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Here’s a sneak peak inside Allen’s upcoming recreation center

Allen’s new recreation center is set to feature airy, open spaces and multiple exercise options when it opens in the spring of 2023. The public was given the first glimpse of the new facility’s interior during a city workshop on Oct. 13, when the City of Allen Parks and Recreation division revealed interior renderings for the future Stephen G. Terrell Recreation Center.

The new 149,000-square-foot facility will sit on Exchange Parkway, south of Ridgeview Drive. The $54 million project by BRS Architects will feature a modern, sleek interior with some flexible spaces and community rooms.

According to the parks department, amenities will include:

  • An indoor playground
  • A child watch area
  • Two gymnasiums with multiple courts
  • A vaulted indoor walking and jogging track
  • An adventure track
  • Weight and cardio areas
  • Group fitness areas
  • A catering kitchen
  • An outdoor fitness deck
  • An open, spacious lobby

Parks and Recreation Director Kate Meacham also discussed the city’s goals for memberships during the city workshop.

It’s estimated that 20% of households in Allen’s market area have at least one type of membership to a local fitness facility. Whether its a youth, family, adult or senior membership, Meacham added that the division’s conservative goal for the Stephen G. Terrell Recreation Center is to pull in at least one type of membership from about 7% of households in Allen’s market area.

She said most Allen facilities currently have an al la carte model, which means members pay for each activity they participate in, in addition to a monthly or annual membership. But to compete with other fitness facilities in the area, the city is looking at other operational methods.

“The al la carte method is a tried and true method,” Meacham said during the workshop. “However, more of the fitness facilities today are going to the more all inclusive. We try to bundle as many things as possible to that membership package, so they get more bang for their buck.”

She said, if they choose an all-inclusive model, they would try to build the biggest bundle they could, which may include access to about 50 group fitness classes per week, child care and discounted facility rentals, as well as some other amenities.

Discussions about the bundle package have also included potential access to Joe Farmer Recreation Center, Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium, Allen Senior Recreation Center and Ford Pool — and maybe even the Allen Community Ice Rink, Meacham said.

The goal is to cross-promote and build the biggest collection of services possible for its members, she added.

The street rehabilitation project approved by city council on Oct. 13 will restore six streets, including Austin Drive, Boyd Drive, Anna Drive, Ash Drive, Bonham Drive and Young Drive.

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At nearly 100 years old, Lord Baltimore hotel finds new life as city’s free coronavirus quarantine center

BALTIMORE — Around this time of year, the Lord Baltimore Hotel would usually be filled with guests: convention visitors, football fans and even ghost hunters seeking to commune with the spirits that they say haunt its corridors.

Today, the hotel’s ballroom has been converted into a COVID-19 command center. Beneath three grand chandeliers, city employees and workers from the University of Maryland Medical System take calls from coronavirus-positive residents who need a place to quarantine or health care facilities with patients, some of them homeless, who need a place to stay.

Across the globe, hotels are being used for isolating people suspected of having COVID-19. Travelers to Singapore, Australia and Taiwan head straight from the airport to inns and hotels for 14 days to prevent transmission of the virus. Sometimes, guests pay for part or all of the stay. But that’s not the case at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, which is now the city’s Triage, Respite, and Isolation (TRI) Center. Since May, more than 600 people have come through its doors, and all of them have stayed for free.

The project, which is a partnership between the city and the University of Maryland Medical System, is funded through the $103 million Baltimore received from the federal government in CARES Act funding. While those dollars expire in December, city officials plan to seek funding from FEMA to keep it open longer.

“Our commitment is to be here as long as it’s needed,” said Chuck Callahan of the University of Maryland Medical Center, who splits his time between the hotel and the convention center, which is also a testing facility and facility.

Among the guests are Leon Love, a 68-year-old Baltimore resident who stayed at the hotel last month. He tested positive for COVID-19 last month after attending the viewing of a friend; he noticed the inability to taste while he was eating bean soup. Rather than risk infecting his family, who he was living with, he checked in to the Lord Baltimore. He credits the good care he received there with helping him make a full recovery from the illness.

