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Run From Red To Black


In 2006, The Brunswick Community Recreation and Fitness Center, located in Brunswick, Ohio, was operating at its lowest level since opening in 1991. Over the years the membership declined, equipment aged, revenues decreased, and the building became dated. Membership was at a low of 2,261 members for a community of more than 35,000 people, and the center had lost over $400,000. The city was also facing financial constraints as the economy was changing; it was apparent a change was needed … Continue reading

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Numbers Never Lie — Publisher’s Note

The family truckster, or in our case, a Chevy conversion van, stopped for gas somewhere between Ohio and Florida, causing my 12-year-old self to groan, inwardly, at what was coming.  My Dad jumped out of the driver’s seat, filled the tank, and then turned to me. “So, if we put 17 gallons of gas into the tank and we drove 350 miles, how many miles to the gallon did we get? “ “Aww, Dad. C’mon, I’m on vacation.” “No, you’re … Continue reading

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Operation Enduring Change

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The verb “sur·vive” 1. To remain alive or in existence. 2. To carry on despite hardships or trauma; to persevere.  3. To remain functional or usable. 4. To live longer than; outlive. 5. To live, persist, or remain usable. Phil felt the buzz of the alarm on his watch and slowly opened his eyes. He once could wake at 5 a.m. without need for an alarm, but those days were gone. In his 20s, 30s, 40s, even early 50s, his wife often … Continue reading

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If Websites Could Talk

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  “Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.” –H. James Harrington, CEO of the Harrington Institute, a global management-consulting firm  Many camps have a website, but is it providing parents, alumni, and campers what they are looking for? Is there anything the site would say if it … Continue reading

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It’s A Numbers Game

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In a world where the goal is achieving close to 100-percent cost recovery, aquatic operators not only have to balance chemicals on a daily basis, but also finances. Using real-world data from both indoor and outdoor municipal pools and waterparks, three areas stand out for aquatic operations: • Industry trends • Basic budgeting • Facility maintenance planning. Industry Trends With the evolution of the family aquatic center throughout municipal parks and recreation departments, it’s much more prevalent to find “waterpark-type … Continue reading

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