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.
|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.
|Bird's Eye View|
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.
|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.
|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.
|Keep the Speed on Ice|
A Sacramento ice rink relies on a unique traffic solution to keep speeding traffic under control.
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.
RFID wristbands have been implemented at Hersheypark to improve customer convenience and satisfaction, as well as boost profits at the park.
|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.
|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.
|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.
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.
|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.
|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.
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.
|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.