• 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.

  • Tennis Club Members Rally to Revitalize Clay Courts

    by Allison Ward, The Columbus Dispatch June 2015

    When he first visited Champions Tennis Club 10 years ago, Steve Cordova took one look at the North Side courts and left. The new resident of nearby Westerville wanted to join a tennis club in the area, but he didn't have unkempt grounds and untidy clay courts like those at Champions in mind.

  • 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.