Category Archives: Athletic + Recreation Programming

Harboring Hot Air

The Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre in Bellville, Ontario, Canada. Photos Courtesy of Recreation,Culture & Community Services staff

The expansion of the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre in the city of Bellville (Ontario, Canada), is designed to do more than deliver heart-pounding exercise on state-of-the-art equipment—it also recaptures its own heat and uses it elsewhere in the facility. In a $35-million project that expanded the building to more than 300,000 square feet and added an artificial sports field to a nearby park, the facility is now capable of reclaiming heat in the process of making ice for one … Continue reading

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Get “RevvedUP” About Fitness

Recreation centers can help their communities get revved up about fitness.

The epidemic that is wreaking havoc on the 21st century is not smallpox, yellow fever, or cholera; it is obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2010 every state had a prevalence of obesity greater than 20 percent; in 36 states, it was greater than 25 percent; and in 12 states, the rate was more than 30 percent. There is a need for private and public fitness/nutrition providers to ramp up programs to assist citizens with developing the … Continue reading

Posted in Athletic + Recreation Programming, Departments, Issues, November 2012, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Community Fitness Challenges

Turn community fitness into a challenge. Photo Courtesy City of Warrenville

Looking for the ingredients to host a successful fitness challenge? Combine ease of participation with a little friendly competition, fold in a partnership with a local medical facility, and add a dash of marketing. For good measure–sprinkle with incentives and a mayor or city manager in sweat pants and a pair of tennis shoes–and voila you have a perfectly prepared program that serves the entire community. Whether it’s inspiration from “The Biggest Loser” or a plea from local medical centers … Continue reading

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Buddy Up

Youth sports partnerships bring prosperity to Alabama communities. Photo courtesy of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission

As youth, collegiate, and adult teams huddle in preparation for the next event, the team behind these successful endeavors never stops working. Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission (GSOBSC), which promotes a multitude of traditional and unique athletic venues along the Alabama Gulf Coast, is a case study of partnerships at work. Formation “The development of our sports commission began as a willing partnership between the key stakeholders in the community,” says Beth Gendler, vice-president of sales for GSOBSC. … Continue reading

Posted in Athletic + Recreation Programming, Departments, Issues, October 2012, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Hunting For A Haunting

All the goblins will gobble up s'mores! Photo courtesy of Alyssa Smith

It was 2 a.m. when Laura Lee heard the door open and slam shut in one of the old buildings at the Fort Delaware State Park. Although Lee was staying overnight on the island with a Boy Scout troop, no one else was supposed to be in the building where she was sleeping. Assuming someone was trying to spook her, she looked out the window to catch the prankster, but never saw anyone enter or exit the building. When she … Continue reading

Posted in Athletic + Recreation Programming, Departments, Issues, October 2012, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment