University Rec Center Openings, Renovations in Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida, New York

Eastern Kentucky University
Photo courtesy Eastern Kentucky University. , This month, the new rec center opened at Eastern Kentucky University, featuring three times more cardio and strength space than the former facility.

Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, officially opened its student rec center on Jan. 13, paid for by student fees. The center features an adventure program, three times more cardio and strength space, three group exercise rooms, a climbing wall, three basketball courts, a multi-activity court for indoor soccer, three racquetball courts as well as space for club and intramural sports. An aquatics facility will open in a couple of months and will include a spa, a zero-entry pool, vortex pool and a four-lane lap pool, according to the Richmond Register.

University of North Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina, opened its $66 million, five-story, 148,000-square-foot rec center earlier this month. It is the university's first dedicated facility for student recreation and wellness initiatives. Previously, the rec and wellness offerings had been split between two facilities. A second phase of the project could add up to 10,000 square feet in the future, according to the Charlotte Business Journal. The facility offers 30,000 square feet of strength training with adjustable benches and cardio equipment. a multicourt gym, indoor track with inclines and declines, outdoor basketball and sand volleyball courts. It also has five multipurpose studios for more than 80 group fitness classes, including cycling, yoga and Pilates. The indoor pool has four 25-meter lanes for lap swimming with an outdoor pool to open this spring. A demonstration kitchen will be used to teach students how to eat healthy on a budget.

Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Meyers, Florida, is on track to open its $18.2 million, two-story, 46,000-square-foot campus rec center on Feb 7, according to Eagle News. The rec center, which was constructed to not interfere with neighboring wetlands, will have two studios for fitness classes, indoor courts, a weight training room, a cardio deck that overlooks the wetlands and a gym area. Construction for the second phase of the project has not been set but will include an additional 75,000 to 80,000 square feet and feature more multipurpose, weight room and basketball space, as well as an indoor cycle studio and indoor climbing gym.

SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, New York, has begun the first phase of a three-phase renovation to Memorial Hall, one of the college's athletic buildings. Renovations will occur in the main lobby and administration offices as well as in the pool area, which was closed in fall 2019 because of the need for costly repairs. The pool area will be converted into a student recreational space for basketball, pickleball, badminton, volleyball, indoor tennis and floor hockey. The area housing the pool's mechanical infrastructure will be renovated into a strength and conditioning room for student-athletes, according to the Press-Republican.

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