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Ann Arbor’s Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center modifies hours

ANN ARBOR – The Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center will be modifying its hours starting on Wednesday in response to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ latest emergency order and Washtenaw County Administrator Gregory Dill’s recent announcement that all non-essential services will be closing in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The reduction of hours at the recreation center follows MDHHS’ “three-week pause” order, which runs Wednesday through Dec. 8.

New facility hours through Dec. 8:

  • Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. to noon, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

The facility will be closed Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

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For the next three weeks, the building will be open only to members at 25% capacity. The indoor pool will remain open with four lanes available.

Staff will continue to coordinate with the Washtenaw County Administrator and the Washtenaw County Health Department as measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 evolve.

“The unprecedented nature of this pandemic has required adaptability,” Diane Carr, Recreation Center Superintendent, said in a news release. “Washtenaw County Parks is committed to keeping our community healthy and safe, and we will continue to follow the direction of our County Administration and the experts at the Health Department to guide our decision-making during this time. The health and safety of our members and our staff, have and always will be our top priority.”

Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center is at 2960 Washtenaw Ave.

For facility updates and other park changes, visit washtenaw.org/parks.

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Texas A&M University System Board Of Regents Approves South Campus Recreation Center Project

exterior rendering of rec center

Construction on the South Campus Recreation Center could start as early as December.


Texas A&M Division of Student Affairs

 

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents today authorized the construction of a $35 million South Campus Recreation Center to enhance student recreational activities.

The 63,000 square-foot facility will have strength and conditioning areas, areas for basketball, volleyball and indoor soccer, a climbing wall, locker rooms and more. It will be located off Bizzell Street across from Krueger, Mosher and Rudder Halls and adjacent to the golf course.

“In recent years, Texas A&M has invested heavily in several facilities designed to enhance the educational experience,” said Texas A&M President Michael K. Young. “With this new recreation center, we’re supporting our students’ health and well-being, which are essential to helping them succeed not only in the classroom, but also in life.”

Rick Hall, director of Recreational Sports, part of the Division of Student Affairs, said the South Campus Rec Center project will advance the university by preparing students to assume roles in leadership, responsibility and service to society.

“The South Campus Recreation Center is a critical project to the university’s commitment to provide students, faculty and staff with the best opportunities to support and nurture their health and well-being,” Hall said. “The Department of Recreational Sports provides high-quality, inclusive experiences and facilities. Multiple assessments have shown that participants in recreational activities have higher persistence rates and graduation rates than those who do not engage in recreation. A student’s overall health and well-being, coupled with academic success, will prepare graduates for successful careers within the global economy.”

Texas A&M administrators said the facility is needed because of the school’s increasing enrollment. A study by the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association shows that a university the size of Texas A&M should have at least 587,000 square feet of indoor recreational facilities, and that the school currently has about 415,000 square feet.

Since the main Student Recreation Center opened in 1995, the Texas A&M student body has grown more than 60 percent while recreational facilities have increased by only 25 percent.

In addition, Texas A&M administrators said, all current student recreational facilities are located west of the train tracks that divide the campus and are beyond a 10-minute walk from much of the academic and housing facilities on campus.

Construction on the South Campus Recreation Center project could start as early as December, and is scheduled for completion in June of 2022.

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Farmington Hills hoped to have residents enjoying its new activities center, affectionately known as “The Hawk,” in the former Harrison High School building this fall. But, the pandemic had other plans. 

The project, classified as non-essential, was put on pause as emergency orders shut down businesses throughout Michigan in spring. Work on the Farmington Hills Activity Center initially got started in September 2019. 

“During the spring, everything did need to stop,” Ellen Schnackel, the city’s director of special services, explained. “Then, once we got going, there were some slight delays just because of some supply chains that got backed up.”

Now, the city is expecting to open the center by April 1. The city has poured $22.5 million into the first two of the building’s three floors since buying the space for $500,000 from Farmington Public Schools. Once completed, The Hawk will host a variety of recreation, arts and community-focused facilities. 

