A guide to the newest system options and choosing the best scoreboard for your facility
Don't just settle for any scoreboard. We take a look at all the popular scoreboard and timing system options as well as all those extra bells, buzzers and whistles.
Making your sports fields look like the pros—without breaking the budget
Looking to turn that field of dreams into a budget-friendly reality? We uncover the tips, tricks and cost-effective strategies from experienced pros to design high-performance playing fields or to transform existing fields on a limited budget.
Fitness equipment and programming: One doesn't work without the other, and both are changing
In the fitness world, there's always something new on the horizon: new equipment, new workout regimens, new gadgetry. And all of it, according to their creators, is going to change the way people exercise. That always isn't the case, but new ideas do have an impact. We take a look at what's going on in fitness equipment and programming in 2005.
A facility operator's decision of whether to obtain one or more automated external defibrillators (AEDs) should be given careful consideration. Find out the facts before you make a plan.
The industry offers many choices for locker and restroom products. Installing the right ones requires analyzing the particular needs of a facility and matching them to products. Learn how to make this task an easy one.
Four areas to keep in mind
Today's managers of recreational aquatic facilities have a lot to worry about. Not only are they responsible for maintenance, safety, supplies and other employees, but often they are responsible for managing more than one facility. Here are four important areas to focus on.
TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre
Spruce Grove, Alberta
Often a unique partnership produces unique results. The Alberta municipalities of Parkland County, the Town of Stony Plain and the City of Spruce Grove joined forces to produce the $28 million TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre (TLC), which serves as a year-round family fitness center; a much-needed indoor venue for hockey, soccer and other organized sports programs; and a popular social hub for participating communities. The participating governments share in a magnificent resource and never could have independently financed the megaplex.
Seymour, Fisk, Bay View, Fort Howard, Farlin and Eastman Parks
Green Bay, Wis.
Looking to re-energize six downtown neighborhood parks, the Green Bay Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry embarked on a $750,000 program to add innovative splash play areas to each park. Using funding from the City of Green Bay Redevelopment Authority, the splash areas represented a creative, relatively low-cost way to bring water fun to many parts of the city while sprucing up parks that needed updating.
In this day and age of flat or declining budgets, it is a rare opportunity to basically start from scratch and rebuild a park from the ground up. This was the case for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Waco Lake in Texas. This 9,000-acre flood-control project recently went through a seven-foot rise to its conservation pool evaluation at the request of the city of Waco, which meant an additional 1,000 acres of park and wildlife habitat had to be flooded.