Aquatic Trends Report

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Aquatic Trends Report

By Emily Tipping

In our first summary report of Aquatic Trends, we surveyed nearly 1,000 aquatics professionals to find out more about the equipment and amenities found in their facilities, as well as programming, regulatory compliance, major challenges and issues, and much more.
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Playing the Field: Sports-Field Savvy to Make the Most of Your Investment

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Playing the Field: Sports-Field Savvy to Make the Most of Your Investment

By Deborah L. Vence

Whether you’re looking to build a field for baseball, soccer, football or lacrosse, and whether you’re opting for natural or synthetic turf, you need to ask a lot of questions up front to get the most out of your investment.
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Take It Year-Round: Structure Solutions to Protect Your Programs From Mother Nature

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Take It Year-Round: Structure Solutions to Protect Your Programs From Mother Nature

By Joseph Bush

Expanding access to swimming and sports programs often means constructing an enclosure to contain those programs during inclement weather. Alternative structure solutions make it simple.
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Expanding Access: Inclusion & Diversity Outreach Boosts Participation

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Expanding Access: Inclusion & Diversity Outreach Boosts Participation

By Dave Ramont

Access to parks and recreation—both places and programs—can improve a community’s health and cohesiveness. Here, we take a closer look at how park districts across the country are expanding access through outreach to underserved audiences.
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Plan to Recover: Disaster Recovery for Parks & Recreation Areas

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Plan to Recover: Disaster Recovery for Parks & Recreation Areas

By Deborah L. Vence

From wildfires to hurricanes and more, Mother Nature can do a lot of damage. Parks and recreation areas that are faced with natural disasters should have plans in place to recover smoothly.
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Challenge Minus Danger: Playground Advancements Help Children Experience Risk With Fewer Big Injuries

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Challenge Minus Danger: Playground Advancements Help Children Experience Risk With Fewer Big Injuries

By Chris Gelbach

The best playgrounds encourage kids to stretch beyond their comfort zone and take some risks—but they do it without compromising safety.
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Better Together: Partnerships for Program Success

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Better Together: Partnerships for Program Success

By Rick Dandes

They say two heads are better than one, and in the case of providing programs and services to the community, sometimes it pays to partner up with another organization.
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On the Front Lines, Making a Difference: Grassroots Efforts & Technology Aim to Prevent Drowning

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On the Front Lines, Making a Difference: Grassroots Efforts & Technology Aim to Prevent Drowning

By Dave Ramont

Drowning rates have been relatively flat for the past couple of decades, but grassroots organizations across the country, as well as innovative manufacturers, have been working toward solutions.
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Play It Safe: The Key Elements of Playground Safety Surfaces

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Play It Safe: The Key Elements of Playground Safety Surfaces

By Rick Dandes

Given that falls to the surface are the cause of most playground-related injuries and E.R. visits, understanding playground safety surfaces is crucial.
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Spread the Word: Boost Program Participation With Savvy Marketing

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Spread the Word: Boost Program Participation With Savvy Marketing

By Joe Bush

You don’t need a huge marketing budget to be effective at getting the public into your facilities and programs. You just need to take advantage of the tools at your disposal.
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Swim Toward Success: Growing Innovative Aquatic Programs

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Swim Toward Success: Growing Innovative Aquatic Programs

By Dave Ramont

Learn-to-swim is the foundation of most aquatic facilities, but to ensure you are earning revenues to cover your operations, it’s wise to expand your options.
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Find Your Fit: Fitness Equipment Goes Functional & Other Trends

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Find Your Fit: Fitness Equipment Goes Functional & Other Trends

By Deborah L. Vence

Functional fitness is all the rage, and fitness equipment manufacturers are providing new and innovative machines that can accommodate it. Here, we take a look at this and other trends in fitness equipment.
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Recreation Management Magazine

The February 2019 issue introduces our Aquatic Trends Report—an expansion of the annual State of the Industry Report, focusing specifically on trends in aquatic facilities. Inside the issue, we offer an overview of various ways parks organizations are addressing diversity and inclusion. We also dig deep for more information on sports field selection and maintenance, and take a closer look at alternative structure solutions, from tensioned fabric structures to yurts and more.

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2019 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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2018 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.

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