“Talk about not wanting to leave,” he said.

Early on in the pandemic, Baltimore leaders realized that people living in homeless shelters and other group settings would need a place to isolate if they tested positive for COVID-19 or were exposed to the virus. A motel set aside for that purpose quickly filled up to capacity. Organizers needed someplace bigger, centrally located — and better equipped to deal with sick people. So they approached the University of Maryland Medical System for help.

Callahan, vice president of population health at the University of Maryland Medical Center, said the medical system had approached the Lord Baltimore’s owners earlier in the pandemic to secure overflow beds should the hospital run out of room. But that ended up not happening; so it instead became a place for homeless and COVID-19-positive residents.

It’s not the first time the city has operated a quarantine facility. For centuries,

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Colby Opens New State-of-the-Art Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center – News

350,000-Square-Foot Building is the Most Advanced and Comprehensive NCAA D-III Facility in the Country

 

As part of its commitment to provide all students with the opportunity to lead healthy and active lifestyles, Colby College announced that it has opened its new Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center.

The 350,000-square-foot state-of-the-art building is the most advanced and comprehensive NCAA D-III facility in the country, and one in a series of major investments by the College to create and support best-in-class programs and initiatives. It was made possible in large part from the generous philanthropic support of the Harold Alfond Foundation, a longtime contributor to Colby College.

“The new Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center is an extension of Colby’s mission to develop and educate students holistically and help them compete in and out of the classroom to achieve excellence in all areas of their lives,” said Mike Wisecup, vice president and Harold Alfond Director of Athletics at Colby. “Whether it’s varsity sports or individual fitness initiatives, competitive or recreational athletics, an active and healthy lifestyle is a critical part of the student experience at Colby. The goal of the new facility is to support that experience at the highest level possible and provide the best resources available.”
 

The Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center

 

The Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center, which is located at the north end of campus across from Johnson Pond, has a wide range of unique venues. Key among them are an aquatics center with the only Olympic-sized Myrtha pool in Maine, an ice arena with year-round regulation ice, the Margaret M. Crook Center with three regulation-length basketball/volleyball courts, and the open-air O’Neil Atrium at the center of the building. Additional highlights include:

  • The three-level Boulos Family Fitness Center that includes a mix of free weights, cables, selectorize and cardio equipment, open areas for stretching and training, as well as dedicated fitness studios and a mindfulness and meditation room
  • An indoor competition center (track/field house) with a six-lane track, regulation tennis courts, and field-event accommodations for pole vault, high jump, long/triple jump, and shot put
  • A squash center with nine championship regulation courts
  • A 42-foot-tall climbing and bouldering wall with terrain ranging from easy vertical to more difficult articulated areas
  • A dedicated athletic trainer’s suite with hydrotherapy pools as well as exam rooms and a triage room

The new center’s size and capacity is enabling a level of sports, fitness, and recreation that is unavailable at many institutions. It has also allowed Colby to launch a new and unique fitness and recreation program for the entire campus.
 

The aquatics center includes New England’s only Olympic-sized Myrtha pool.

 

“Completing the center in the middle of the pandemic had its challenges, but having it open now is turning out to be a significant advantage as it’s helping to facilitate a safe academic and athletic environment as part of Colby’s Return to Campus Plan,” said Wisecup. “In fact, a number of classes are being held there, and we’re hopeful that

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At nearly 100 years old, Lord Baltimore hotel finds new life as city’s free coronavirus quarantine center

Around this time of year, the Lord Baltimore Hotel would usually be filled with guests: convention visitors, football fans and even ghost hunters seeking to commune with the spirits that they say haunt its corridors.



a made bed in a room: A sample of the room at the Lord Baltimore Hotel used to house isolated residents.


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A sample of the room at the Lord Baltimore Hotel used to house isolated residents.

Today, the hotel’s ballroom has been converted into a COVID-19 command center. Beneath three grand chandeliers, city employees and workers from the University of Maryland Medical System take calls from coronavirus-positive residents who need a place to quarantine or health care facilities with patients, some of them homeless, who need a place to stay.

