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  • Rec Center Playground Blaze Causes $31K in Damages

    by Andy Berg June 2017

    Authorities are investigating a fire that destroyed a playground Wednesday at a St. Paul, Minn., recreation center.

    According to a report from the Star Tribune, the fire at the Baker Recreation Center caused an estimated $25,000 damage to the structure itself, and an additional $6,000 damage to a nearby building. Only metal parts of the playground’s play structure were left standing after the fire had been extinguished. The playground was a total loss but no one was hurt in the fire. 

    The official cause of the blaze was undetermined, but St. Paul fire marshall, Steve Zacard, told the Tribune the fire was “suspicious,” noting that it was “surprising” how quickly the flames grew.

    A spokeswoman for the parks department, Clara Cloyd, said the city has filed a claim with its insurance company and plans to rebuild the playground.

  • New Product Roundup: Aquatic Safety, Fitness Equipment and More

    by AB Staff June 2017

    Check out the newest products as seen in the June 2017 issue.

  • $60M Budget Cuts Result in Lost Hours, Jobs at MU

    by Courtney Cameron June 2017

    The University of Missouri is reducing on-campus facility hours and staff in an effort to address nearly $60 million in budget cuts for the fiscal year 2018. The cuts are expected to reach into Mizzou's student recreation center, and beyond.

  • Branding the Campus Recreation Center

    by Erik Kocher June 2017

    We live in a branded world. The things we eat, the things we wear, the things we drive are all branded. From Rolex to Jaguar and IKEA to Kia, it is nearly impossible to escape branding. However, one place that we often do not see branding is in recreation centers or municipal community centers. Collegiate athletic facilities and many professional sports venues have led the way with institutional branding, and we are now seeing the concept of branding take hold in college recreation centers.

  • New Projects: Mercedes-Benz Stadium | USI Physical Activities Center | Finley Center

    by Courtney Cameron June 2017

    Breaking Ground

    The University of Southern Indiana has broken ground on a $27 million expansion and renovation of the existing Physical Activities Center (PAC) that includes a new 4,200-seat multipurpose arena. The facility, by CannonDesign of St. Louis, will be home to the university's basketball and volleyball programs, while providing needed space for convocation, campus concerts and other events. Included in the initial phase of the project are a new kinesiology lab, a hall of fame, several classrooms, locker rooms and an athletic training room.

  • New Product Roundup: Cardio Equipment | Pool Shells | Bleacher Wraps

    by Courtney Cameron June 2017

    Check out the newest products as seen in the July | August 2017 issue.

    Precor
    The new Spinner® Chrono™ and Chrono Power bikes are the latest introductions to the Spinner family of indoor cycles. The Chrono Power provides direct-power measurement at the power source, delivering the most accurate measurement of personal performance on an indoor cycle. The breakthrough design eliminates the need for batteries in either the console or power sensor, instead utilizing a self-powered generator to store energy and supply current to the console. A new backlit color console supports SpinPOWER® programming and features an easy-to-use interface showing watts, cadence, heart rate, time, distance and 10 different interval settings. The aluminum-framed bike also includes a patent-pending magnetic resistance system to apply resistance more evenly.
    www.precor.com
    (800) 786-8404


    Sports Laundry Systems
    Sports Laundry Systems® combines freestanding, high-speed washer-extractors with ozone injection and high-performance drying tumblers to perfectly fit athletic laundry production and disinfection needs. Systems complete more laundry in less time; cut water, energy and detergent usage; save utility and chemical costs; and ensure items are properly washed according to preprogramed settings, exactly matching fabric recommendations.
    www.sportslaundrysystems.com
    (800) 256-1073


    RenoSys
    Custom logos are now available for placement within the RenoSys PVC pool shell. Aquatic facilities can upgrade their PVC pool shell renovation with a school team logo, athletic club logo or similar custom logo design. Custom logos can be made to virtually any size and shape. They are crafted from a 60-millimeter, custom-textured and reinforced PVC material, and applied on-site to make pools watertight. PVC pool shell membrane installations offer a solution to effectively contain water, seal structural cracks and solve problems such as leaks or rough concrete. PVC pool shells with custom logos provide a high-end look with a textured, nonabrasive, slip-resistant surface that is pore-free for ease of maintenance.
    www.renosys.com
    800-783-7005


    Kay Park Recreation
    New customizable bleacher wraps by Kay Park are a multifunctional way to display school spirit in any spectator venue. Customizable bleacher wraps block views of unsightly trash that falls beneath bleachers and prevent children from climbing under bleachers, while also providing a place for extra storage. Bleacher wraps are made of heavy-duty, printable mesh fabric with durable grommets to attach to the bleacher frame.
    www.kaypark.com
    (800) 553-2476


    Colorado Time Systems
    Colorado Time Systems, a PlayCore company, has introduced the second-generation WaterFit bicycle. The WaterFit Series product line includes underwater bicycles, treadmills and trampolines. Each product is designed specifically to withstand a harsh pool environment and rigorous exercise routines. Key enhancements to the WaterFit bicycle include reduced weight (30.9 pounds or 14.0 kilograms), rear wheels for ease of placement and removal, and a removable base for compact storage.
    www.coloradotime.com
    (800) 279-0111

     


    Life Fitness
    Life Fitness' new Integrity Series cardio line includes a treadmill, elliptical cross-trainer, and upright and recumbent Lifecycle exercise bikes. The Integrity Series is designed and revamped for facilities requiring robust cardio equipment that is simple and intuitive for exercisers. The line allows facilities to choose their preferred product configuration when prioritizing price and features. The Integrity Series is available in three product models with two console options for each machine. Both consoles offer wireless connectivity to enable customers to take advantage of LFconnect, a digital solution that allows for equipment monitoring, tracking and asset management.
    www.lifefitness.com
    (800) 527-6065


    This article originally appeared in the July | August 2017 issue of Athletic Business with the title "New & Improved." Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

     

  • How To Get Branding Input From Stakeholders

    by Courtney Cameron June 2017

    In the expanding marketplace of recreational fitness, branding becomes an important part of an entity's business vision and vision of self. How can you get consumers to not only identify your brand, but identify with your brand? From public-access idea walls to stakeholder retreats, companies are exploring the many available mechanisms for finding out what the consumer wants — and what they want to be. Branding is more than just a marketing strategy; it's a celebration of space and identity that culminates in an immersive experience for the end user.

  • New Projects: Dickies Arena | ULM’s Brown Stadium | Atlanta United Headquarters

    by Courtney Cameron June 2017

    Breaking Ground

  • Soil Report Complicates Rec Center Renovations

    by Courtney Cameron June 2017

    Planned renovations for the recreation center in Louisville, Colo., were complicated by a soil report, released Friday by Ground Engineering of Denver, that outlined the potential for significant subsidence and shifting soil on the chosen site.

  • Virginia Town Council Mulls Athletic Complex Proposal

    by Yann Ranaivo May 2017

    More details are emerging on a major public project that promises to bolster the town 's recreational and athletic opportunities and enhance its standing as one of the New River Valley's retail and dining destinations. The Christiansburg Town Council recently got another look at a conceptual plan for the Truman Wilson property along Peppers Ferry Road, just west of the town's North Franklin Street retail corridor.