• New Recreation Center Attracts Thousands of Members

    by Mechelle Hankerson July 2017

    From Kempsville's opening on June 29 through July 6, 5,665 people joined city rec centers. In the same week last summer, the city sold 3,714 memberships, parks and rec spokeswoman Julie Braley said.

  • Council Mulls $1.2M for Recreation Improvements

    by Jacob Tierney July 2017

    Greensburg Council next month will decide whether to borrow $1.2 million to improve its recreation facilities, including a major overhaul of Veterans' Memorial Pool at Lynch Field. As part of the same deal, the city could refinance its existing debt, saving an estimated $120,000 and bringing the total to $8.5 million.

  • Wisconsin Seeks Contractor for $96.5M Rec Facility

    by Alex Zank July 2017

    The state is looking for a general contractor to build a new Southeast Recreational Facility at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a project that carries a $96.5 million price tag. Wisconsin’s Department of Administration recently posted an advertisement soliciting bids from both general contractors and mechanical, electrical and plumbing subs. According to bid documents, the work will include demolishing the existing 170,145-gross-square-foot recreational center and replacing it on the same site with a 240,560-gross-square-foot building. The new center will remain connected to a nearby arena, the LaBahn, using a skywalk.

  • Detroit Partners with Schools to Double Rec Centers

    by Andy Berg July 2017

    Detroit is set to more than double the city’s public rec centers this summer.

    A partnership between the city of Detroit and Detroit Public Schools Community District will grow the number of public rec centers, which serve children ages 6 to 17, from 11 to 27 locations.

    Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said the new rec centers are an important part of revitalizing the area.

    “Detroiters all remember when rec centers across this city shut down,” Duggan said in a joint statement with the DPSCD. “If we are going to build a stronger Detroit, we’ve got to focus on creating safe spaces for our youth and opportunities for them to be successful.”

    Detroit shut down 16 recreation centers due to funding cuts from 2006-2013. In order to provide more recreation opportunities for Detroit children this summer, the city approached DPS officials about partnering to provide Detroit youth more options more quickly. The cost of the five-week program is approximately $625,000 or about $40,000 per location for the summer. 

    “When the mayor's team approached us with this concept we moved with a sense of urgency to ensure that as many students as possible continued to have access to a safe and productive learning environment while parents and caregivers work over the summer,” said DPSCD Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti in a statement. “I believe this is the first of many partnerships between the city and school district to better utilize and share resources to support our students and communities.”

    The 16 new locations will be called “Summer Fun Centers.” Those centers will be in addition to the existing 11 traditional recreation centers. The city has hired 190 “Play Leaders” and supervisory staff to provide adult oversight and structure to the programming. 

    After the five-week pilot has ended, the City and DPSCD will evaluate the approach as a possible long-term solution toward filling the recreation center gap that has existed in many neighborhoods for more than a decade.

  • Rec Facility Planning: How to Design for Diversity

    by Stephen Springs July 2017

    In previous posts, I wrote about six factors that impact recreation facility design: the importance of holistic planningthe drive for self-sufficiencythe impact of sharing spacesnever-ending technology demands, generational changesand the importance of offering healthcare options. The seventh and final factor — embracing a culture of ethnic diversity — also might be the most important one, considering the divides that exist in the United States today.

  • Top 10 Cities for Recreation in 2017

    by Andy Berg July 2017

    Top 10 Cities for Recreation

    Source: WalletHub

  • Stunning UNC Greensboro Plaza Serves as Bioswale

    by Paul Steinbach July 2017

    The entry plaza to the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness at the University of North Carolina Greensboro is not only beautiful but hard-working.

  • Rec Center Playground Blaze Causes $31K in Damages

    by Andy Berg June 2017

    Authorities are investigating a fire that destroyed a playground Wednesday at a St. Paul, Minn., recreation center.

    According to a report from the Star Tribune, the fire at the Baker Recreation Center caused an estimated $25,000 damage to the structure itself, and an additional $6,000 damage to a nearby building. Only metal parts of the playground’s play structure were left standing after the fire had been extinguished. The playground was a total loss but no one was hurt in the fire. 

    The official cause of the blaze was undetermined, but St. Paul fire marshall, Steve Zacard, told the Tribune the fire was “suspicious,” noting that it was “surprising” how quickly the flames grew.

    A spokeswoman for the parks department, Clara Cloyd, said the city has filed a claim with its insurance company and plans to rebuild the playground.

  • New Product Roundup: Aquatic Safety, Fitness Equipment and More

    by AB Staff June 2017

    Check out the newest products as seen in the June 2017 issue.

  • $60M Budget Cuts Result in Lost Hours, Jobs at MU

    by Courtney Cameron June 2017

    The University of Missouri is reducing on-campus facility hours and staff in an effort to address nearly $60 million in budget cuts for the fiscal year 2018. The cuts are expected to reach into Mizzou's student recreation center, and beyond.