado ploughed through Joplin, Mo., replacement playgrounds are making their way, thanks to the help of volunteers and a dedicated playground manufacturer.


  July 2012 
Need Energy? Make Your Own
YMCA of the North Shore Saves Resources, Operating Costs with Co-Generation

Fitness facilities can get a boost when they engage in cogeneration solutions to power their facilities. Learn how a YMCA has taken advantage of this technology to reduce its operating expenditures.

Boost Your RWI Knowledge
New Course, Handbook Help Aqua Pros Prevent Problems

Aquatic facility managers must stay on top of the latest news and tools to fight the good fight against recreational water illnesses. The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) has some new resources available to help you meet these challenges head on.


  June 2012 
Camp Trends
A Look at Trends in Camps, Campgrounds & RV Parks

Camps, campgrounds and RV parks are a unique breed among recreation, sports and fitness facilities. Learn about how these facilities are adding programs and amenities over the next few years, as well as other trends.


  May 2012 
Heavy-Duty Fixtures

At the new KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Ky., designers found an aesthetically pleasing solution for restrooms that can withstand the abuse of sports fans.

Research Covers Trends in Shared Use

Joint use agreements are recommended to help communities stay active after school. Active Living recently overviewed some of the current trends in these agreements.


  April 2012 
Cleaning the Water, Clearing the Air
How UV Water Treatment Improves Water and Air Quality

UV treatment is a great way to sanitize your pool's water, but it also helps improve air quality around swimming pools—especially indoors. This article explores the use of UV treatment in pools to help improve water and air quality.

Kids Just Want to Have Fun

In a recent survey, 84 percent of kids said they either quit or wanted to quit playing sports, mostly because they weren't having fun. We look at some of the other troubling numbers, and talk with an expert about how to bring back the fun and engage kids in sports.


  March 2012 
Mother Nature's Marathon

When Mother Nature almost put a stop to a Vermont marathon, planners made quick, smart adjustments to ensure runners would get their chance to shine.

Parks Reach Out to Disabled Vets & Soldiers

U.S. Paralympics selected the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to receive grant funding in support of Paralympic sport and physical activity programs for disabled veterans and members of the armed forces. Find out how these programs are making a difference.


  February 2012 
Recreation Careers
Drilling Down

In the issue, our expert columnist takes a look at streamlining the path to a graduate assistantship in recreation. In this Web-exclusive companion to that story, we provide an overview of the skills required to move ahead in such a career.

Memories & Dreams
A Playground Comes to Tucson

A little more than a year has passed since Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was critically injured by a gunshot wound to the head. Also in attendance at the meeting with constituents was 9-year-old Christina Taylor-Green, who was shot and killed as she stood in line to meet Giffords. Now, Tucson children have a new place to play, and to honor Christina.


  January 2012 
Operations & Maintenance: Locker Rooms
Quality Materials, Security Improve Locker Room, Restroom Upkeep

Locker rooms are a crucial aspect of the facilities they serve, but they can also present maintenance challenges. Getting it right in the first place, with proper materials and designs that take security into account, will help smooth the process.

Cool It Down
Indiana State University Saves on Cooling Towers

One of the areas where overhead can be contained or reduced is in the operation of the chilled water systems that support air conditioning throughout college campuses, specifically the cooling towers.