RECENT ARTICLES
  • Evolution of Playground Design, Partnerships, Funding

    by Adrian Benepe October 2014

    Editor's note: This story originally appeared in Parks & Playgrounds, a new supplement to Athletic Business. View the entire digital issue here.

    As soon as the weather warms up each year, many families flock to parks where their children can play and run around safely, interact with other children, cool off on the sprayground or simply enjoy being outside on a nice day.

  • Rethinking Playgrounds to Appeal to Today’s Generation

    by Greg Harrison October 2014

    Editor's note: This story originally appeared in Parks & Playgrounds, a new supplement to Athletic Business. View the entire digital issue here.

    If you close your eyes, you can conjure up all the awesome sounds of outdoor play: kids laughing, balls bouncing, swings squeaking and seesaws thumping. From kickball matches at school recess to summer days spent at the community playground, playing outside seems to be just another aspect of childhood we all take for granted. But according to the Alliance for Childhood, children now spend 50 percent less time in unstructured outdoor activities compared to the 1970s, and it seems there's a new report each week about our nation's sedentary lifestyle epidemic or the rising incidence of childhood obesity. Sadly, outdoor play is endangered, and unless we start thinking about it in a fresh way, generations of kids will miss out on this key ingredient of a healthy childhood.

  • Viral Video Ignites Change in San Francisco Park Policy

    by Michael Gaio October 2014

    Thanks to a viral video and an ensuing change of policy, teenagers in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood will no longer have to worry about being booted from their local public soccer field.

  • AB Survey: Tell Us About Your Rec Center

    by AB Editors October 2014

    How many basketball courts does your facility really need? Is racquetball still popular? Is anyone using your locker rooms?

  • Multipurpose Activity Courts Deliver Campus Rec Options

    by Paul Steinbach September 2014

    They are confined playing fields with near-limitless functionality. Since their rise to prominence on college campuses two decades ago, multipurpose activity courts have maintained their go-to status among both recreation facility designers and end-users looking to pack the most programming punch into one self-contained indoor space.

  • YMCA Opens Region's Largest Indoor Playground

    by Andrew Brandt September 2014

    If there's one phrase kids universally loathe, it's "Don't run indoors!" 

    The lucky kids of Bristol, Tenn., however, are going to be hearing those three words a lot less frequently.

  • Seattle Park Leaves Lights On to Curb Crime

    by Andrew Brandt September 2014

    During the day, a popular park in Seattle's Capitol Hill is full of family-fueled action. Once the sun sets, however, a different kind of activity takes over — crime.

  • 'Fitness Recess' Gets Grade-Schoolers Moving

    by Andrew Brandt September 2014

    Monkey bars? Slides? Swings? Not anymore.

    For one recess a day, kids in grades 4 through 6 at Pennsylvania intermediate schools Shallow Brook and Spring Forge participate in a "fitness recess."

  • Amendment Takes Virginia into New Concussion Terrain

    by Andrew Brandt September 2014

    The revisions to Virginia student-athlete concussion law this past spring seemed straightforward enough, but an overlooked amendment included in the law is catching some by surprise.

  • Boxing-Centered Facility Represents Shift in Recreation

    by Andrew Brandt September 2014

    A two-ring boxing center in Macon, Ga., will mark its opening with a 24-bout tournament, though most of its regular users may never land a punch.