• How Support Spaces Can Enhance Efficiency, Security, Growth and Branding

    by David Malushizky November 2016

    This article appeared in the October issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

  • Texas Tech Converts Racquetball Courts to Fitness Area

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    In keeping with the trend on college campuses of upcycling run-down or underused spaces to accommodate engaging fitness experiences, Texas Tech University has repurposed two of its original twelve racquetball courts into a 1600-square-foot functional fitness training facility.

  • Officials: New Rec Center Could Boost Local Economy

    by Erin Blasko November 2016

    ELKHART -- Officials here say a new $50 million to $60 million health, wellness and aquatics center would help advance efforts to revitalize the area east of downtown and provide a boost to the local economy.

  • Florida Rec Center Proposal Remains Divisive Issue

    by Aleese Kopf November 2016

    Although many residents support plans to rebuild the Palm Beach Recreation Center, several see it as an example of the town spending taxpayer dollars on an unwanted, over-sized building. As evidenced by dozens of letters and emails over the past two weeks, plus comment at three recent public meetings, many Palm Beachers are concerned, perhaps even angry about the proposal. They question why there's a rush to build a new facility, how it will be used, who will go there and if it will be financially sustainable. The town, its architect, Friends of Recreation board members and Recreation Advisory Commission members have tried to address those questions, but it seems a consensus hasn't been reached. Several people think the town is building a facility based on a "If you build it, they will come" concept. They say plans were drawn based on "hypothetical use," and not real evidence.

  • Community Dissent Puts Rec Center Plan on Pause

    by Aleese Kopf November 2016

    A recent groundswell of concern regarding plans for the new community center in Palm Beach has caused the town to pause, re-evaluate the design and get residents on the same page before moving forward.

  • Residents: Proposed Rec Center Swallows Green Space

    by Aleese Kopf October 2016

    The town's proposal for a new recreation center is too big and takes away too much green space, residents and Architectural Commission members told staff Wednesday. Recreation Director Beth Zickar and the town's team of architects appeared before the commission for the first time to seek approval to demolish the existing Palm Beach Recreation Center on Seaview Avenue and replace it with the Morton and Barbara Mandel Community Center. Commissioners approved demolition of the one-story, 12,000- square-foot structure built in 1985 but deferred architectural plans for the new two-story, 32,204-square-foot center. Commissioners, and dozens of residents, want the town to eliminate and/or reduce the size of the buildings, especially the gymnasium, and to keep a grass field on the north side of the property near the Seaview Avenue entrance.

  • District Approves $36M Sports Complex

    by Joie Tyrrell October 2016

    Residents of the Farmingdale school district voted to pass a $36 million bond to create Long Island's first community-focused public school sports complex and aquatic center.

  • Rec Center Set to Transform Community College

    by Teya Vitu October 2016

    The great outdoors is coming indoors for North Idaho College as construction proceeds in Coeur d’Alene on a $7.9 million, 30,000-square-foot student wellness and recreation center.

  • Designing Health and Wellness Space Into Rec Centers

    by Stephen Springs October 2016

    Last month, I wrote about ways in which the National Recreation and Park Association’s three pillars can be incorporated into the facility design process. Conservation was first; next, we’ll highlight design opportunities for health and wellness, NRPA’s second — and arguably most urgent ­­— pillar.

  • Youth Tournament Venue Goes Before Commission

    by Michael J. Williams October 2016

    The Inland area could become a destination for youth volleyball, basketball and other sports tournaments if a plan for a huge sports complex in Lake Elsinore is realized. The proposed Lake Elsinore Diamond Sports Center would feature about 520,000 square feet of indoor floor space split between two levels. The center is targeted for 23 acres abutting the north side of The Diamond minor-league baseball stadium.