Across the globe, hotels are being used for isolating people suspected of having COVID-19. Travelers to Singapore, Australia and Taiwan head straight from the airport to inns and hotels for 14 days to prevent transmission of the virus. Sometimes, guests pay for part or all of the stay. But that’s not the case at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, which is now the city’s Triage, Respite, and Isolation (TRI) Center. Since May, more than 600 people have come through its doors, and all of them have stayed for free.

The project, which is a partnership between the city and the University of Maryland Medical System, is funded through the $103 million Baltimore received from the federal government in CARES Act funding. While those dollars expire in December, city officials plan to seek funding from FEMA to keep it open longer.

“Our commitment is to be here as long as it’s needed,” said Chuck Callahan of the University of Maryland Medical Center, who splits his time between the hotel and the convention center, which is also a testing facility and facility.

Among the guests are Leon Love, a 68-year-old Baltimore resident who stayed at the hotel last month. He tested positive for COVID-19 last month after attending the viewing of a friend; he noticed the inability to taste while he was eating bean soup. Rather than risk infecting his family, who he was living with, he checked in to the Lord Baltimore. He credits the good care he received there with helping him make a full recovery from the illness.

“Talk about not wanting to leave,” he said.

Early on in the pandemic, Baltimore leaders realized that people living in homeless shelters and other group settings would need a place to isolate if they tested positive for COVID-19 or were exposed to the virus. A motel set aside for that purpose quickly filled up to capacity. Organizers needed someplace bigger, centrally located — and better equipped to deal with sick people. So they approached the University of Maryland Medical System for help.

Callahan, vice president of population health at the University of Maryland Medical Center, said the medical system had approached the Lord Baltimore’s owners earlier in the pandemic to secure overflow beds should the hospital run out of room. But that ended up not happening; so it instead became a

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Early Voting unavailable at Broughton Recreation Center in Longview due to power outage

A Friday morning crash has caused a power outage at an Early Voting center in Longview.



a sign on the side of a building


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The crash occurred just before 6 a.m. on Martin Luther King Boulevard in front of Foster Middle School.

The power is currently out at the middle school campus and the Broughton Recreation Center, which is an Early Voting site for Gregg County.

The city says the power outage has affected caused voting machines to go down.

“If you are early voting today, please use another location at this time,” the city said in a statement.

Additional Gregg County voting sites include:

Gregg County Courthouse – 101 East Methvin Avenue, 1st Floor, Room 112, in Longview  

  • October 13 – 16 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) 
  • October 17 (7 a.m. – 7 p.m.) 
  • October 18 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) 
  • October 19 – 23 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) 
  • October 24 (7 a.m. – 7 p.m.) 
  • October 25 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) 
  • October 26 – 30 (7 a.m. – 7 p.m.) 

Judson Community Center – 1129 FM 1844 in Longview 

  • October 13 – 16 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) 
  • October 17 – 18 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) 
  • October 19 – 23 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) 
  • October 24 – 25 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) 
  • October 26 – 30 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Kilgore Community Center – 622 Kay Street in Kilgore 

  • October 13 – 16 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) 
  • October 17 – 18 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) 
  • October 19 – 23 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) 
  • October 24 – 25 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) 
  • October 26 – 30 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Longview Community Center – 500 East Whaley Street in Longview

  • October 13 – 16 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) 
  • October 17 – 18 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) 
  • October 19 – 23 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) 
  • October 24 – 25 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) 
  • October 26 – 30 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Community Connections – 501 Pine Tree Road in Longview 

  • October 13 – 16 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) 
  • October 17 – 18 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) 
  • October 19 – 23 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) 
  • October 24 – 25 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) 
  • October 26 – 30 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

White Oak Community Center – 100 East Center Street in White Oak 

  • October 13 – 16 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) 
  • October 17 – 18 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) 
  • October 19 – 23 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) 
  • October 24 – 25 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) 
  • October 26 – 30 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Sabine Old Elementary Cafeteria – 5331 Old Highway 135 in Gladewater (Liberty City) 

  • October 13 – 16 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) 
  • October 17 – 18 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) 
  • October 19 – 23 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) 
  • October 24 – 25 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) 
  • October 26 – 30 (8 a.m.
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COVID prompts temporary Aspen Recreation Center closure | News

The Aspen Recreation Center and Aspen Youth Center are closed for a deep clean after an ARC visitor tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 14, the city of Aspen announced Thursday. The closure extends at least through the weekend.

