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    Zoning definition for "commercial recreation?"

    Please point me in the right direction for a good zoning definition for "Commercial Recreation."

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    Since today is not my first day on the Internet, I have already exhausted that avenue..... Thanks for the wise insight.......

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    Focus your question more, then.

    What specifically are you looking for in a definition that you have yet to find?
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    Quote Originally posted by Seagirly20
    Please point me in the right direction for a good zoning definition for "Commercial Recreation."
    My city's zoning bylaw does not have a definition for "Commercial Recreation", but it does have one for "commercial Recreation Center", as follows:

    "a commercial establishment where participatory athletic, recreational or physical fitness facilities are provided for gain or profit, and includes without limiting the generality of the foregoing, a commercial health fitness and exercise spa or club, a commercial ice or roller skating rink, a commerrcial squash, tennis or golfing facility and a commercial outdoor recreation area, but does not include a riding stable, amusement center or amusement park." (Note : "Amusement Center" and "Amusement Park" are defined separately in the bylaw.)

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    I am also in need of a definition of "commercial recreation." The problem is, it needs to be the definition from the book "A Planners Dictionary" published by the APA Press. Does anyone have a copy of this book who could provide me with this definition from it, verbatim? Thanks so much!

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    Quote Originally posted by cmdrico7812 View post
    I am also in need of a definition of "commercial recreation." The problem is, it needs to be the definition from the book "A Planners Dictionary" published by the APA Press. Does anyone have a copy of this book who could provide me with this definition from it, verbatim? Thanks so much!
    So be it:

    recreation, commercial

    Any establishment whose main purpose is to provide the general public with an amusing or entertaining activity and where tickets are sold or fees are collected for the activity. Includes, but not limited to, skating rinks, water slides, miniature golf courses, arcades, bowling alleys, and billiard halls, but not movie theaters. (Durham, N.C.)

    Any commercial enterprise which receives a fee in return for the provision of some recreational activity including but not limited to: racquet clubs, health facilities, and amusement parks, but not including amusement centers. (Limington, Maine)

    recreation, commercial indoor

    A commercial recreational land use conducted entirely within a building, including arcade, arena, art gallery and studio,art center, assembly hall, athletic and health clubs, auditorium, bowling alley, club or lounge, community center, conference center, exhibit hall, gymnasium, library, movie theater, museum, performance theater, pool or billiard hall, skating rink, swimming pool, tennis court. (Glenwood Springs, Colo.)

    An indoor facility, with or without seating for spectators, and providing accommodations for a variety of individual, organized, or franchised sports, including but not limited to basketball, ice hockey, wrestling, soccer, tennis, volleyball, racquetball, or handball. Such facility may also provide other regular organized or franchised events, health and fitness club facilities, swimming pool, snack bar, restaurant, retail sales of related sports, health or fitness items, and other support facilities. (South Boston, Mass.)

    recreation, commercial outdoor

    Predominantly participant uses conducted in open or partially enclosed or screened facilities. Typical uses include driving ranges, miniature golf, swimming pools, tennis courts, outdoor racquetball courts, motorized cart and motorcycle tracks, and motorized model airplane flying facilities. (Blacksburg, Va.)

    Commercial recreation premises consisting of woodlands, water courses, and fields used for active recreational activities that do not require modifying the existing setting, including but not limited to, paintball, laser tag, and orienteering. (Durham, N.C.)

    Recreational uses conducted almost wholly outdoors, including golf driving ranges (not associated with a golf course), miniature golf, firing ranges, water parks, amusement parks, and similar uses. (Renton, Wash.)

    A recreational land use conducted outside of a building, characterized by potentially moderate impacts on traffic, the natural environment, and the surrounding neighborhood, including athletic fields; miniature golf; skateboard park; swimming, bathing, wading and other therapeutic facilities; tennis, handball, basketball courts; batting cages, trampoline facilities. (Glenwood Springs, Colo.)
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    Thanks! One more thing. Could you also post the definition for "recreation facilities, private?" Thanks so much!

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    Quote Originally posted by cmdrico7812 View post
    Thanks! One more thing. Could you also post the definition for "recreation facilities, private?" Thanks so much!
    Recreation facility, private-

    Country clubs, riding stables, golf courses, and other private noncommercial recreation areas and facilities, or recreation centers, including private swimming pools. (Rapid City, S.Dak.)

    A private recreational facility for use solely by the residents and guests of a particular residential development, planned unit development, or residential neighborhood, including indoor and outdoor facilities. These facilities are usually proposed or planned in association with development and are usually located within or adjacent to such development. (Blacksburg, Va.)

    Clubs or recreation facilities for which a membership charge may be made and which are open only to bona fide members and their guests. A private recreational facility may not be open or available to members of the general public. (Santa Rosa, Calif.)
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    We just redid our ordinance relating to recreation facilities. Here's our new definitions which was largely lifted from the APA Definitions Book:

    Recreation, commercial indoor – A recreational facility conducted entirely indoors for commercial purposes, with or without seating for spectators, and providing accommodations for a variety or individual, organized or franchised sports, including wrestling, soccer, tennis, volleyball, racquetball, handball, bowling, skating, and ice skating. Such facility may also provide other regular organized or franchised events, such as children’s amusements, dance studios and instruction, music schools and instruction, martial arts studios and instruction, skateboard facilities, trampoline or gymnastics facilities, large health and fitness club facilities, swimming pools, snack bar, restaurant, retail sales or related sports, health, or fitness items, and other support facilities.

    Recreation, commercial outdoor – A recreational facility conducted for commercial purposes and outside of a building with any of the uses included in commercial indoor recreation and also including uses such as athletic fields, miniature golf, outdoor skateboard park; swimming, bathing, wading, and other therapeutic facilities; children’s tennis, handball, basketball courts, batting cages, and trampoline facilities.

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