Safe Handling

Understanding the proper use and storage of these chemicals ensures a safe and hazard free experience for the operators of swimming pools and spas. more »

Photos: Shawn Donais, MN DNR

A Pit Stop For Paddlers

In 2009, the Minnesota DNR completed a master plan for the Ottertail River. Part of that study concluded that an 8-mile stretch of the river was not navigable into Fergus Falls because no canoe/kayak access existed above Central Dam. more »

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Aging Facilities

In the 1980s and ‘90s there was a surge of water park projects and attractions across the United States that catered to public demands for fun; these facilities went beyond common rectangular swimming pools as places to beat the heat. more »

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Photos: Raj Hajela, East Bay Regional Park District

Reeling With Memorable Moments

On a beautiful day in mid-May, the boys couldn’t stop horsing around. Running on the soft sand close to the lake’s edge and shoving each other playfully, they just couldn’t stay still. more »

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Photos: Al Fleming, MWR Marketing Coordinator, Naval Station Great Lakes

Train To Be A Champion

The Naval Station Great Lakes’ Warrior Zone, designed for functional fitness and high-intensity training, opened in November 2014 to meet the needs of its military personnel. more »

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Shaping The Future Through Aquatics

Organizers announce early registration is available on April 1 for the 2015 World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC), offering a savings when registering by June 1. more »

Keeping Your Pools Drought-Proof

Below are some tips for pool professionals to help keep the water quality at its best and reduce the need of unnecessary or excessive pool draining. more »

Get A Paddle Grant

Today, the 2015 Paddle Nation Grant Program opened. Those interested can apply by April 13. more »

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / HighwayStarz

Intergenerational Programming

Intergenerational programming includes activities designed to bring together individuals of different ages to promote interaction. More specifically, IP is designed to connect youth to older adults. more »

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Photos: Jennifer Skulski

The Right To Go

As the mandates of the ADA roll along the line of responsibility, they eventually stop at the local level. According to Skulski, it behooves local departments to be familiar with the ADA and know where to research answers. more »


Photos: Provided by Talley Landscape Architects, Inc.

Striking A Happy Chord

What once was an unsightly, utilitarian detention basin dividing two areas of a suburban community has now become a beautiful, ecologically healthy park that draws residents outdoors, fosters neighborliness, and inspires others in the region to visit more »

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Photo: George J. Donovan AIA & Associates

LBWA--Clear The Air

So you’ve finished painting that big activity room in the community center—it has that “new paint smell” so all the users will know somebody cares about this facility, but is that smell really a good thing? more »


Photos: Courtesy of East Bay Regional Park District

Pour Performance

By 2012 the waterfall was in poor condition, and water flow had diminished to a trickle. A major renovation would be required to restore the historic waterfall to its original flow and capacity. more »

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Photos: Shelley Mitchell

Calling All Campers!

Here is a look at some of the avenues we pursue to find ideas for programs: more »


Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / stokkete

Captivate An Audience

We can use all of these games, apps, and websites, which hold kids’ attention for hours on end, as inspiration. more »


Photo: Bill O’Neill

Trails Go Digital

It was decided that the new printing would also include an “upgrade,” with an online version and one that can be viewed on a smartphone while on the trails and pathways, including interactive maps with GPS capabilities to track a hiker’s progress. more »

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Photos Courtesy of David Mellor

LBWA -- Sports-Field Mowing Excellence

Parks and recreation maintenance crews tasked with mowing sports fields often have choices: just get the basic job done and mow the turf at least once a week—twice in heavy growing seasons, if they’re lucky; or move the mowing to a higher plane. more »


ASBA Honors Distinguished Sports Facilities

Forest Hill, MD – The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced the winners of its annual awards. Awards are presented each year to facilities more »

Cleaning Restrooms

For most property managers, the number-one complaint from building users is the condition of restrooms. In a park and recreation center, the bathrooms also become the one area that takes the most time to clean and maintain. more »

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Frozen Memories

Installing a seasonal rink is easy, affordable and conducive to great times. more »

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