“Over the next several days, the ARC and Aspen Youth Center will undergo an extensive and deep clean following all COVID-19 protocols. The immediate closure will result in the first weekend of Fall Face-Off to be canceled,” it was noted in a statement.

It’s hoped the facility can reopen by Monday for fall break if feasible.

“The county’s disease investigation team has identified over 70 potential contacts and this closure will help minimize further spread until the contact tracing team can finish their investigations to understand the breadth of the potential outbreak at the facility and in our community. The contact tracing team is continuing its investigation with potential contacts and is working closely with the city of Aspen staff to determine the next steps,” according to the statement.

The ARC opened Oct. 5 to the public with a reservations system and limited capacity for community teams, the statement noted. It continued: “The ARC was following Pitkin County Public Health protocols and limiting group sizes in any area of the ARC to 50 people. Every hour the ARC staff actively cleans the entire facility between reservations.”

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Springdale Recreation Center with ‘issues’ in much better shape

SPRINGDALE — Members of the City Council toured Springdale’s new recreation center on Wednesday. It marked the first visit for some members since the city purchased the 120,000-square-foot building for $4 million in late 2018.

The money to buy the former All-Star Sports Arena came from the $19 million bond money for parks approved by voters in February 2018.

“When we bought it, we knew we were going to have to spend some money,” said council member Mike Lawson. “We knew we inherited an eyesore that had issues. But to give this back to the citizens and kids is just remarkable.”

Renovations have totaled about $1 million, which included a heating and air conditioning system, a roof, lighting and turf for the indoor soccer field.

Chad Wolf, director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, said an open walking track hanging above the ball courts was structurally unsound. And the entire interior of the building was painted.

Employees of the city’s Parks Department are putting the finishing touches on the department’s administrative offices, but staff has been working there about three weeks. Staci Mains, the administrative assistant for the department, has had time to cover her office with paraphernalia touting her favorite sports teams.

The city saved about $500,000 on the office area when Wolf put his own staff to work framing and laying tile, rather than hiring contractors. Employees had time for the work because tournaments and local team play were canceled when the Arkansas Department of Health limited large public gatherings, Wolf said.

Phased openings for community and school sports began Aug. 21, according to the Health Department’s website.

Wolf said the shut down also allowed renovation to continue without inconveniencing the public by closing the center.

Lawson said he the six courts for league and tournament volleyball and basketball awed him.

“They look professional and classy. It’s such a nice, clean look. They’re going to be able to play a lot of volleyball and basketball there,” he said. “We’ve certainly come a long way from my days working and playing at the Springdale Youth Center in the 1980s,” he said. “We started with tile floors, which were slippery. And we only had one court.”

That youth center in Murphy Park was sold to the Springdale School District when the city bought All-Star.

Wolf said the new center should see about 200 people a day — or 500 to 700 if a tournament is played.

But only about 50 people a day — mostly senior citizens using the center’s weight training area and walking — have been using the place.

“But we’re going to start playing volleyball next week,” Wolf said. “And, when things open back up, we’re going to have adult soccer indoors. We’re going to offer rugby and lacrosse. We’re ready to do anything.”

Wolf listed renovation projects down the road, including an elevator, locker and shower rooms and courts for the center’s members to play basketball, volleyball and pickleball while tournaments run on the other

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Great Falls-based firms hired to oversee $20 million recreation center

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The city of Great Falls has received a $10 million federal grant that will allow construction of a $20 million recreation and aquatics center on the east end of town. (Photo: LPW Architecture)

The City Commission has hired two local firms to guide the design and construction of a $20 million aquatics and recreation center on the east end of Great Falls. 

