• New Projects: ODU Practice Facility | McNiff Fitness Center

    by Emily Attwood August 2015

    Breaking Ground

  • How Interior Design Elements Personalize a Recreation Facility

    by Marcia Hocevar August 2015

    Whether designing a new facility from the ground up or looking to renovate an existing building, attention to interior details will be essential to establishing a character and identity unique to that facility and its users. Graphic elements serve a variety of vital functions within a facility — encouraging particular feelings and emotions, establishing visceral and visual connections, clarifying wayfinding and identifying program spaces. Following are six ways in which simple color and graphic concepts can be used to define and enhance the design of any facility.

  • Family Suing YMCA Over Son's Climbing Wall Injury

    by Emily Attwood July 2015

    Parents of a boy injured earlier this year after falling off a climbing wall at the Weston (Fla.) YMCA are suing the organization, alleging that the injury was due to an employee’s failure to secure his harness, as well as the absence of safety mats.

    Devin Pabian was celebrating his 11th birthday with a party at the YMCA and rock climbing with a group of friends. He had been harnessed in by a worker and scaled the 30-foot-tall wall. As he attempted to rappel down, he instead fell.

    The lawsuit alleges the fall was caused by an improperly secured harness or rope, and that the staff member in charge of monitoring the climbers had left the area.

    Pabian suffered fractures to his wrist, ankle and spine and had to be airlifted to a hospital for surgery.

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    "The miracle is he survived such a fall, the tragedy is it was preventable had the facility taken the necessary and reasonable safeguards to protect such young members and visitors they entice to such an attraction," says the family’s attorney, Jay Cohen.

    The Pabian family is seeking more than $15,000 in damages. A YMCA spokesperson declined to comment on the lawsuit.

  • Baltimore Mayor Introduces Rec Center Plans

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced plans for funding new fitness centers, athletic fields, swimming pools and splash pads throughout the city, which is expected to cost $136 million.

  • When Supervision and Privacy Go Head to Head

    by Jerry Burke July 2015

    The need for supervision of recreation facilities is acute, and the prescription is by now familiar — a centralized plan that affords administrators clear views into activity spaces from control points, and ample glass linking activity spaces with streetscapes and each other.

  • AB Survey: Public Recreation Security

    by AB Staff July 2015

    Athletic Business hopes to compile data regarding security practices in the public recreation industry and share the results in an upcoming issue of Athletic Business magazine.

  • 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.