Proponents have worked for many years to win approval of a new recreation facility at North Idaho College

Proponents have worked for many years to win approval of a new recreation facility at North Idaho College.

Plans Approved for Recreation Center at North Idaho College

Construction expected to begin in 2016 on 29,000-square-foot, $7.9 million facility.

North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene has approved plans for a $7.9 million, 29,000-square-foot recreation center.

Student fees and staff memberships will pay for the facility, which will be built on campus in a space now occupied by tennis courts. The college is now seeking bids for architectural services for the project. Construction is expected to begin next year.

As envisioned, the facility would have a rock climbing wall, jogging track, weight machines, free weights, cardio machines and other fitness equipment; basketball and volleyball courts; locker rooms and an outdoor recreation/resource center.

Project proponents say the additional recreation space is needed because college's indoor recreation program must share Christianson Gym with the athletics department.

Recreation and fitness proponents have been working for many years to provide more space for programs at North Idaho College. In 2002, a Recreation Center Development Committee was established to find solutions to the lack of recreational facilities on campus. In 2003, the Associated Students of North Idaho College supported a recreation center plan.

Students approved paying fees of as much as $100 per semester to pay for construction of the recreation center.

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