• YMCA Receives $110K Grant for Outdoor Education Center

    by Sun Journal November 2016

    The YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston recently received a $110,000 grant from the Island Foundation to further develop its Outdoor Education & Learning Center in Auburn.

  • Maine County Opens $7.5M Community Center

    by Anthony Brino November 2016

    Presque Isle celebrated the grand opening of the new Sargent Family Community Center on Oct. 29, kicking it off with a performance by the high school Band.

  • Pike YMCA Pairs with VA to Serve Vets

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    In 2018, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will partner with the Richard Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center to open a new location in Pike Township near the downtown VA to enhance outpatient services. It will be the first YMCA in the country to offer customized space and services for veterans.

  • Marine Vet Sues YMCA, Claims Org Pushed Him Out

    by Louis Casiano Jr. November 2016

    A Marine veteran and personal fitness trainer who developed a military-style obstacle course for the Newport-Mesa Family YMCA alleges in a lawsuit filed last month that the organization pushed him out of their partnership, failed to share profits and fired him after he suffered a back injury.

  • What Role Should Social Equity Play in Facility Planning?

    by Stephen Springs November 2016

    This month, I will conclude my exploration of the ways in which the National Recreation and Park Association’s three pillars can be incorporated into the facility design process. Conservation was first, followed by health and wellness. Now comes social equity.

  • 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.