Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Cabin Fever Reliever

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Cabin Fever Reliever

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As temperatures continue to fall across most of the country, people are turning to their indoor park and rec facilities to stay active and find relief from cabin fever. In Ohio, the Westerville Community Center serves as the main hub for patrons looking for fun, indoor activities when the weather is undesirable. "The Westerville Community Center blends all the traditional services and programs of a park and recreation department with many regional-specific favorites and local lifestyle pursuits," says Randy Auler, Westerville's Director of Parks and Recreation. "At 96,000 square feet, there's space for an indoor water park, track, gymnasium, fitness room, indoor climbing wall, locker rooms, program rooms, indoor playground, and child-care and public meeting areas. Offering approximately 2,000 programs a quarter, many in these spaces, the center is widely used by its patrons."

According to Auler, weather is a big predictor for how busy the center gets, with colder months traditionally contributing to more "cabin fever reliever"-inspired programming. Of all of the amenities, the community center's most popular may be the indoor playground, nicknamed the "Tree Top," which serves as one of the welcoming attractions to the more than 800,000 visitors to the center each year. …

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