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Community Programs & Activities

        Community sports programs and recreational activities can be included in a multipurpose facility to provide an enjoyable, affordable and entertaining experience for families. Outdoor fields may consist of natural and/or artificial turf and rubberized playing surfaces.

        Opportunities to finance the construction of an indoor sports and recreational facility heavily depends on the established base of existing outdoor sports and recreational activities plus the demographics of the com- munity's economy combined the influence of the region's geography and climate.

        The population of elite individuals who are training for international competitions in their sport rarely will support the construction of the need facilities in their home community unless a group like a sports associa- tion or university funds an Olympic training facility and promotes a large number of athletes who can relo- cate to national training site.

        Outdoor sports facilities are typically owned and operated by a school and/or park and recreational departments, a college, university or state park agency.  Such facilities are designed to develop life long recreational skills of community residents with an emphasis on nurturing the abilities of young athletes.  The combination of both types of sports enthusiasts provide a wide revenue base to fund the con- struction, maintenance, and operating expenses of sports facilities.

        The combination of several sports, with similar needs, in one facility lowers the operating expenses of a multi-purpose complex compared to the construction and operation of separate sport facilities that duplicate administrative, operational, and maintenance expenses. Sharing parking, field houses, public rest rooms, etc. substantially lowers operating expenses of a larger facility. Generation of green power, reuse of heat and cooling capacity, recycling of water, etc., share a common need to have a minimum investment in equipment to optimize its use in order to achieve an affordable break-even point and amortization period.

        A consortium of sports interests benefit from working together in the planning and financing of a multi- sport complex. Many individuals may talk the talk, but lack the leadership traits and the persuasive per- sonality of a project champion who is essential in organizing a group of individuals, associations, and business leaders to become a Local Organizing Committee (LOC).  Such a group is necessary to provide the driving force to galvanize public support to for a local agency to put a measure on the ballot to approve bonds to finance the project.

        Ideally, a professional major or minor league sports team or another major business with a philanthropic interest can be recruited to provide the initial source of financial backing to hire an attorney to create and file the 501 (C3) non profit papers, fund a study for a preliminary feasibility study based on the community demographics, and hire an architectural firm to provide a initial drawing, rendering, and estimate of construction costs for the concept.

 

 Mission and Vision Statement of a
Local Organizing Committee (LOC)
Project

“Our Mission is to develop a year round complex for sporting and recreational activities for all ages to develop the total individual - their spirit, mind and body. This will be accomplished by providing sporting and recreational programs that build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.”

"Our vision of developing such a complex is to provide the community with an ownership that represents a diversity of ages and ethnic groups who will use the complex.

Such a multi-purpose center becomes a growing force designed to unify, not divide communities. This vision involves serving the community's full range of recreational and wellness needs from toddlers to seniors."


Example of a Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Project

        The lists below are provided as a starting point of considering which sports and activities can be incorp- orated into plans to develop small to large complexes based on a community's needs and ability to financial such faacilities in stages or as a single project. Construction and operation costs can vary widely from state to state depending on the region's economic effect on the cost of land, construction materials, labor, and energy.

Warm Weather Seasonal Outdoor Sports and Activities:

