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2012 State of the Managed Recreation Industry

A Look at What's Happening in Recreation, Sports and Fitness Facilities

Feature Article - June 2012

More than 2,000 professionals responded to our call for information about their facility operations. Here, we summarize their responses, including current trends in operations, staffing, programming, construction and much more.

Ithaca College Athletics & Events Center

Ithaca, New York

Award Winner - May 2012

The program for the Athletics and Events Center focuses on three spaces: the indoor fieldhouse, natatorium and outdoor turf field. The fieldhouse needed to meet the practice, competition, intramurals, club and recreational needs of as many students as possible. The design allows for multipurpose uses including a 200-meter track with runways for long jump and pole vaults, as well as sizing and marking the floor for lacrosse, field hockey, soccer and tennis. A separate throwing cage allows for simultaneous weight throw practice and competition. Elaborate netting allows the fieldhouse to be subdivided so the infield can be used at the same time as the track. The fieldhouse is also used for concerts and speaking events, so substantial acoustic panels on the roof, both metal and fiber wall panels on all walls and a perforated metal damping box on the north end were added to provide excellent acoustics.

Cordish Family Pavilion, Lenz Tennis Center,
Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

Award Winner - May 2012

This pivotal new centerpiece of the Lenz Tennis Center boasts as its central feature a 3,700-square-foot covered observation deck that hovers over the ground and provides a space to watch matches. This deck is an extension of the main meeting room for the tennis players and coaches, as well as an extension of the public bleachers for students and fans during events. The deck provides protection from the sun for spectators, as well as a vantage point from which to view the surrounding campus.

Colorado State University Student Recreation Center

Fort Collins, Colorado

Award Winner - May 2012

A lot of new spaces were added, including a climbing wall and bouldering area, an outdoor bouldering rock, martial arts space, special needs spaces (gender-inclusive restrooms and changing rooms), new meeting spaces, a private changing room in the women's locker room, exercise studios, MAC gym and more. A complete success, the facility has seen a 30 percent increase in usage since it was reopened.

Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center

Dorchester, Massachusetts

Award Winner - May 2012

The center, built on a large six-acre urban site, is the largest private, nonprofit, social services investment in New England and the largest center in Massachusetts. The new facility, located in Boston's Uphams Corner neighborhood—which consists mostly of minorities, immigrants and those whose economic position makes them likely to suffer from poor health and nutrition—addresses the community's recreational, educational, nutritional, social, spiritual and artistic needs.

Health and Learning Center
Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona

Award Winner - May 2012

The NAU Health and Learning Center is a fusion building that includes a 57,000-square-foot medical clinic, 70,000 square feet of classrooms, a 121,000-square-foot student recreation center and a 40,000-square-foot athletics component to replace most of the stadium. Bringing these programs together from their decentralized locations creates a significant improvement to the quality of student life on campus. The combination of these programs into a single $83.2 million, 288,000-square-foot renovation and expansion project is estimated to have saved the university at least $20 million. The site is now a central student destination that links student life and academic experience and sees up to 1,700 students per hour pass through.

Clarence-Rockland Arena

Rockland, Ontario, Canada

Award Winner - May 2012

In response to the desire to provide a landmark facility that welcomes spectators and participants arriving from the community's main highway, the design incorporates a glazed timber structure elevated above the entry roadway and west parking lot and centered between the two arenas, providing a visual attraction for all users.

Heavy-Duty Fixtures

Web Exclusive - May 2012

At the new KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Ky., designers found an aesthetically pleasing solution for restrooms that can withstand the abuse of sports fans.

Kids Just Want to Have Fun

Web Exclusive - April 2012

In a recent survey, 84 percent of kids said they either quit or wanted to quit playing sports, mostly because they weren't having fun. We look at some of the other troubling numbers, and talk with an expert about how to bring back the fun and engage kids in sports.

Field Maintenance

No Snow?
Consequences of a Nearly Snow-Free Winter on Ballfields

Guest Column - March 2012

This past winter has been striking for its lack, or near lack, of snow in many areas. Learn how this affects your ballfields, and what you need to do to get them ready for the players to take to the field.