• Survey: Residents Favor Tax to Upgrade Rec Facilities

    by Mark Schantz, Clearwater Gazette May 2015

    Eighty percent of residents surveyed favor a property tax to fund improvements to city recreation and parks facilities, according to the consultant helping develop a master plan.

  • YMCA Streamlines Background Checks After Abduction

    by Ashley Morris, Star-News May 2015

    The Wilmington Family YMCA said it has changed the way it files and keeps track of volunteer background checks and information after a former volunteer basketball coach was recently arrested at Ogden Park on charges of felony child abduction and misdemeanor driving while under the influence.

  • 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.

  • Proposal Would Ease Zoning of Fitness Centers

    by Geoff Bruce, Brookfield Elm Grove Now May 2015

    The city of Brookfield Plan Commission recommended at its meeting Monday night that a large number of present and potential future health clubs and fitness centers in the city will no longer be considered intensive uses.

  • Child's Injury Raises Questions About Rec Center Oversight

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    A Georgia mother is upset after she says her child was injured while playing on faulty equipment at a county recreation center. 

    Hilary Logan’s 11 year-old son J.J. was playing near a foam pit at the Tucker Recreation Center in DeKalb County when he fell into the foam pit and bumped his head. 

  • New Projects: Wehrle Innovation Center | Maryland Heights Community Center

    by Emily Attwood May 2015

    Breaking Ground

    The University of Charleston breaks ground this month on its Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center (above), named to reflect a $5 million contribution from the namesakes' memorial foundation. Designed by Associated Architects of Charleston, W.V., the $15.5 million project is the final piece of a $100 million campus renovation project undertaken over the past decade. Phase one will replace the existing Eddie King Gym with a new arena featuring stadium-style seating, new concessions and a walking track. Phase two will renovate the aquatic and auxiliary gymnasium areas, add racquetball courts and a climbing wall, and link the new addition to the existing fitness center. The center will also house programming space for developing innovative projects and promoting entrepreneurship.

  • YMCA Takeover of Senior Center Slowed by Citizen Input

    by AB Staff May 2015

    The question isn't if the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region will take over operation of the Colorado Springs Senior Center - it's when, a Colorado Springs official said Wednesday. But to that point, expect more time spent transitioning than first expected.

  • Fitness Programming Trends at Prominent College Rec Centers

    by Stuart Goldman May 2015

    Take a stroll through Downtown Brewer at the University of Missouri's Student Recreation Complex, also known as MizzouRec. Just like a real downtown where stores come and go, you'll see two new storefronts in Downtown Brewer that opened this year: Clark's Boxing Gym and Stalcup's Garage.

  • Design Details: New Use for Repurposed Basketball Floor

    by Paul Steinbach May 2015

    Several athletic facilities have taken hardwood from dismantled gymnasium floors and found new uses for it, but few have gotten as much mileage out of the concept as Delaware State University's Wellness and Recreation Center.

  • Biometrics Gaining Steam in College Rec Centers

    by April 2015

    Modernizing existing athletic facilities has become a priority for many colleges and universities as they compete for the all-important student dollar. Campus recreation centers in particular have evolved into recruiting anchors for those schools, but despite consistent investments in facility amenities, many rec centers have been slow to replace their older access-control methods with more modern options like biometrics, which matches finger, hand or iris scanning with a member's profile.