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A Place for Everything, Everything in Its Place: Furnishing Your Site Effectively

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A Place for Everything, Everything in Its Place: Furnishing Your Site Effectively

By Dave Ramont

If you find yourself sitting serenely on a park bench, taking in the surroundings, the last thing on your mind is probably the park bench. But there are people who have given a lot of thought to that bench, along with all the other furnishings that make a park a pleasant place to be.
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A World of Play: Trends in Playground Planning & Design

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A World of Play: Trends in Playground Planning & Design

By Joe Bush

From inclusive playspaces that give kids of all abilities a chance to play alongside one another to custom-designed playgrounds that take a locality's history, culture or geology into account and beyond, playground designers and manufacturers continue to raise the bar.
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Fun for All: The Latest in Park Planning and Design

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Fun for All: The Latest in Park Planning and Design

By Rick Dandes

Parks are an essential part of a well-planned neighborhood, and as such, they require careful attention to planning and design. Collaborating with residents and other stakeholders and accommodating the interests of multiple generations are two keys to success.
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Pass It On: Cultivating New Nature-Lovers With Environmental Education Programs

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Pass It On: Cultivating New Nature-Lovers With Environmental Education Programs

By Dave Ramont

To protect the environment for the long term, you need to keep educating people, young and old, about why that's a worthwhile goal. Environmental education programs of all kinds connect people of all ages with the natural world around them, growing tomorrow's conservationists today.
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Essential Aquatic Maintenance: Facilities Need Planned Maintenance, Energy-Efficient Solutions

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Essential Aquatic Maintenance: Facilities Need Planned Maintenance, Energy-Efficient Solutions

By Deborah L. Vence

Aquatic facilities come with a lot of working parts that need to be kept running effectively. Staying on top of a wide range of maintenance requirements is essential to maintaining a safe environment for swimmers, as well as protecting your investment in your facility.
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Reaching New Heights: Demand for Adventure Fitness on the Rise

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Reaching New Heights: Demand for Adventure Fitness on the Rise

By Rick Dandes

From climbing and bouldering walls to ropes courses, challenge courses and obstacle courses, there's a tremendous range of adventure out there for the taking. Find out more about how to best manage these types of amenities, from getting folks interested to keeping them coming back for more.
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Sizing Up Your Surface: Options Abound When You Want Performance & Durability

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Sizing Up Your Surface: Options Abound When You Want Performance & Durability

By Rick Dandes

When it comes to indoor sports and fitness surfaces, options abound, from synthetic vinyl and rubber surfaces and tiles to hardwood flooring. Learn more about your choices and their benefits, as well as what to expect over the long run.
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By the Shore: Waterfronts Provide Economic Strength, Charm

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By the Shore: Waterfronts Provide Economic Strength, Charm

By Deborah L. Vence

If your community has a waterfront—whether along a river or lakefront, an abandoned quarry or a beach—you've got the ability to develop an amenity that will draw visitors for some passive and active recreation.
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Parks Gone to the Dogs: Planning & Programming a Park for Pooches

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Parks Gone to the Dogs: Planning & Programming a Park for Pooches

By Dave Ramont

Dog parks continue to surge in popularity across the country, with new places for pooches and their owners to play and socialize popping up in communities of all sizes. Learn more about planning and programming these parks.
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Attention to Detail: The Ongoing Evolution of the Locker Room

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Attention to Detail: The Ongoing Evolution of the Locker Room

By Joe Bush

Locker rooms have come a long way from the bare-bones functional spaces of the past. Modern-day locker rooms are designed to please modern-day patrons, with amenities and layouts that makes more sense.
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New Ways to Save: Improving Efficiency in Pool Operations

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New Ways to Save: Improving Efficiency in Pool Operations

By Chris Gelbach

In recreation facilities nationwide, swimming pools can eat away a big bite of the budget. Finding ways to operate aquatic facilities more efficiently and effectively is critical.
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Put Your Pool in Overdrive: Programming Your Pool for Success

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Put Your Pool in Overdrive: Programming Your Pool for Success

By Rick Dandes

Successful aquatic facilities require smart approaches to programming. While almost every pool should begin with the basics, there are plenty of ways to make the best use of pool time to grow attendance and revenues.
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Recreation Management Magazine

The April 2017 issue includes our annual guide to playgrounds and park furnishings, where we talk to experts about the latest trends in playground equipment, the best ways to select and arrange site furnishings, and the smartest strategies for designing park spaces. Inside the issue, we take a closer look at climbing walls and other adventurous recreational options, as well as aquatic facility maintenance and environmental education programs.

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News & Events

Your connection to current events, trends and top news stories in the managed recreation industry.

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2017 Buyers Guide

Check out our latest guide to everything you need for your sports, recreation or fitness facility. From aquatic supplies to sporting equipment, from workout machines to park site amenities—and beyond—we've got the most trusted, simple-to-use reference to sports, recreation and fitness products and services in the industry.

BUYERS GUIDE

Rec Report Newsletter

The Rec Report e-newsletter brings you the most up-to-date ideas and solutions for recreation, sports and fitness facility managers. Every month, we cover the latest and greatest innovations—from programming to facility planning, from research and trends to the newest products—to help you make your facility a success.

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Webinar Educational Series

Recreation Management's Webinar Educational Series connects you with the brightest stars in the field of managed recreation, sports and fitness facilities to provide an in-depth look at some of the top issues and challenges in the field today. Join us to learn more about practical solutions to common problems, as well as new developments and innovations in the industry.

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2016 State of the Industry

Find out the latest trends in managed recreation, sports and fitness facilities. We surveyed more than 2,000 industry professionals and summarized their responses in this annual must-read report.

STATE OF THE INDUSTRY REPORT

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