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Extreme Makeover

Photos Courtesy Of Lee’s Summit Parks & Recreation

For more than 40 years, South Lea McKeighan Park was the home to youth baseball in Lee’s Summit, Mo. When the leagues relocated to a new sports-complex venue—700-acre LegacyPark—the 11-acre McKeighanPark site was relegated to a practice field that needed some updating. The park’s highly visible location at the corner of two busy arterial streets on the fringe of the city’s downtown district gave vision to a special type of park redevelopment.  Design Development After 4 years of neighborhood feedback, … Continue reading

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Bursting With Enthusiasm

Photos Courtesy Of San Diego County Parks and Recreation Department

Fountains erupted at the new Waterfront Park as the county of San Diego celebrated one of the largest grand-opening events in its history. on May 10.  In 1938, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dedicated the County Administration Center (CAC), an event that drew a crowd of more than 25,000 people. For decades the building was surrounded by asphalt parking lots and a small office building. No recreational opportunities for the community were provided.   With the building situated next to San Diego … Continue reading

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Run From Red To Black

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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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It’s A Numbers Game

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Courtesy Of Charles Davis Smith Photography

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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Triple Threat

Photos Courtesy of the City of Chandler

It would have been easy to break into a panic when the city of Chandler, Ariz., was to host three large-scale events with more than 4,000 attendees at each event in one weekend in October 2013. The events began on Friday night with the 32nd annual Halloween Spooktacular with games, a haunted house, a graveyard, and costume contests. The following morning, staff members began setting up for the 7th Annual Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play with demonstrations, performers, games, and … Continue reading

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