Construction of Eastern Kentucky University’s new Recreation Center’s grand opening date has been pushed back to next year. 

The Rec Center was originally expected to open Spring 2019, but was pushed back to Fall 2019. Recent updates confirm it will not be finished until the year 2020.

“We are pushing for it to be completed by Spring 2020,” said Brian Wilcox, associate vice president for Facilities Services and Capital Planning said via email. “The remaining work to be done on the rec center pertains to landscaping, site lighting, sidewalks, plaza work, gymnasium wood flooring, and the swimming pool,” said Wilcox.

Patrick Mckee, EKU sustainability manager, added that the building will be more central to most of the residence halls on campus. It will also be a much larger building, as the new Rec Center will be approximately 130,000 square feet, more than twice the size of the current Rec Center. 

Included in the new Rec Center will be three full basketball courts, a golf simulator, flexible classroom space, activity space for dance and yoga, and an outdoor terrace. There will also be a two-story climbing wall, bouldering, game room, running or walking track, and weight room with new pieces of equipment, according to an email from Wilcox. 

Funding for the new Rec Center and the Powell renovation came from a special use fee that was approved by the 2014-2015 student senate, according to a letter from President Benson on

 The expected revenue from the special usage fee for the 2019-2020 year is set at just over four million dollars in the EKU operating budget.

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