Feature Article - January 2010
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Is an Enclosure the Right Option to Add Seasons to Your Facility?

By Jessica Royer Ocken



Enclosure Excellence

Check out these sports and entertainment spots where having an indoor option really pays off:

The Ebensburg Tennis Center in Ebensburg, Pa., was initially funded by the McMahon Family Foundation in honor of pro wrestling star Vince McMahon's mother, Vicki Askew. Vicki is an Ebensburg resident and lifelong tennis enthusiast and player. After construction, the borough of Ebensburg took over operation and maintenance of the facility. The 20,320-square-foot Center has three indoor and three outdoor courts. The indoor courts replicate the playing surface of the Australian Open, and the outdoor courts replicate the playing surface of the U.S. Open in New York City. The facility also includes a pro shop, lounge, locker rooms and administrative offices.

The McDermont Field House in Lindsay, Calif., is comprised of three buildings and includes 172,000 square feet of total entertainment space on three floors. Options, which are enjoyed by visitors from all over the region, include an indoor skatepark, a Flowrider wave machine, a fitness center, two regulation indoor soccer fields with state-of-the-art artificial turf, a 50-foot rock climbing wall, and a zip line. And if this sounds like the Disneyland of sports and recreation, that could be because a Disney consultant helped with the project.

The Lava Hot Springs Foundation's Olympic Swimming Complex in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, was first constructed in 1969, and even then the 25-yard pool was designed to be covered. But only in 2006 was this vision finally realized. Now open regardless of weather conditions, this pool features three diving boards, six swimming lanes and an aquatic climbing wall. Rounding out the facility are an outdoor 50-meter pool with assorted diving platforms and a unique waterslide that crosses over an actively used road. And just a few blocks away are the Foundation's hot pools, which make the most of the area's toasty spring water.