• Commissioner Outlines Plan for Fields, Courts and More

    by Sam Sentelle December 2016

    A new, 30,000-square-foot community center is planned for Valley Park in the present parking area between Putnam Commons and the Waves of Fun water park.

  • Fitness Clubs Under Scrutiny for Payment Practices

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    The Minnesota-based Life Time Fitness health club, a subsidiary of the Healthy Way of Life Company, has agreed to pay $976,458 in back wages and liquidated damages after a federal investigation found club practices to be in violation of minimum wage requirements outlined by the Fair Labor Standards Act. An announcement Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Labor said the amount will be paid out to 16,000 employees in 26 states.

  • Six Reasons to Choose Modular Tile Sports Flooring

    by Paul Steinbach November 2016

    The Bethlehem Area YMCA in Delmar, N.Y., came into being following the conversion of a former two-sheet ice arena. One rink was converted to pool and gym spaces, and the arena's restaurant/bar and arcade were converted into a wellness facility. One rink remained, but it would begin seeing semiannual conversions of its own beginning four years ago.

  • Baltimore Unveils New UA House Rec Center

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    On Tuesday, Under Armor CEO Kevin Plank unveiled the new UA House at Fayette, a recreation and community center in East Baltimore. The UA House project started with a revitalization of the former Carmelo Anthony Center, and has grown into a center for creative learning and innovation offering a recording studio, design lab, yoga and dance studio and other classrooms, workforce development and entrepreneurship center, and gymnasium. The entire project took 336 days to complete.

  • Rec Center Architect to Study Residents' Suggestions

    by Aleese Kopf November 2016

    The town of Palm Beach has spent the past three weeks revising designs for a new recreation center, but the tweaking isn't over yet.

  • AB Show 2016: Dr. Phillips Y Sets Examples for All

    by Paul Steinbach November 2016

    Executive director Ryan Smith calls Dr. Phillips YMCA a “very unique Y,” and 28 attendees got a sense of its stand-out nature Wednesday the instant they got off a tour bus from the 2016 AB Show in Orlando. Its arched entryway, massive front desk and specialty-food retail spaces communicate an upscale vibe, but Smith assured the visitors that this Y is for everyone. “Our focus is being a hub to the community,” he said, as the tour began in a first-floor conference room used by the local Rotary Club. “Gone are the days of having to be a member to enter a Y.”

  • New Projects: Springville Aquatic Center | VillaSport Athletic Club | Berylson Football Complex

    by Emily Attwood November 2016

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  • Revised Rec Center Plan Calls for Scaled-Back Space

    by Aleese Kopf November 2016

    A slimmed-down version of Palm Beach's proposed new recreation center seems to have brought many people on board with the project, but a core group of residents still oppose the plan. The town and its architect Nelo Freijomel presented revised designs for the proposed Morton and Barbara Mandel Community Center during a community forum Tuesday night. Freijomel said his revisions took into account residents' concerns about outdoor space, building size, an indoor basketball court and the interior layout. The new plan keeps all 100,642 square feet of the existing outdoor green space. The indoor basketball court is smaller so the town can keep about half of the existing outdoor court. The building is about 25 percent smaller, including the second-floor fitness center, which was reduced from 5,700 square feet to 3,600 square feet.

  • Public Meeting to Discuss Colorado Springs Sports Complex

    by AB Staff November 2016

    The complex, in the works since last year, would offer a public space for playing sports such as baseball, softball and soccer. Residents voiced support for a new sports facility when the City's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services master plan was last updated in 2014, officials said.

  • AB Show 2016: A Recreation Rundown

    by Emily Attwood November 2016

    An abundance of sunshine made up for the slight chill in the air as AB Show attendees boarded the bus to University of Central Florida. Undeterred by the 7:30 am start time, the mix of tourists hailed from as far as Hawaii (5 hours behind) and Taipei (13 hours behind!) and was excited to see what Central Florida had to offer.