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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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Atari-themed hotels unveil design for upcoming Las Vegas and Phoenix locations

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — Looking to live your pop culture fantasy and get nostalgic?

GSD Group and architecture and design firm Gensler unveiled early renderings for the brand new video-game inspired Atari Hotels.

The first two Atari Hotels will open in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Phoenix, Arizona, with additional locations planned in Austin, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle.

The new hotels “offer guests a wholly unique hospitality experience inspired by, and built with, classic and modern video game culture in mind.”

Guests at the hotels can expect to enjoy the latest in video games, immersive entertainment and retro-style gaming arcades. The hotels will also feature nightclubs and themed restaurants and bars.

Video of the hotel concept features a massive light and screen display on the outside of one of the hotels, mimicking the upside down “V” shape of the Atari logo.

You can watch the video of the hotel concept in the video player above.

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Two Kamala Harris Campaign Members Test Positive for COVID, VP Candidate Cancels Upcoming Travel

Senator Kamala Harris has canceled her upcoming campaign travel schedule after two campaign members tested positive for COVID-19.

Late Wednesday, Harris’ communications director Liz Allen and another non-staff flight crew member involved in Harris’ campaign were found to be infected with the coronavirus, according to the campaign’s statement.

Although Harris was not in close contact with either of these individuals, her campaign has made the decision to cancel her travel plans through Sunday “out of an abundance of caution and in line with [the] campaign’s commitment to the highest levels of precaution.”

The vice presidential candidate will continue to campaign virtually and return to in-person campaigning next week.

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Vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) wears a facemask as she listens to her running mate speak to reporters at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, October 8, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona. On Wednesday night, Harris’ campaign learned that two of her staffers tested positive for COVID-19.
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The campaign said that Democratic nominee Joe Biden also did not come in contact with sick staff.

“Neither of these people have had contact with Vice President Biden, Senator Harris or any other staffers since testing positive or in the 48 hours prior to their positive test results,” the statement read.

Biden is still expected to participate in Thursday’s town hall event on ABC News.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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