RecPlex changes hours

April 14th, 2011

If you like pumping iron at odd hours of the night, you will have to revise your schedule. Starting last week, the JCU Recreation Department released their new hours.

Courtney Farver, interim director of recreation, said, “After conducting a usage analysis, RecPlex hours were changed to better reflect the true usage of our facilities by students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni patrons.”

The RecPlex hours are broken down into three categories. The first includes the Intramural Gymnasium, the indoor suspended jogging track and the racquetball courts. These were formerly open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and from 10 a.m. until 1 a.m. on Thursday to Friday. Under the revised hours of operation, the Sunday to Thursday hours will be from 10 a.m. to midnight and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The hours of the Corbo Weight and Cardiovascular Room will mostly remain the same, with the exception of Sunday. Before the changes, it was only open on Sundays from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. Now the Rec department has extended the Sunday hours until midnight.

The swimming pool hours have not changed. The natatorium will remain open on Mondays through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays it will be open from noon until 6 p.m.

According to Brendan McLaughlin, the recreation and fitness graduate assistant, the new schedule will be much more practical. “We found that the majority of JCU students were not using the facility after midnight.”

Sophomore Recreation Assistant Ryan Teknipp has worked the late shift every Monday and Wednesday this semester. “There was rarely anyone there [at the Rec Desk] from 12 -1 [a.m.] anyways. There aren’t a lot of people there [from] 11 to 12 [a.m.] either,” he said.

According to Farver, “Our hours still allow the early risers and night owls to benefit from getting a quality workout in the Corbo Room or even a late night pick-up basketball game to be completed in the RecPlex gym. By having a facility that is open all but six hours per day lends a hand at being patron-friendly.”

The changes also align with other universities’ fitness center hours. “We contacted other colleges and universities in Northeast Ohio and found similar results,” said McLaughlin.

In addition to accommodating the students more appropriately, this shift helps the Recreation department financially as well. “The small change in RecPlex hours will reflect in our department’s cost savings, and will in turn be put back into meeting the needs of those that utilize our facility the most: JCU students,” Farver said.

Teknipp is happy about the change in hours. “I think people [other recreation staff] are pretty excited about it,” said Teknipp. “There will be less problems to deal with because we’ll be closing earlier; it helps out the employees mainly, not having to stay so late.”

Several students have asked Teknipp about the change, but he said that none seemed to be too upset. “There have been some students who wanted to know why. If they want to know, all they have to do is talk to Brendan McLaughlin.”

According to Farver, the overall benefit of the schedule change will be positive. “We strive to be a place on campus where students come to relieve stress and build strength, and to in turn regain stamina, physically and mentally.”