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Jeff Hotchkiss, the city’s facilities supervisor, said he’s most looking forward to the building’s pool, which will accommodate leisure swimmers and those who swim for exercise. The center will also include new and old amenities like a fitness center, 10 outdoor pickleball courts, athletic fields, two dance studios and a gymnasium. For those familiar with Harrison, the gym won’t look very different. 

“In the gymnasium, really we added air conditioning there but it was in such good shape we left it pretty the same,” Schnackel said. 

On the arts and community fronts, The Hawk will house a black box theater, an updated auditorium, updated art and makerspace rooms, a multipurpose center, food service and space for birthday parties. On the building’s third floor, the city is looking to rent space to businesses and other community programs. 

Though the building, which already has a more open floor plan than Harrison did while operating as a high school, will be new in a lot of ways, Harrison alumni and fans will see plenty of nods to the old school. On the first floor, the city is creating a virtual “legacy wall.”

“Every single thing in the building has been digitized,” Schnackel said. “That’s part of what’s happening with the legacy wall. So, pictures were taken of everything and then … there’s a huge touch screen where you can get tons of information and images about something.”

When The Hawk does open, the city’s Costick Activities Center will not go away. As parks and recreation staff and after-school programs largely move to The Hawk,  Schnackel said the city plans to invest in the Costick Center and turn its focus to senior citizens. 

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Select Board praises changes at Recreation Center | Local News

BENNINGTON — Select Board members this week praised progress toward completion of a $3.5 million addition to the Recreation Center on Gage Street to house childhood programming and services of the local Head Start program.

Board members also were encouraged by an expansion in youth and other programs at the center, despite the COVID-19 epidemic, since the Berkshire Family YMCA began managing the center for the town.

The 13,500-square-foot addition is being funded through grants received by United Counseling Service, which manages the Head Start program. The project, undertaken in cooperation with the town, also includes significant work on the playgrounds and an expansion of the parking areas.

UCS and Rec Center employees provided an update on progress roughly a year after ongoing construction began last fall.

EARLY 2021 COMPLETIONBetsy Rathbun-Gunn, director of the Early Childhood Services division at UCS, said COVID-19 slowed the addition project but not significantly. The project timeline, which had called for an October completion, is now estimated to finish in “mid-winter, in early February,” she said, adding that the new section is expected to be “closed up soon,” with work continuing inside.

“Afterward, it will take a few more weeks to move in [to the addition],” she said.

During the construction phase, the Recreation Center staff and its members have seen shifts in the parking areas, with spaces added on the Coolidge Avenue side; adjustments in the swimming pool schedule and fitness room equipment placement as work progressed.

Beth Wallace, Family and Community Partnership manager with Head Start, described what will become a “multi-use, multi-functional” playground area around the center, including a tricycle path, areas for both pre-schoolers and infants and toddlers, and a reconfigured softball field to replace the one that was displaced by the addition.

Inside, she said, there will be a commercial-level kitchen, and additional features that were added to the original plan include no-touch entrance door activation, hands-free faucets, and easy-to-clean surfaces to reduce exposure to germs and viruses.

An air purification system also will be installed in the addition as a response to COVID-19 protocols developed after the project was designed.

Wallace added that additional federal and private funding to Head Start has allowed several upgrades.

Select Board Chairman Donald Campbell praised UCS and Head Start for the grants and donations “you’ve raked in since you last talked to us” about the project.

The project design also calls 25 additional parking spaces on the site and a lane allowing vehicle to drive past the entrance to drop off passengers. There also will be multi-use community spaces, and the new main entrance will include a lobby and elevator.

COMMUNITY UPDATERathbun-Gunn said that regular community updates on the project and changes in Rec Center programs that might result will resume in December, after having been curtailed because of COVID-19.

A videoconference is scheduled for Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m., she said, during which officials will respond to questions about the construction, as well as about programming and center operations.

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Former Ravens WR Torrey Smith takes on new role with West Baltimore recreation center

Former Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith has partnered with Baltimore City Recreation and Parks to run the programming at the long-closed Hilton Recreation Center, he announced Tuesday.

