Parks With Purpose: Innovative Parks Hit Multiple Green Infrastructure Goals

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Parks With Purpose: Innovative Parks Hit Multiple Green Infrastructure Goals

By Emily Tipping

Parks provide myriad benefits—social, economic, environmental, educational and more—to the communities in which they sit. Some of the most innovative park designs seek to hit all these targets at once.
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Parks for People & the Planet: Landscape Design Aligns Community Wants With Nature's Needs

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Parks for People & the Planet: Landscape Design Aligns Community Wants With Nature's Needs

By Dave Ramont

Landscape architects and park designers continue to find new and innovative ways to conserve land while increasing recreation programming in communities across the country.
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Trail Mix: The Diverse & Transformative Power of Trails

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Trail Mix: The Diverse & Transformative Power of Trails

By Kelli Ra Anderson

There's been an explosion of interest in biking and being outdoors as the pandemic has settled in, for just about every demographic. Take a look at how well-planned and well-managed trails can be a boon for their communities.
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Choose Wisely: Considerations for Indoor Sports & Recreation Surfaces

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Choose Wisely: Considerations for Indoor Sports & Recreation Surfaces

By Joe Bush

When you’re looking to outfit your gym or fitness facilities, the surface beneath players and members’ feet is just as important as the equipment they work out on.
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Choose Your Own Adventure: Climbing, Challenge Courses, Ninja Courses & More

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Choose Your Own Adventure: Climbing, Challenge Courses, Ninja Courses & More

By Dave Ramont

Climbing gyms fared better in the pandemic than many other facilities, and adventure-related additions to parks and rec facilities have been taking off. Whether you’re adding climbing walls, challenge and ropes courses, ninja courses or zip lines, here’s a look at some basics.
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In the Know: Discovering Best Aquatic Maintenance Practices

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In the Know: Discovering Best Aquatic Maintenance Practices

By Kelli Ra Anderson

Ensuring your aquatic facility is running as smoothly and efficiently as possible requires a well-trained team that knows when and how to perform a host of daily, weekly and other functions. Find out more about best practices in aquatic maintenance here.
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Small Towns, Big Plans: Smaller-Scale Waterfront Projects With Big Impact

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Small Towns, Big Plans: Smaller-Scale Waterfront Projects With Big Impact

By Joe Bush

Redeveloping waterfront spaces into recreation areas has become increasingly popular, especially as industrial use has declined. Here, we examine how to make the most of a waterfront, and what kinds of recreational offerings to consider.
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A Space for Everyone: Modern Locker Room Designs Are More Inclusive

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A Space for Everyone: Modern Locker Room Designs Are More Inclusive

By Dave Ramont

As people return to in-person workouts and sports, some trends in the locker room have become best practices, while new trends have emerged. Here's an overview of savvy locker room design strategies.
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Fully Furnished: The Right Furnishings Bring Park Space Together

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Fully Furnished: The Right Furnishings Bring Park Space Together

By Deborah Vence

Site furnishings are essential to any park. Choosing the right materials and colors is especially important to ensure that you have the right balance for your site.
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Smart Strategies for Outdoor Aquatics: Design Guidance for New & Updated Outdoor Aquatic Facilities

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Smart Strategies for Outdoor Aquatics: Design Guidance for New & Updated Outdoor Aquatic Facilities

By Joe Bush

There are ways to plan outdoor facilities to fit your budget—making space for additions for when more money is available, programming to generate revenue and maximizing space in the design.
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Better, Stronger, Healthier: 2022 Trends in Collegiate Sports Facility Design

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Better, Stronger, Healthier: 2022 Trends in Collegiate Sports Facility Design

By Kelli Ra Anderson

From well-heeled locker rooms and practice facilities to stadiums and arenas that improve the gameday experience for everyone, designers are on top of the latest trends in sports facility design.
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Aquatics for Everyone: Natatoriums Meet a Range of Community Needs

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Aquatics for Everyone: Natatoriums Meet a Range of Community Needs

By Deborah Vence

As the will to get healthy and stay fit continues to grow, so has the appeal of natatoriums to reap all the benefits—both physical and mental—of working out and relaxing in the water.
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News & Events

Recent Industry News

Recreation Management Magazine

The May 2022 issue of Recreation Management features our annual Guide to Aquatic Design, with expert input on the latest in design for outdoor aquatic facilities, natatoriums and renovations. In the main issue, we take a closer look at how landscape design unites the needs of people and planet, as well as collegiate sports facility design, and community recreation and wellness center design.

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2022 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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2021 State of the Industry

Find out the latest trends in managed recreation, sports and fitness facilities. We surveyed more than 1,4000 industry professionals and summarized their responses in this annual must-read report.

STATE OF THE INDUSTRY REPORT