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Make New Friends, Keep the Old: Trends in Strategic Fitness Facility Design

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Make New Friends, Keep the Old: Trends in Strategic Fitness Facility Design

By Chris Gelbach

Ideally, you want your fitness facility to be incredibly welcoming to new members and exercise newbies while also keeping existing members interested and coming back for more. Here's some smart strategies.
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Add 'Wow' to the Water: Trends in Aquatic Facility Design

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Add 'Wow' to the Water: Trends in Aquatic Facility Design

By Deborah L. Vence

The rectangular pool of the past is long gone, replaced with aquatic centers that offer a big splash. Here, we discuss some of the latest trends with top aquatic designers to help you bring more "wow" to your pools.
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Finding Synergy: Collaborating & Combining Functions in Multipurpose Designs

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Finding Synergy: Collaborating & Combining Functions in Multipurpose Designs

By Rick Dandes

When your facility serves a diverse community with a multi-faceted set of programs, it's crucial to have the right partners on board, as well as getting community involvement in the decision-making process right from the start.
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Lean & Green: Trends in Sports Facility Design

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Lean & Green: Trends in Sports Facility Design

By Dawn Klingensmith

For college and high school sports, as well as park-based sports facilities, it's become increasingly important to run efficiently while providing comfort and safety to fans and players alike.
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Picture Perfect Parks & Sites: Working With Landscape Architects on Park Design

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Picture Perfect Parks & Sites: Working With Landscape Architects on Park Design

By Joe Bush

You might think park design is a simple process of picking a site and placing some amenities. But when you have a landscape architect in your corner, you can make your site into a stunning community gathering place.
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Improve Your View: Find the Right Site Furnishings for Your Space

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Improve Your View: Find the Right Site Furnishings for Your Space

By Rick Dandes

Selecting site furnishings—from benches and picnic tables to trash receptacles, bike racks and more—is a crucial part of park planning. The right furnishings will enhance your space, and if you choose wisely, should last for the long haul.
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Bringing Play to Life: Creative Play Spaces and Playground Solutions

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Bringing Play to Life: Creative Play Spaces and Playground Solutions

By Joe Bush

Your playground doesn't have to look like every other. With creative approaches, customization, community involvement and more, you can build a unique playground that kids can't resist.
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Flourish Through Funding: Strategies to Support Park Creation and Maintenance

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Flourish Through Funding: Strategies to Support Park Creation and Maintenance

By Chris Gelbach

While budgets have tightened, there are still plenty of opportunities for funding your parks projects. From legislative approaches to grants, volunteering, concession contracts and more, we examine various methods for boosting your parks' potential.
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Big Thrills, No Spills: Safety First for Climbing Facilities

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Big Thrills, No Spills: Safety First for Climbing Facilities

By David Mumpower

Climbing wall facilities feature inherent risks, but there are measures you can take to dramatically reduce the risk of injury for climbers. Proper training and the right equipment can have a big impact.
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Pool Procedures Overview: Expert Tips on Maintaining a Safe, Healthy and Sustaining Swimming Pool

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Pool Procedures Overview: Expert Tips on Maintaining a Safe, Healthy and Sustaining Swimming Pool

By Rick Dandes

Swimming pools feature complex chemistry and a whole list of to-do's that are extremely important to keep things running right and to keep swimmers safe. Here, we asked some experts for input on pool maintenance.
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Going Green: Small Steps Make a Big Difference

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Going Green: Small Steps Make a Big Difference

By Deborah L. Vence

You don't have to build a brand-new, environmentally friendly facility to shrink your negative impact on the planet's resources. There are small steps to take that can go a long way in greening up existing facilities.
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How Refreshing!: Updating Splash Play to Meet New Demands

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How Refreshing!: Updating Splash Play to Meet New Demands

By Dawn Klingensmith

Now that splash play areas have been around a while, new trends are taking hold. From water treatment and conservation to designing the areas for appropriate ages and experiences, learn what's new.
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Recreation Management Magazine

In our May 2015 issue, we cover all the latest trends in recreation, sports and fitness facility design. From the importance of landscape architects for park and site projects to the newest goings-on in multipurpose facilities, from fitness facilities that welcome all users to aquatic centers that run smoothly, we've got it.

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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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2015 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.

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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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2014 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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