Smith founded the Level82 fund (formerly the Torrey Smith Family Fund) with his wife, Chanel, which aims to “leverage the power of community collaboration” to help Baltimore families. Reginald Moore, executive director of Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, said in a video announcing the partnership at the West Baltimore center that has been closed since 2008.

“We’re back to doing what we would truly feel like we were born to do, which is to help the community,” said Torrey Smith, a Maryland graduate who won a Super Bowl while playing for the Ravens from 2011 to 2014. “It’s something that, I’m not going to lie, we’re a little nervous about. But we’re excited about the responsibility to help others and to be hands-on with the community and helping to change the community one family and one individual at a time.”

Smith has long been active in the Baltimore community, and he wrote on Twitter that he’d been working on becoming more involved since retiring from the NFL last year. Smith said Tuesday that he will be a regular presence at the Hilton Recreation Center, and he plans to enroll his children in some of its programs.

“They could have chosen many places to go to renovate a rec center, but they chose Baltimore, and that means a lot to our agency,” Moore said. “It means a lot to our community.”

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East Library and Recreation Center opens its doors to the Arlington community | News

The City of Arlington’s East Library and Recreation Center, featuring an outdoor innovation space designed by UTA students, held its grand opening Monday.

The 47,249-square-foot building is the first collaboration between Arlington’s Parks and Recreation and Libraries departments and replaces the Hugh Smith Recreation Center and East Branch Library.

The recreation center is equipped with fitness and community rooms, a gym, a 113,000 gallon indoor pool, a child care center and senior lounge. The 8,500-square-foot library offers books in physical, digital and audiobook formats, as well as DVDs, free Wi-Fi and adult education classes.



East Library and Recreation Center opens its doors to the Arlington community

Lifeguards swim and demonstrate different areas of the pool during a ribbon-cutting at the East Library and Recreation Center on Nov. 9 in Arlington. The pool features a climbing wall, zip line and area for water aerobics.



Lemuel Randolph, Parks and Recreation director, said the project started around 10 to 12 years ago through the groundwork laid by the Parks and Recreation department, an invested City Council and citizen support.

The $26 million project was approved by Arlington voters, along with other community projects, in the 2014 Bond Election.

The library and recreation center will help nurture community identity, improve east Arlington neighborhoods and enhance lives, Randolph said.

Graduate architecture students Belén Vigil, Lydia Martinez and Iran Mejia were part of a 14-student group that designed the outdoor innovation space. The three attended the grand opening to talk about their design.

With an Innovation Zone grant, the team set out to extend technology access to the east Arlington community, designing pods and a gathering area.

Currently, the outdoor space has three pods with TVs, outlets, seating for two and fold-down tables. Once complete, there will be more tables and a canopy.



East Library and Recreation Center opens its doors to the Arlington community

Architecture graduate student Iran Mejia, left, talks with State Rep. Chris Turner during a ribbon-cutting at the East Library and Recreation Center on Nov. 9 in Arlington. Mejia was one of several College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs students who designed the new facility’s outdoor space.



Partnering with the Libraries and Parks and Recreation departments, the team sent surveys and met with community members to discuss what people of different age groups would want to see at the new location.

Through those interactions, especially with children, Vigil said they knew they needed to have a space for kids to play.

Libraries director Norma Zuniga said it was apparent how much Arlington loves its libraries because they have been growing alongside each other since the first library, a stored box of books, was started in 1923.

With advanced technology and over 30,000 items, she said the new library offers support for literacy and learning for all ages.

High school equivalency, English as a second language and citizenship classes are some of the adult education classes that will be offered along with workforce training.