By a 4-1 vote, commissioners awarded the design, permitting and construction management of the project to L’Heureux Page Werner Architecture (LPW) and TD&H Engineering, which teamed up to submit a proposal.

The motion also directed City Manager Greg Doyon to negotiate the fees and execute the contract documents.

The Great Falls-based firms will be in charge of coming up with a final design, handing the bid documents and managing the construction of the 50,000 square-foot facility on 10 acres south of the Siebel Soccer complex. 

“We’re just ready to hit the ground running and start working with them,” Park and Recreation Director Steve Herrig said.

LPW and TD&H will be joined by four subcontractors in overseeing the project: Nagel Sport of Edmonds, Wash.; Pros Consulting, Indianapolis; Morrison Maierle, Missoula; and Water Technology of Beaver Dam, Wisc. 

“Each one of them has their own individual specialization that they bring to the table, Herrig said.

Herrig noted that LPW and TD&H have significant experience in dealing with the tricky soils of Great Falls.

They also are familiar with working under the National Environmental Protection Act, or NEPA, process, which is required because of a $10 million grant the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment awarded the city for the project.

Some concerns raised

Commissioner Rick Tryon voted no after raising concerns that there was an appearance LPW and TD&H had an unfair advantage in getting the consulting contract because those two firms assisted the city in applying for the DOD grant.

Tryon recommended delaying the vote to give the public more time to study the companies that applied through the city’s “request for proposals” to serve as the project consultant.

“You don’t think their involvement in the process early on and being involved in that early proposal gave them any kind of unfair advantage over any of the other firms that submitted RFPs?” Tryon said.

Mayor Bob Kelly, who sat in on interviews with the finalists, said the process was fair with nobody having an advantage or disadvantage.

“I was quite convinced of that,” Kelly said.

More: City seeks consultant to oversee $20 million rec/aquatics center design, construction

LPWs’ and TD&Hs’ help in the grant application was, in Kelly’s mind, a disadvantage in the competition because it showed other firms their early design opening it up to criticism.

“You don’t think their involvement in the process early on and being involved in that early proposal gave them any kind of unfair advantage over any of the other firms that submitted RFPs?”

Rick Tryon, Commissioner

“They kind of set themselves up as a target,” Kelly said.

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Vacation World RV is Southern Utah’s oldest and #1 choice RV Dealer and has been family owned and operated since 1986. Our knowledgeable, friendly sales staff is here to help you find the new and used Forest River Rockwood folding Tent Trailers, Travel Trailers, Motor Homes, 5th Wheels, toy haulers or boats, without the typical salesperson pressure. We specialize in popular brands of pre-owned Thor, Fleetwood, Monaco, NuWa, Pacific coach works, Montana, Keystone, Heartland and Winnebago RV’s.

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Our RV parts department carries large selection of parts and accessories at unbeatable prices. We have a full service RV service department with Master Technicians on staff, including Onan and Generac Generator specialists.

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Hotels in Orlando | Official: Florida Hotel and Conference Center

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Located at the Florida Mall and close to the Orlando Airport, The Florida Hotel and Conference Center offers city convenience combined with upscale comfort and warm hospitality. From our friendly atmosphere with genuine personalized service, outstanding hotel amenities including casual on site dining, 24 hour fitness center and business center, open air swimming pool. Combined with our unbeatable central location, you’ll discover a welcome and comfortable home base for an unforgettable Orlando vacation in the sunshine state.

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Offering over 50, 000 sq. ft. of flexible state-of-the art meeting space, boardrooms and break away rooms, the Florida Hotel and Conference Center is a premier meeting destination in Orlando.

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Ideal for anniversaries, birthdays, reunions and private functions and with 50, 000 sq. ft. of contemporary and stylish event space available, paired with an experienced events team and a collection of on-site dining.

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With modern ballrooms and intimate event spaces, Florida Hotel is the ideal for your entire wedding. Our central location at the Florida Mall, well-appointed guest rooms, delicious dining and outdoor pool offer unrivaled relaxation, shopping and recreation for your guests.

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