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Archive for Saturday, August 11, 2001

New options for campus recreation

Expanded fitness center now includes extra workout space

August 11, 2001

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Options for recreation on and near the Kansas Univer-sity campus abound, and a few new features should only increase the choices for students, officials said.

A new fitness center to strengthen the offerings of Robinson Center will be on the top floor of Burge Union this fall. The 2,000-square-foot facility will feature cardiovascular machines and circuit-training weight machines, said Mary Chappell, director of recreation services at KU.

"We're trying to give students another place to work out," she said. "It should complement well what we already have available."

The top floor of Burge previously contained a computer store.

The new center will provide extra workout space until the completion of a $17 million student recreation fitness center, which is scheduled to open during the 2002-2003 school year, Chappell said.

In addition to the new workout facility at Burge, plans have been made to revive a discontinued program in which students can rent equipment for camping or other related activities.

Called "Outdoor Pursuits," the program is a renewal of a previous one called "Wild-erness Discovery," which operated sporadically and ended in May, Chappell said.

"There's not a whole lot of (camping and outdoor) gear students can get at a store for a few dollars," she said.

Other recreational opportunities include walking and running, swimming, weightlifting, racquetball, basketball, rock and wall climbing, tennis, sand volleyball, ultimate Frisbee and bowling.

Indoor running and walking can be done at Anchutz Sports Pavillion or outdoors throughout KU's campus. Chappell said maps of suggested courses are available from Recreation Services in the Robinson Center, 1301 Sunnyside Ave.

Robinson offers two pools for swimming and a weight room with cardiovascular machines, weight machines and free weights. It also has racketball courts, basketball courts, a gymnastics room, combative arts rooms for karate and boxing, and a climbing wall.

Near Robinson are eight tennis courts and four sand volleyball pits. The grassy areas to the east of the gym and south of Watkins Memorial Health Center provide space for frisbee and other activities.

Jaybowl inside the Kansas Union, 1321 Oread Ave., offers bowling, billiards and video-games.

Shenk Sports Complex, at the corner of 23rd and Iowa streets, is available to KU students and faculty for soccer, football and other activities. Call 864-3546 for availability.

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