• AB Survey: Public Recreation Security

    by AB Staff July 2015

    Athletic Business hopes to compile data regarding security practices in the public recreation industry and share the results in an upcoming issue of Athletic Business magazine.

  • Residents, Leaders Surprised by Rec Center's Closure

    by Henri Gendreau, The Columbus Dispatch June 2015

    The sign was posted earlier this month behind the caged front door of the popular community recreation center in South Linden: "ATTENTION: Douglas Recreation Center is temporarily closed. ... The Center will be closed for approximately 10 months." It was a message that blindsided more than a few residents and community leaders.

  • Central Florida Rec Center Clarifies Shirt Policy

    by Stuart Goldman June 2015

    The University of Central Florida Recreation and Wellness Center (RWC) addressed its shirt policy after some male students were wearing “Y-back” tank tops in the center.

  • 2015 Showcase by the Numbers

    by AB Staff June 2015

    Wondering what the spread of this year's submissions looks like? Projects in the college market dominated, offering a healthy array of athletic, fitness and recreation endeavors. As far as design, an overarching theme across all markets was creating a sense of place through the use of grand and welcoming entrances and atriums, often featuring abundant glass and skylights.

  • New Projects: Foley Sports Tourism Complex | IU Natatorium

    by Emily Attwood June 2015

    Breaking Ground

    The Rockford Park District and Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau have broken ground on the Downtown Sports Complex, (above) the latest phase in the Illinois city's Reclaiming First initiative, which aims to revitalize sports tourism in the area. The complex will redevelop an old manufacturing building into a 100,000-square-foot court facility designed to host basketball, volleyball, wrestling, pickleball and other events. Designed by Sink Combs Dethlefs of Chicago, Ill., the $30 million project also includes renovations to the city's outdoor athletic complexes, Sportscore One and Sportscore Two, as well as the city's Indoor Sports Complex. The Downtown Sports Complex is expected to open in June 2016, as are five lighted multipurpose turf fields and an indoor soccer field at Sportscore Two. 

  • The Market for Public Recreation Projects Is Rebounding

    by Emily Attwood June 2015

    Two years ago, the public recreation submissions to the Architectural Showcase could be divided into two distinct categories: those costing more than $5 million and those costing less. All but one of the facilities in the former category are located in Canada.

  • Storm Destroys $20K Shade Structures at YMCA

    by Daily News Staff, Naples Daily News June 2015

    The Greater Naples YMCA was damaged severely in the Thursday evening storm that came through Naples, YMCA officials said in an email.

  • Wellness Facilities Can Inspire Campus Rec Design

    by Tom Seymour and Anita Picozzi Moran June 2015

    Obesity continues to be one of the top health challenges nationwide. U.S. employers report a clear impact in higher costs and lower productivity, with overweight employees costing companies more than $73 billion a year, according to a recent report by the Northeast Business Group on Health.

  • Duke Will Let Visiting Students Buy Gym Membership

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    Students visiting Duke University will now be able to buy memberships to recreational facilities after a university policy was overturned following an online petition.

  • Man Atop 80-Foot Light Pole Leads to Rec Facility Closures

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    Authorities had to close an aquatic center and cancel events at several recreation facilities in Surprise, Ariz., a suburb of Phoenix, on Thursday after a man climbed to the top of an 80-foot light pole at Surprise Recreational Field and refused to come down for more than three hours.