• Memphis Students Dismayed by Rec Center Delay

    by Jennifer Pignolet February 2017

    President David Rudd announced Sunday he was delaying plans for the new University of Memphis rec center by 18 months and sending it back for redesign to include the existing facility, first built in 1971.

  • Blog: Southeast Recreation Facility Core Design Values

    by John Horn February 2017

    You’re about to sit down and design a university recreation center. But where do you start?

    With the Southeast Recreation Facility (SERF), we felt the best place to start was to create a list of our core design values by holding discussions with our key stakeholders. This included our own staff, students (lots and lots of students), paying members, intercollegiate athletics (for the competition pool), and the community. We have used the list below as a guide in every design workshop to make sure we keep our values and priorities aligned.

  • YMCA Expands to Offer 230,000 Sq. Ft. of Fitness Space

    by Lisa Knodel February 2017

    The Countryside YMCA has three new studios to offer expanded class offerings, including a spinning studio, quiet studio for programs like yoga and Pilates, and a new, larger studio for aerobic and strength training classes.

  • Public Rec Centers Typically Don't Turn Profit in Ohio

    by Alissa Widman February 2017

    Last year's most successful city-owned center in a Franklin County suburb, in Westerville, Ohio, recouped just 77 percent of its operating expenses, according to data provided by city officials.

  • UNF Osprey Brand Embodied in Building Form

    by Paul Steinbach February 2017

    Recreation centers can communicate a college's brand better than most campus buildings — a concept that takes full flight in the design of the University of North Florida's Student Wellness Complex.

  • JCC Evacuated After Bomb Threat, Others Threatened

    by Taylor W. Anderson and Bob Mims February 2017

    A bomb threat that police later deemed fake forced evacuation of Salt Lake City's I.J. & Jeanncc Wagner Jewish Community Center on Tuesday morning, one of a series of threats to Jewish centers nationwide. Groups tracking the threats say they target the Jewish community, with at least 17 confirmed bomb scares at centers Tuesday alone. Some Jewish Salt Lakers said the call to the JCC, which comes amid an uptick in threats nationally this year, has had an unsettling effect.

  • Ice Arena to Remain Open While Repair Funding Debated

    by Dayton Daily News January 2017

    The ice arena at the Kettering Recreation Center will remain open after the city spent more than a year studying the future of the arena and surveying residents.

  • Pool Remains Off Limits After Legionnaires Discovery

    by Delthia Ricks January 2017

    The pool and spa at a Garden City Park gym remain off-limits to patrons nearly a month after the bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease were found there.

  • Blog: Sharing Recreation Space with Other Programs

    by Stephen Springs January 2017

    In a previous post, I explained one of the top seven factors that are changing the form and function of recreation centers: holistic planning

    In this post, I'll discuss a second factor at play in planning and designing facilities, and that is programming and services. Forward-thinking planners are developing strategies for sharing services under the same roof, eliminating redundancies in current options and providing new opportunities that might otherwise not be possible in a single facility.

    Among the increasingly popular options are merging recreation centers and senior centers into multigenerational facilities, using the same spaces to create multiple-use facilities, and combining traditionally independent services, such as police operations and recreation programming.

  • New Product Roundup: RFID Locks | Cloud-Based Fitness | Aquatic Training

    by AB Staff January 2017

    Check out the newest products as seen in the January | February 2017 issue.