• Fenced-In Synthetic Turf Riles Neighbors

    by Debbie Kelley May 2014

    Frank and Sandy Rakoczy gaze out their window and sigh. A tall chain-link fence topped with barbed wire stares back. "It's not an attractive-looking thing," Nancy says, shaking her head. Workers from Performance Recreation in Pueblo have removed the sod from the athletic field at Eagleview Middle School in Rockrimmon, as they prepare the ground for artificial turf. It's the new status quo for schools in Academy School District 20.

  • Plastic Bottle Initiative Helping to Green Athletic Facilities

    by Emily Attwood May 2014

    For years, Americans have been encouraged to decrease our consumption of bottled water and use reusable beverage containers, cutting down on the number of plastic bottles that end up in landfills. Despite the efforts of various sustainability campaigns, the Beverage Marketing Corporation reported that bottled water consumption reached an all-time high in 2012 when Americans consumed 9.7 million gallons of water, 65 percent of that in the form of single-use disposable bottles.

  • UW Students Decry Simultaneous Rec Center Closings

    by By Pat Schneider , The Capital Times May 2014

    Student leaders at UW-Madison say athletic department officials did not disclose the full picture of their plans for campus facilities when students threw their support behind a March referendum that approved a $223 million upgrade of recreational sports facilities.

  • Park District Quick to Pay Down Debt on YMCA Purchase

    by Mick Zawislak May 2014

    Developer contributions from a new residential project underway on Route 45 will allow the Vernon Hills Park District to make an early payment on a $2 million loan from the village.

  • Rec Study: Residents Willing to Pay for Facilities, Offerings

    by Jennifer Berry Hawes; May 2014

    This is a community of highly active recreation users willing to pay higher taxes and fees, especially for athletic facilities and youth sports and they want offerings bolstered rather than cut, a new report shows.

  • Storage Space Crucial to Any Rec or Fitness Facility

    by Jerry Burke May 2014

    “Not enough storage” is a frequent lament of recreation center operators. I feel for them. I’ve watched countless owners embark on new construction projects determined to avoid this situation, only to go down the same road as their peers. What happens is, you hit the limit on the amount of space you think you can build under their budget. The owners then look at the plan and try to expand their usable program space by cutting back on their storage space, rather than add to the footprint to keep their desired amount of program space and maintain their corresponding storage needs.

  • Shuttered Elementary School Eyed as Youth Sports Park


    The shuttered Riverdale Elementary site is being eyed by Anaheim city officials as a potential park that would likely be used by youth sports leagues across the city. The City Council last week agreed to launch negotiations with Orange Unified School District, which is asking at least $15.9 million for the 11.5-acre swath of land in Anaheim Hills. Money from the property sales will go toward school improvements in the district, which includes Anaheim, Orange and Garden Grove.

  • How to Plan for Future Campus Rec Facility Expansion

    by Colleen McKenna April 2014

    When contemplating aging facilities, architects and facility operators across the country often ask the same question: "What were they thinking? There is no room to expand!"

  • Successful Project Design Borne of Strong Relationships

    by Ralph Agostinelli April 2014

    School and sports administrators embarking on their first-ever capital project are sometimes surprised to learn how much architecture firms resemble other types of corporations. From the moment the architect steps in front of the building committee, making a pitch while brandishing renderings in watercolor, the image is of the architect as artist, driving this misreading of design firms.

  • College Rec Race: Then and Now

    by Super User April 2014

    In the April issue of Athletic Business, we took a look at how current trends in college recreation compared to those 15 years ago, when AB teamed up with architectural firm RDG of Des Moines, Iowa, to address design and operation needs. Check out the full article here.

    Demand for recreation and fitness spaces has only increased since 1999, and colleges have been struggling to keep up. After more than 30 years of falling behind, students at the University of Wisconsin voted 12,070 to 1,914 to approve a segregated fee increase that will fund a $223 million renovation of its facilities. Below is a breakdown of how their current amenities compare to their Big Ten counterparts.


    Click the chart below to compare how space for fitness is currently allocated in facilities across the Big Ten:


    Universities haven't been sitting idle these past few years. Check out this rundown of the major campus rec construction in the Big Ten: