• YMCA Streamlines Background Checks After Abduction

    by Ashley Morris, Star-News May 2015

    The Wilmington Family YMCA said it has changed the way it files and keeps track of volunteer background checks and information after a former volunteer basketball coach was recently arrested at Ogden Park on charges of felony child abduction and misdemeanor driving while under the influence.

  • Video Helps Police ID Man Who Exposed Himself at Gym

    by Ashlee Rezin May 2015

    A North Side man is accused of exposing himself to two teenage girls and masturbating last month at a YMCA in north suburban Evanston.

  • Keys Checked, Fan Gets Gun Past Amalie Arena Security

    by Mike Salinero, Tribune staff May 2015

    Fans attending Thursday's Tampa Bay Lightning playoff game against the Montreal Canadiens faced delays entering Amalie Arena after a man brought a handgun into the center Wednesday night.

  • Landing Zones Around Climbing Walls Get Their Due

    by Emily Attwood April 2015

    Climbing walls have become nearly as common as recreation centers on college campuses across the country, and the prevalence of public facilities dedicated to the sport has led to a generation of climbers for whom the walls and facilities built a decade ago just aren't cutting it any more. As facility operators look to revamp their existing walls to appeal to a more discerning consumer base — or to merely add the amenity — they're thinking more about the various aspects of a functional climbing destination.

  • Park Increasing Security Patrols During Summer

    by Rachel Alexander April 2015

    When Riverfront Park tested 24/7 security coverage for about six weeks last summer, the cost to repair vandalism dropped from $44 to less than $13 per day.

  • Coach Accused of Gunfire During Game Surrenders

    by Vinny Vella, Daily News Staff Writer April 2015

    A Delaware County man accused of shooting more than hoops during a weekend basketball game in Kingsessing claims that his gunfire was in self-defense.

  • Coach Fires Gun at Opposing Coach at Philly Rec Center

    by Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer April 2015

    A 26-year-old basketball coach fired at another coach during a teenage basketball game Saturday afternoon at a Southwest Philadelphia recreation center, police said.

  • Tennessee House: Guns OK in Any Local Park

    by Richard Locker, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee) March 2015

    The state House of Representatives approved a bill Monday night that would allow people with handgun-carry permits to go armed in any local park in Tennessee, regardless of local ordinances banning them.

  • Organized Fights at Sports Complex Concern Residents

    by Laura Godlewski, Athletic Business Intern March 2015

    Residents in a Mississippi town are concerned about their safety and that of other park-users after a planned fight occurred at a sports complex, leading to the arrests of four women. 

    On March 6, police arrived at Goldin Sports Complex in Gulfport to find a large group of people brawling. The crowd dispersed once police arrived, however footage the fight was posted on various social media sites, which allowed police to identify the four women who were primarily involved. 

  • Packing Activists Rally Against 'Gun-Free Zone' in Parks

    by MORGAN ZALOT; Daily News Staff Writer March 2015

    The specter of people openly toting guns several yards from a kids' jungle gym isn't something you see every day.