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Excelsior Springs Community Center was honored with two IIDA Mid America Design Awards.Continue
The Mid America chapter of IIDA recently announced the Excelsior Springs Community Center as a 2017 Gold Award recipient in the Civic + Government category and was honored with the Best of City Center | Kansas City Award! Thank you to our partners at SFS Architecture, the entire design team and the Excelsior Springs community for making this project a great success!
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Posted on April 21, 2017 at 08:59pm
Encouraging youth to be engaged and active members of the community.Continue
Lovington Class Visits The CORE Construction Site and City Facilities
This Thursday afternoon was unlike any other at The CORE’s (Center of Recreational Excellence) construction site. There was a safety briefing and luncheon, and City of Hobbs Commissioner Calderon’s class of students ranging from 15 to 18 years old from New Hope High School was bussed onto the construction site for a tour of the facility. These students were invited by Commissioner Joe Calderon and City Manager J.J. Murphy, who also accompanied them on the tour with Project Manager of Haydon Building Corp, Matt Greer. All construction had to come to a temporary pause while the class was on-site due to the safety training, and chaperones accompanied the group.
Most of the students were not familiar with what this facility is bringing to the community. As Mr. Murphy and Commissioner Calderon explained where the competition lap pool, indoor play facility, and indoor water park are being built, with an elevated indoor track wrapping throughout the facility, the students grew more and more excited. Multiple times, their faces broke into smiles and they exclaimed “I can’t wait until this opens!” One student asked if there will be a league for the soccer field, already picturing themselves playing on it. Some of their questions related to what it took to build such a facility and what types of jobs this work created. One student in particular, Oscar Salcido, is highly interested in construction as a career path and found the topics of steelwork and masonry interesting, stating, “That’s what I’m talking about.”
While walking out of the expansive facility, the students surrounded Mr. Murphy as they discussed further elements of the facility and what it will offer to the community. Students asked for links and to take photos of The CORE, as Communications Director, Meghan Mooney, told the class about options available to stay up-to-date. One of these options is The CORE’s Facebook page where video and photos updates are posted weekly. Many of the students found interest in the opportunity for employment when Ms. Mooney mentioned that this is where job openings for the facility will be posted as they are created and made available.
The class then accompanied Commissioner Calderon and Mr. Murphy on a tour of City Hall, the City Commission chambers, and the Hobbs Teen Center, as this was more than just a tour of the construction site, but an opportunity for these students to learn about job opportunities and what options are available to them in certain trade fields. At City Hall, Commissioner Calderon, City of Hobbs Streets Supervisor Anthony Maldonado, and Mr. Murphy took turns speaking to the students about life experiences, government, the importance of getting a good education, and working hard. Prior to receiving these tours and hearing from City representatives, the class toured the Dinosaur Discoveries exhibit at the Western Heritage Museum and was provided with a meal at El Mirador by Albert Caballero, a former student of Commissioner Calderon.
The City of Hobbs looks forward to educating more of the community’s youth on The CORE and the family enjoyment they will be able to gain at this facility, whether it is a place to practice a sport, gather with friends, or be employed. City Manager, J.J. Murphy, stated, “This was a great opportunity to give a tour to a group of youth, and it was actually a last minute decision which we jumped at and Haydon was great at keeping it safe and making it possible at the construction site. So often, we try to reach the youth through recreational programs, seasonal jobs, community events, and education. We thank New Hope High School and Commissioner Calderon for allowing the class to visit the construction site and be so engaged into what is going on in this community. We encourage more youth to be engaged by requesting CORE construction site visits and attending Commission meetings, following our social media outlets to stay current with news, and be overall active citizens.”
Finally, any school or civic group that would like to schedule a tour can contact our Communications Director, Meghan Mooney, at email@example.com.Hide Full Post
Posted by Meghan Mooney, Director of Communications, City of Hobbs on February 24, 2017 at 03:29pm
The Greeley Tribune highlights the details of the new 63,000-square-foot Aquatic Center.
Posted by Katarina Velazquez on November 14, 2016 at 01:59pm
A sneak peek and details of the nearly completed Sammamish Community and Aquatic CenterContinue
“Look around - It will never be this quiet again.”
