New fitness facility to open during fall semester
For most of summer 2012, there was a GREAT BIG HOLE in the University Drive-side of the Sports and Activity Center. That space, soon to be enclosed with windows, is becoming the new UW-Parkside Strength and Conditioning Center.
The university's Director of Athletics Tamie Falk-Day said the new fitness facility was needed to meet student expectations.
"Students expect to have a quality workout space when they arrive on campus," Falk-Day said. "The old space did not allow us to integrate more free weight equipment and ground-based training space that students have become accustomed to using in their high schools and community fitness centers."
Featuring what Falk-Day calls an "industrial look; very open," the Strength and Conditioning Center's layout features a mezzanine that provides additional workout space and state-of-the-art Life Fitness and Hammer Strength equipment. The windows and other amenities are added bonuses.
"It was more cost effective to add the mezzanine level for more space than to add onto the building," Falk-Day said. As for the windows, "We have a beautiful campus and it will be nice to see it while you're working out. We've also added TVs to the hallway just outside the new Center to create a space for students to relax and socialize. I can't wait for Packer Sundays or March Madness to use this area!"
Falk-Day said the university's student-athletes are excited about the new facility. But she emphasized the Strength and Conditioning Center is not just for "jocks" but for all students.
"This facility is a part of UW-Parkside's commitment to student success. Having a facility to assist students in maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle is expected by today's students," she said.
Falk-Day expects the $1.5 million project to be completed by late October with the "grand opening" to take place at the start of spring semester. She thanked Parkside Student Government and university students for their financial support of the project which was paid for through increased segregated fees.
Part-time students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members can purchase a membership to use the new center and all other spaces in the Sports and Activity Center.