“Libraries and parks and recreation make great neighborhoods,” Zuniga said. “The investment made in this community will leave a legacy for years

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MVP Health Care to provide free flu shots at the Miller Community Recreation Center

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When:

Saturday, November 7 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Miller Community Recreation Center

Monday, November 9 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. @ Enosburg Fire Station

Monday, November 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Martha’s Kitchen

Wednesday, November 11 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. @ Sheldon Food Distribution Center

Wednesday, November 11 from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ Northwestern Medical Center

Thursday, November 12 from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ Enosburg Fire Station

Thursday, November 12 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. @ St. Albans City Hall

Where:

Miller Community Recreation Center

130 Gosse Court

Burlington, VT 05408

Enosburg Fire Station

83 Sampsonville Road

Enosburg Falls, VT 05450

Martha’s Kitchen

139 Lake Street

St. Albans, VT 05478

Sheldon Food Distribution Center

45 Church Street

Sheldon, VT 05483

Northwestern Medical Center

133 Fairfield Street

St. Albans, VT 05478

St. Albans City Hall

100 North Main Street

St. Albans, VT 05478

You do not need to make a reservation, but you will be asked to register upon arrival.

What:

Many doctors say that having the flu and COVID-19 (coronavirus) at the same time could be very dangerous, even for healthy adults. That’s why this flu season, the best ways to stay healthy are to wear a mask, practice social distancing, and get a flu shot.

Getting a flu shot reduces your risk of flu, hospitalizations, and even death. The flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19. However, it will protect you (and your loved ones) from the many serious complications the flu can cause.

The good news is that flu shots are free for most MVP Health Care members*, no matter where you get one. And, if you get a flu shot at one of MVP Health Care’s flu shot clinics, it’s free for everyone. That means MVP Health Care members, members of other insurance companies, and even those with no insurance at all.

Visit mvphealthcare.com to learn more about how to Manage Your Health.

 

Contact:
Danielle Ruckert

RH Strategic for MVP Health Care
[email protected]

386-479-6524

 

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After 40 years, Wheels Family Fun Park could become a Durham-owned recreation center :: WRAL.com

— Wheels Fun Park is a Durham institution that has been providing family fun for decades, offering go-karts, mini golf, a skating rink and more.

But now the Durham icon is for sale.

After 40 years, the Wheels owner said it’s time for her to retire.

However, that doesn’t mean the fun park will stop bringing entertainment to the Durham community. In fact, Wheels might become a recreation center for underserved members of the surrounding community.

Even better, the new source of activities and fun for the community’s kids could help combat crime in East Durham, which is considered a high crime area.

Wheels Family Fun Park in Durham is being sold after 40 years.

Becky Olbrych, the owner of Wheels, approached the City of Durham about purchasing the facility and 8 acres of surrounding land.

During work session earlier this week, Durham City Council added the possibility of purchasing Wheels Fun Park to their agenda.

“The city has been interested in the Wheels site for recreation,” said Tom Dawson, Asst. Director of Durham Parks & Recreation.

“This site could fit some of Durham’s fondest wishes,” he said, “It’s a great opportunity to serve the people of East Durham.

Dawson said a final decision will be made by city council on November 16.

If chosen, the site will be used partially for an aquatics facility, which was recommended for East Durham in the Aquatics Masterplan.

Once the city obtains the site, they plan to hire a consultant to help with the design and lead a community engagement process to help plan how to better fit the facility into the Park system.

As part of this ‘community plan,’ they will be asking for the public’s ideas and suggestions.

“That will help answer our questions about what to keep, improve or change,” said Dawson.

This would also include a discussion about whether or not to keep the roller rink. Dawson said he suspects there will be a lot of interest in keeping it. Plus, Durham Parks & Rec already uses it for their My Durham Teens program and School Age Care programs.

“Don’t give away those skates yet,” said Dawson.

Many residents have years of fond memories attached to Wheels. One East Durham resident shared their own excitement and ideas for the project, saying, “I am looking forward to the change and growth in the area. I want them to keep the skating rink and race cars, and also more food variety.”

“I think everybody knows Wheels and has a lot of emotional connections. I think it’s a very good passing of the torch from private recreation folks to the public recreation folks,” said Dawson.

Olbrych said it’s been a pleasure to serve so many generations of Durham’s community.

“We’re going to miss everybody!” she said.

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