- Sevda Baran, Project Manager - City of SammamishHide Full Post
Posted by Tom Corrigan on March 10, 2016 at 11:43am
Energy. Excitement. Movement. Laughter. Learning. Children. These are not the terms that come to mind when one envisions a traditional senior recreation center.Continue
If you ask Baby Boomers to describe their ideal recreation facility, those are exactly the qualities they are seeking. They are no longer content to sit still in a room and play cards; they want to move, learn, socialize, and interact with the community. They want to stay active. Once you get the clients in the door, the programs offered need to satisfy a holistic mind, body, and soul approach to wellness.
Access to equipment that maintains fitness and mobility has become an essential need for recreational facilities trying to attract Boomers. Operators should provide equipment that focuses on maintaining strength, balance, and reducing the risks of injury. In addition to the open fitness room, consider providing a smaller personal fitness room that can accommodate 2-3 people.
The passion for competitive sports still exists in Boomers. At their stage in life, full size courts are no longer desirable. Offer smaller, half-sized courts that are more forgiving on knee and hip joints and keep the gymnasium space as flexible as possible to accommodate a variety of activities. Have basketball hoops, soccer goals, and volleyball systems, and golf/batting practice nets that lower from the ceiling for flexibility and easy setup.
Warm water swimming facilities are also in high demand due to the ability to minimize impact on joints while exercising. Water Aerobics, Aqua Zumba, and the Arthritis Foundation fitness classes have become extremely popular. Provide additional fitness challenges by adding water currents for users to challenge themselves by walking with and against the current.
Albert Einstein inspired us to never give up the quest for knowledge when he said “once you stop learning, you start dying”. The active adult center needs to provide spaces that meet the needs of teaching classes, mentoring, meetings, and collaboration. Special considerations for rooms that host this type of activity are induction hearing systems, Blue Tooth enabled televisions/media systems, and sound absorbing acoustical treatments to prevent echo/reverberation.
Classrooms & Technology
Offer classes that range in topics from health, technology nutrition, social security, finances, and insurance. Consider hosting lectures from the nation’s top academics and professionals, such as Harvard, MIT, and Stanford, through online resources that provide free lectures. Technology education needs can also generate an opportunity to interact with younger generations. Try a “Teach me and I’ll teach you” mentoring program. Have a member of a younger generation teach the Boomer how to use technology and in return the youth member can receive career mentoring.
Virtual Senior Centers
Don’t limit your class size to participants inside the room, consider hosting classes and discussions online. You will be able to reach those unable to attend due to lack of transportation, child care, or mobility. Virtual senior centers allow for homebound seniors to interact and engage with peers.
Check out this life-changing pilot program for seniors in New York City: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dfta/html/newsletters/newsletter_june10.htm#article6
Strengthening the soul through social interaction is important. Multifunctional social spaces are necessary to promote formal and informal social interaction. Supply rooms with tables that can function for impromptu card games, meeting, or meals. Weekly lunches continue to be popular with the aging population.
Don’t forget about the potential for outdoor programs. Shared gardens with horticultural classes can offer unique experiences for active adult centers. Host classes on a variety of topics from composting, to harvesting, to organic fertilizers. If the facility serves weekly meals, prepare them with food from the garden. Not only will this help offset the cost of food for the meals, it will conjure feelings of pride and accomplishment to the ones who tended the garden.
Recent polls have revealed that one in ten children live with a grandparent and four in ten are primarily raised by a grandparent. (Source Pew research center) http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2010/09/09/since-the-start-of-the-great-recession-more-children-raised-by-grandparents/. Boomers need assistance with childcare to be able to use facilities. Offering a childcare area for participants to use while members participate in programs is a key attraction. Major retailers like IKEA and Giant Eagle (grocer) have addressed child care needs by providing child care service while customers are shopping.
Figuring out how to provide a range of services that satisfy the needs of the boomer can be a bit daunting. There are several issues operators must address to offer successful active adult programs. One of the largest considerations is the facility itself. Take a look at the community’s needs and determine if there is benefit in integrating the two standalone centers into one.
At the end of the day we need to applaud the baby boomers' efforts for paving the way for generations to follow. They have tirelessly asked community leaders to evolve senior centers. I encourage facility operators, recreation programmers, and designers, to look to boomers for ideas in how to teach and inspire younger generations to be active, strong and defy ideas of conventional aging.Hide Full Post
Posted by Carrie Heimmer, RA, LEED GA on October 1, 2015 at 12:54pm
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