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Changing the Landscape: Natural Materials, Adventure Courses Top Design Trends

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Changing the Landscape: Natural Materials, Adventure Courses Top Design Trends

By Deborah L. Vence

Sustainable site design means different things in different environments. This feature will consider some of the important ways sustainable design is affecting parks and sites in different areas.
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Aquatic Evolution: Design Trends in Outdoor Aquatic Facilities

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Aquatic Evolution: Design Trends in Outdoor Aquatic Facilities

By Dave Ramont

Once upon a time, an outdoor pool was a simple rectangle with maybe a diving board or two. These days, outdoor aquatics provide a far more complex experience, pleasing patrons of all ages and abilities.
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Building Bridges: The New Age of Multipurpose Recreation Facilities

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Building Bridges: The New Age of Multipurpose Recreation Facilities

By Rick Dandes

In the past several years, more and more recreation, sports and fitness facilities are being designed in concert with healthcare facilities, providing people a way to transition through recovery to a life a wellness.
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Destination for Sports: Creating Multi-Use Sports Facilities

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Destination for Sports: Creating Multi-Use Sports Facilities

By Joe Bush

Most municipalities are home to a ballfield or two, but some parks districts and departments go above and beyond to create sports parks that are true destinations, able to host pick-up games as well as tournaments.
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Design Your Niche: Designing Facilities for Fitness Niches

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Design Your Niche: Designing Facilities for Fitness Niches

By Chris Gelbach

While cardio floors, weight areas and group fitness rooms are part and parcel of most fitness facilities, there are many niches that come and go as trends change. Here's how to design a facility that can roll with the changes.
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Place-Making: Pay Attention to Quality, Environment When Furnishing Your Site

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Place-Making: Pay Attention to Quality, Environment When Furnishing Your Site

By Deborah L. Vence

Site furnishings bring character and balance to a park's open space, with benches, water fountains and picnic tables being just a few of the common accessories you can find. But furnishing your park site requires careful planning, too, with one of the best ways being to understand or determine the common or intended use for your specific areas.
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A Playground for (All) the Ages: Bring Your Community Together With Fun And Fitness for Everyone

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A Playground for (All) the Ages: Bring Your Community Together With Fun And Fitness for Everyone

By Jessica Royer Ocken

These days, many of us are living longer. And longer lives means more seniors to serve in our communities, and a broader range of active ages and interests and abilities to engage. While playgrounds will almost always be focused on children, more communities are finding ways to encourage play across all generations.
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Nature in the City: Urban Park Design Provides Access to Nature

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Nature in the City: Urban Park Design Provides Access to Nature

By Dave Ramont

For those who dwell in urban and even some suburban areas, access to nature can be difficult, or even nonexistent. Here's how park designers help address the shortage—by creating parks that provide a respite from the daily urban grind.
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Get In on the Action: Programming Skateparks & Bike Parks for Safety & Success

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Get In on the Action: Programming Skateparks & Bike Parks for Safety & Success

By Joe Piaskowy

From initial design through operation, skateparks and bike parks are a crucial amenity to the communities they serve, providing an outlet for kids and helping them meet and overcome common challenges.
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Making Waves on the Waterfront: Recreational Amenities in and Near Water See Surging Interest

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Making Waves on the Waterfront: Recreational Amenities in and Near Water See Surging Interest

By Chris Gelbach

Providing a range of recreational options can bring in revenue and boost excitement in the community. From riverfront parks to reclaimed lakes to manmade family aquatic centers, what are some ideas for transforming a source of water into a source of Wow!
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Reaching New Heights: Growing Your Climbing Program

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Reaching New Heights: Growing Your Climbing Program

By Kelli Ra Anderson

Getting your climbing program off the ground means understanding your options, from flexible climbing solutions that help you expand your programming to knowing how to keep everyone safe in your facility.
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The Spray's the Thing: The Latest Trends in Splash Play Areas

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The Spray's the Thing: The Latest Trends in Splash Play Areas

By Joe Bush

A natural connection is an important part of the park setting. In this feature, we'll look at how splash play areas are taking cues from nature to create inspiring settings, in addition to offering an understanding of water treatment options that help save water.
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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. Whether it's the latest trends in outdoor aquatic centers, or how multipurpose facilities are increasingly incorporating wellness and healthcare, or a closer look at fitness niches, sporting destinations and greener landscapes, we've got our eye on the most current goings-on in facility design.

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News & Events

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

REC NEWS

UPCOMING EVENTS

2016 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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2015 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