  • Archery
    • Recreation and competitive activities for residents.  Outdoor shoot range with metered lights.
  • Baseball - Hardball
    • Recreation and competitive activities for residents.  Outdoor diamonds with metered lights and field house.
  • Baseball - Softball
    • Recreation and competitive activities for residents.  Outdoor diamonds with metered lights.
  • Basketball - League and Pickup Games
    • Recreation and competitive activities for residents. Outdoor courts with metered lights.
  • Bicycle Track or velodrome
    • Recreation and competitive activities for residents. Outdoor track with metered lights.
  • Football
    • Recreation and Sports Activities for residents.  Outdoor fields with metered lights and field house.
  • Golf
    • Recreation and competitive activities for residents. Par 3 nine hole course with metered lights and field house.
  • Multi-Purpose Fields
    • Flag football, kickball, etc.  75 x 178 yard fields for multipurpose recreation and competitive activities for residents. Outdoor courts and fields with metered lights.
Seasonal Outdoor Sports and Activities sometimes offered indoors in cold climates:
  • Soccer
    • Recreation and competitive activities for residents.  Outdoor fields with metered lights and field house.
  • Lacrosse
    • Recreation and competitive activities for residents.  Outdoor fields with metered lights and field house.
  • Track and Field, Cross Country
    • Recreation and competitive activities for residents.  Outdoor fields with metered lights and field house.
  • Tennis
    • Recreation and competitive activities for residents. Outdoor courts with metered lights.
Year Round Indoor Sports and Activities sometimes offered outdoors in mild Climates:
  • Racquetball Courts
    • Recreation and competitive activities for residents. (3 wall and 4 wall) courts with metered lights.
  • Squash Courts
    • Recreation and competitive activities for residents. (3 wall and 4 wall) courts with metered lights.
  • Handball Courts
    • Recreation and competitive activities for residents. (3 wall and 4 wall) courts with metered lights.
  • Volleyball
    • Recreation and competitive activities for residents. Seasonal outdoor courts with metered lights.
  • Badminton
    • Recreation and competitive activities for residents. Outdoor courts. Seasonal outdoor courts with metered lights.
  • Swimming - Seasonal outdoor pools recreation and competitive activities for residents
    • Learn to swim programs for children ages 6 months to adult and adult water fitness programs in an indoor pool environment available year round. Outdoor pool available in warm weather with metered lights.
  • Water Polo
      • Recreation and competitive activities for residents. Outdoor pool available in warm weather with metered lights.
Cold Weather Seasonal Sports and Activities seasonal outdoors and all year indoors:
  • Hockey
    • Recreation and competitive activities for residents. Multiple ice surfaces for anyone wanting to learn how to play recreational or competitive hockey. Children and adults welcome.
  • Speed Skating
    • Recreation and competitive activities for residents. Multiple ice surfaces for anyone loving to skate or wanting to learn how to participate on short track speed skating teams. Children and adults welcome.
  • Figure Skating
    • Recreation and competitive activities for residents. Multiple ice surfaces for anyone loving to skate or wanting to learn how to participate in singles, pairs, dance, and synchronized skating teams. Children and adults welcome.
  • Curling
    • Recreation and competitive activities for residents. Multiple ice surfaces for anyone wanting to learn how to play recreational or competitive hockey. Children and adults welcome.
Indoor Middle & High School Varsity, Jr. Varsity, and Intramural Sports Program:
  • Gymnastics
    • Competitive activities for students on gymnastic apparatus.
  • Wrestling
    • Competitive activities for students.
  • Basketball
    • Recreational and competitive activities for students.
  • Indoor Track
    • Competitive activities for students in outdoor track and field events.
  • Table Tennis
    • Recreational and competitive activities for students.
  • Fencing
    • Recreational and competitive activities for students.
Park & Rec or Private Facility Indoor and Outdoor Programs for community residents:
  • Pre School Child Care
    • Allows young parents to participate in recreational and sporting activities for community residents.
  • After School Child Care
    • Allows young parents to participate in recreational and sporting activities of community residents.
  • Latch Key After School Child Care
    • Provides supervision of children after school for working parents of community residents.
  • Youth Activities Association Program for 1st - 12th Grades
  • Fitness/Recreation and competitive activities
    • Weight Training/Conditioning rooms.
  • Boxing - recreation and competitive activities 
    • Areas for practice and competitive matches.
  • Martial Arts - Recreation and Sports Activities 
    • Yoga
    • Karate
    • Aikido
    • Taoist
    • Kung Fu
    • Kick Boxing
  • Dance - Recreation and competitive activities 
    • Ballroom  dance - Sports Dancing
    • Square dancing
    • Round dancing
    • Clogging
    • Irish and other Folk Dancing
    • Ballet
    • Jazzercise
Senior Facility Programs - social and recreation activities for community residents:
  • Card Games
    • Cribbage
    • Bridge
    • Canasta
    • Gin Rummy
    • Poker
    • Bingo
  • Games
    • Pool or Billiards
    • Shuffle board
    • Badminton
    • Boccie Ball
    • Croquet
  • Dancing - Social
    • Ballroom
    • Square dancing
    • Round Dancing
  • Sewing and Quilting
  • Knitting and Crocheting
  • Needle Point and Hooking
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Clay Sculpture and Firing Ceramic Objects
  • Cooking - Gourmet, ethnic dishes, dietetic - low fat, low salt
  • Music - instrument and vocal
Other Community Facilities:
  • Community meeting resources -
    • Multi-purpose rooms
    • Conference and meeting rooms
    • Multi-purpose stage for theater and performing arts - orchestra, choir, dance, & stage productions
  • Off Leash Dog Park (large and small) -
    • Provides supervision of socialized dogs off leash for community residents.
  • Skateboard Park -
    • Provides supervision of children and adult community residents who wish to skateboard legally instead of invading shopping centers, streets, and schools.
  • Go Cart and Off Road Bike Racing -
    • Provides supervision of children and adult community residents who wish to legally race go carts and off road bikes instead of invading shopping center parking lots, streets, and schools.
Attracting New Athletes to Participate in Independently Hosted Sports

Marketing A Sports Program

Health & Wellness Services

Recommended Reading:
Transformation of an Olympic Oval
References:
  1. Park and Recreation owned and operated community rinks
  2. Church Owned and Operated Community Centers
  3. Private Membership Skating Clubs
  4. Privately Owned Rinks Open to Public
  1. Market Analysis Summary
  2. Amenities and Services
  3. Naming Rights
  4. Strategy and Implementation Summary
  5. Community Programs & Activities
  6. Charter Schools   High School of the Arts
  7. Competitive & Recreation Athletes Health & Wellness Services
  8. Management Summary
  9. Job Descriptions
  10. Financial Plan
  11. Ice Rink Executive Summary
  • Historical Background:
Resources:

The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

Sports & Learning Complex Business Plan
Market Analysis Summary
Sports Facility Amenities
Sports Facility Services
Naming Rights
Strategy and Implementation Summary
Community Programs & Activities
Competitive Sports & Recreational Activities
PDF  Marketing Skating To Schools
PDF  Long Term Leasing Skating Rinks

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