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Feature Article - October 2004


These days, people want more and more from their rec centers and sports clubs. But how do multipurpose facilities expand without spreading themselves too thin?

By Kyle Ryan

Listening to Marketing Director Linda Rackner delineate the seemingly endless amenities at the PRO Sports Club, you get the feeling the place falls just short of being a self-contained compound. Located just outside of Seattle in Bellevue, Wash., the club is a 255,000-square-foot leviathan.

Sure, there's the usual stuff like a cardio area, group-fitness studios, swimming pools and courts, but there's also an auto salon, dry-cleaning service, spa, restaurant, café and medical center. Just about anything the club's 30,000 members could want is there.

Places like the PRO Sports Club put the "multi" in multipurpose facilities—if the club built adjoining apartments, people would probably never leave. As today's club members ask for more and more, it's not easy to balance those requests with fiscal solvency. Here is a sampling of some facilities that have branched out without burning out.

ICON Shelter Systems - An Illuminated Choice
Connect-a-Dock - Floating Dock Kayak Launch
Belson Outdoors - Your Outdoor Superstore
Vantage - Tablet Feeders for Any Size Pool
Pilot Rock - Replace your worn out park equipment! - Buy Now
Recreation Supply - The Pool Supply Specialists
Weeders Disgest - Got Muck and Lakeweeds? - Free Advice From Our Lake and Pond Experts
National Recreation Systems - Trusted Manufacturer of Quality Aluminum Bleachers, Benches and Picnic tables for over 25 years