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Trash To Treasure

Transforming Brownfields Into Playing Fields and Parks

Feature Article - September 2012

Brownfields offer a near-perfect option for many landlocked areas looking to expand recreational offerings. Find out more about how the redevelopment process works.

Design Corner

Build Pride and Performance
A Dynamic Formula for Successful Recreational Facilities

Guest Column - September 2012

The ideal community recreation facility is a civic landmark and a point of hometown pride. Getting to that result requires a careful design process.


From Eyesore to Eye-Catching
River Bend Community Park in St. Charles, Ill.

Facility Profile - September 2012

With the help of good neighbors and several government agencies, a former prison site has been transformed into a beautiful amenity for the local community.

Design Corner

Restored Ecology as Park Design Inspiration

Guest Column - July 2012

The master plan for Valley View Park in West Des Moines, Iowa, is the culmination of an extensive public involvement process, investigation and evaluation of historic site conditions and a balanced approach to park development that incorporates human needs and environmental considerations.

Regional Information

A Look at Regional Trends

Feature Article - June 2012

This section breaks survey results down according to region, taking a look at trends in facilities across the country. Learn how facilities in different regions differ.

Illinois State University Fitness Center & McCormick Hall

Normal, Illinois

Award Winner - May 2012

The new student-centered building is a hub for campus activity and has revitalized the existing McCormick Hall, which was opened in 1925 and remodeled in 1961. Administrative, educational and instructional spaces were added in a new west addition to the building, which extends west toward Main Street, with portions spanning University Drive. The building provides multiple large recreation and academic venues to support existing and new programs.

Central Park Recreation Center

Denver, Colorado

Award Winner - May 2012

Siting of such a large building—nearly 57,000 square feet—between the park and residential neighborhoods required finesse, as well as an understanding of vehicular and pedestrian patterns. The parking is located adjacent to Martin Luther King Boulevard, one of Denver's larger arterial roads and the main access point to downtown. This allows the remaining site to be more natural and pedestrian friendly. The building footprint is situated to allow the adjacent pocket park to extend across the entry plaza at the upper level. The orientation is rotated slightly north of west to allow spaces to capture western views without direct west solar gain.

University of South Dakota Wellness Center

Vermillion, South Dakota

Award Winner - May 2012

Prior to completion of this nearly-57,000-square-foot center, students relied on the university's Dakota Dome, but this space was no longer able to meet the needs of both student-athletes and general students. Students and the university wanted an exclusive space to support health and wellness, and to strengthen the sense of community among students, as well as between students and faculty beyond the classroom walls.

Hammonasset Beach State Park Visitor's Center

Madison, Connecticut

Award Winner - May 2012

The new 2,500-square-foot building is located at the center of the mile-long beach with nearly 4,000 square feet of deck and boardwalk. Inspiration for the building was derived from the site itself. The requirement to remain sensitive to the coastal environment, both from a conservation standpoint as well as an understanding of its harsh effects on the built environment, led to a design that touches the site lightly with natural materials that will remain serviceable for years to come.

Design Corner

Success Breeds Success
The Evolution of a Student Center

Guest Column - April 2012

Explore how the University of Alabama has succeeded in adding a student center, and how that success is leading to other successes at the school.