|Keeping Up Appearances||
|Good housekeeping and maintenance strategies for aquatic centers and other rec facilities|
No matter what your mother told you, looks matter—at least in the business of running a recreation facility. If things are allowed to become tattered, faded or coated with a grimy film of dust and mystery-goo, patrons will not have much trouble assuming that the cleanliness of the water is questionable as well.
Whether your facility is brand-spanking new or decades old, you never have worry about eventually showing your age with the help of some tricks-of-the-trade maintenance and management strategies. From the essentials of keeping your water sparkling to the how-toís of annual shut-downs, find out what it takes to create a better-than-new facility and to keep patrons happily coming back for more.
|How to hire, manage and keep great employees despite the generation gaps|
They come to you with piercings, with tattoos, with cell phones surgically attached. Their family time is important. Their personal time is important. Their job, perhaps, is not. They keep the name of their lawyer on their PDAs. A human resources nightmare? No, just your employees. Explore the challenges and rewards of the latest generation of staff issues, from the Mature crowd to Generation Y.
|The real-life story behind how recreational facilities can improve food services, cut costs and increase profits, from snack bars to full-fledged restaurants|
For snack bars to full-fledged restaurants, we give you the recipe for increasing profits, improving service and cutting costs. From design to operations, pick up a few tips on food service and concessions.
|The Crowd Turns Beautiful||
|From crime and crushings to big threats and personal safety, a look at some of the best techniques for managing large daily crowds as well as mass-spectator events|
Crowds are often referred to in the third person in ways that suggest they have a collective will: The crowd went wild. The crowd turned ugly. Despite collective behavior, crowds are made up of individuals. And itís the duty of recreational facility managers to safeguard every individual in their facility.
Especially in light of some recent incidents, we examine the best techniques for keeping mass-spectator events peaceful and fun. Also a look at other security-related issues for large crowds.
| GUEST COLUMNS|
|Building a Skate Park|| |
|Addressing the early concerns|
With currently more than 16 million skateboarders in the United States, skateboarding is the fastest growing sport among youth today. As a result, skate parks have been popping up around the country. Though many facilities, parks and municipalities are interested in building skate parks, itís hard to know where to start if you are unfamiliar with the sport. For those jumping into the process, here are several key issues to help avoid mistakes that can affect your parkís success.
|Going Native|| |
|The trend to convert unused lawn to natural areas can increase recreational potential and solves many management problems|
Sure, Americans are in love with lawn. However, there is a growing trend to convert unused lawn to native plantings such as prairie, savanna and wetland. In addition to providing valuable recreational space in the form of outdoor classrooms and areas for passive recreation, converting lawns to natural areas reduces maintenance costs, adds interesting and colorful plantings, controls soil erosion, and provides valuable wildlife habitat.
|Event Planning Ideas from Start to Finish|| |
|Races and other special events|
If youíre a runner or triathlete then this will seem familiar to you. Every spring you anticipate the snow melting so you can start training for your first 5K or 10K. You look forward to getting up early on a crisp weekend morning, lacing up your sneakers, hopping in the car and heading over to register for your first race. The race starts at 9 oíclock, so you get there around 8 a.m. and stand in line at the registration tent (with all the other shivering, scantily clad athletes). As you hang out at the gear check area, waiting until the last possible moment you have to take off your nice warm sweatshirt and sweatpants, you begin to look around at the race setup. You notice the start/finish structure, all the different tents (registration, pre-registration, volunteer check-in, goody bag/T-shirt, food, VIP, media), the sponsor banners hung all over the place, the tables of water and Gatorade cups, and you start to wonder how do they actually set all this up? Click here to find out.
| FACILITY PROFILES|
|A Rink of Their Own (and a Home for Tennis)|
|Ridder Arena, University of Minnesota|
When it comes to home court advantage, the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers womenís hockey team has the competition iced. The University of Minnesotaís Ridder Arena is the first—and currently only—arena dedicated solely to womenís hockey in the country.
Completed last year, Ridder Arena was conceived in the mid-1990s when the womenís hockey program began booming in popularity, and the teamís need for ice time became apparent. Likewise, the Gophers tennis teams were without a permanent home, so a space for them was included in the project.
|Handling High Water with Dock Technology|
|Galena Territory Marina|
When a rainstorm is capable of dumping more than eight inches of rain in one area in less than 24 hours, itís considered so rare that it only occurs once every 500 years. In the summer of 2002, Galena, Ill., experienced two such rainstorms in the course of three months.
| PRODUCT SHOWCASES||