• Advisory Board Approves Rec Center Plan

    by Aleese Kopf March 2017

    The business plan for the proposed Palm Beach recreation center narrowly passed inspection Wednesday from the Recreation Advisory Commission. The board voted 4-3 to approve the plan, which even with conservative projections shows the town saving money each year on what it costs to subsidize the center. But some board members questioned the projections for staffing levels, the number of fitness center passes to be sold and revenue from general programming. Ken Ballard of Ballard, King & Associates of Highlands Ranch, Colo., the firm that prepared the business plan, projects that under conservative assumptions, the town would pay about $13,000 a year less to run the new recreation center compared to the existing center.

  • Proposed $65M Community Center Moves Forward

    by Lincoln Wright February 2017

    It's being called an "unprecedented community collaboration." Officials confirmed Wednesday that the Elkhart Health, Fitness, Aquatics and Community Center will become a reality.

  • U. of Nevada Unveils E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center

    by Jason Scott February 2017

    Last week, more than 200 students were on hand to be among the first to get a workout in at the University of Nevada, Reno’s $47.5 million E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center.

  • 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.