• Rec Center, Pool Get Approval for $10.5M in Upgrades

    by Lucas Sullivan, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH April 2015

    The community center at Driving Park will be completely overhauled with a new ventilation unit and plumbing. The electrical system and classrooms will be upgraded.

  • Extreme Makeover: Small College Edition

    by Oliver Snider, Guest Contributor April 2015

    While the closing of Sweet Briar College was being contested in Bedford County (Va.) Circuit Court — an April 14 hearing gave some life to opponents of the move — another small college was throwing in the towel. On April 11, Tennessee Temple University announced it would dissolve as of May 1 and merge with Piedmont International University, a private Christian college in Winston-Salem, N.C. The recent list of closings, including Lebanon College and Mid-Continent University, comprises only a small handful out of 1,650 private, nonprofit colleges still in operation, but nonetheless is a sobering reminder that the effects of the recession linger on — and may, in fact, represent a permanent change to the collegiate landscape.

  • Public, Private Groups at Odds Over Fitness Center

    by Robert Behre, Post & Courier April 2015

    An open, sandy area nestled among trees and perched along the Kiawah River seems an unlikely ground zero for a development controversy that has gone nuclear in this normally peaceful resort community.

  • Rec Center's Interactive 'PlayWord' Makes Fitness Fun

    by Kelly S. Kelly Gazette correspondent April 2015

    Today, in houses across the country, youngsters sit anchored in front of screens like Jabba the Hutt, with only their thumbs getting exercise while frantically working video game controllers.

  • Private Club's Lease Terms at Rec Center Approved

    by Bruce Farrin; Staff Editor April 2015

    The Board of Selectmen has accepted a revised payment proposal from Rich Viitala Jr. of Fire & Iron Athletics, which is leasing space at the Recreation Center and using fitness equipment owned by the town.

  • AB Survey: Recreation Facility Construction

    by AB Staff April 2015

    Athletic Business will be looking at trends in public recreation facility construction in our June issue. We want to know what's happening in your community.

  • Severe Flooding Closes Campus Recreation Center

    by Laura Godlewski April 2015

    Sam Houston State University has some serious cleaning up to do after heavy rains caused a glass wall at the Student Sports Recreational Center to break, flooding the first floor of the center with 14 to 16 inches of water.

  • Student Bomb Threat Shuts Down Campus Rec Center

    by Laura Godlewski April 2015

    Students at Washington State University are shaken up after another student entered the University Recreation building on Saturday morning and threatened to detonate a bomb. 

    Police showed up at the recreation center soon after student Dmitry Dementyev made the threats and took him into custody. 

  • The AB Extra: April 17

    by Laura Godlewski April 2015

    The April 17th edition of The AB Extra, the inspiring, quirky or downright weird stories you may have missed this week.

  • Landing Zones Around Climbing Walls Get Their Due

    by Emily Attwood April 2015

    Climbing walls have become nearly as common as recreation centers on college campuses across the country, and the prevalence of public facilities dedicated to the sport has led to a generation of climbers for whom the walls and facilities built a decade ago just aren't cutting it any more. As facility operators look to revamp their existing walls to appeal to a more discerning consumer base — or to merely add the amenity — they're thinking more about the various aspects of a functional climbing destination.