5 Things You Need to Know About the New University Recreation Center


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1. At UNC Charlotte, we have access to top academic programs, robust student life opportunities and a beautiful campus setting. So, what's missing? 


ANSWER:  A dedicated space for student recreation and fitness that promotes an active, healthy lifestyle, available for you when you want it.

If you currently work out, play on rec courts, participate in intramurals or sport clubs, swim in Belk Pool or take group fitness classes, you know the shared spaces in Belk Gym and the Student Activity Center are increasingly popular as student demand and enrollment continue to grow.

The University Recreation Center is a $63.5M project funded by student fees that will provide a dedicated recreation facility for UNC Charlotte students. Construction begins in the summer of 2017. The facility is expected to open in Fall 2019.



2. This building looks amazing. What's inside? 


ANSWER:  The new multi-level facility will feature a variety of spaces, equipment and services requested by students during focus groups and surveys.

Everything in the new center is designed to help you lead a healthier, active lifestyle. Features include: an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, multi-purpose courts, group fitness studios, a cycling studio, an elevated running/walking track, fitness space including cardio and strength training equipment, and more. 

View a time lapse of the construction!


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3. How will it be funded?

Student Fees

ANSWER:  The University Recreation Center will be funded by student fees, but with no increase to student debt fees for new construction.

The timing could not be better for a new campus recreation center at UNC Charlotte. Students typically pay fees for facility construction and operating costs. However, due to the retirement of the Barnhardt Student Activity Center debt fee and the pending reduction of the Student Union debt fee, there is no need to raise students fees to cover the cost of construction of the University Recreation Center.  

Students will see an annual operating fee phased in over the next four years of $15 per year until reaching the facility's full operating fee of $65 per year in 2020-21. The purpose of the phased increase is to ensure that those paying the full annual fee enjoy full access to the facility. It is also important to note that despite this change, students will only incur a net increase of $50 in their overall University fees. This is because UNC Charlotte has been able to retire enough debt to reduce the debt fee by $15.

Campuses across the country have invested in dedicated recreational facilities, knowing that the benefits to students in terms of physical health, stress management and emotional well-being are critical to their successful academic performance and college life experience.

Other UNC system universities with dedicated student recreation centers include UNC-CH, UNC-G, ECU, ASU and UNC-W.



4. Did I hear we'll get a new pool?


ANSWER:  YES.  Two pools, in fact.

The University Recreation Center will offer an indoor pool and outdoor pool.  The indoor pool will have four 25-yard long swimming lanes, zero depth entry, a vortex (whirlpool) area, underwater benches and a water feature. This will accommodate lap swimming and water activities like fitness classes, water basketball and water volleyball.  The facility will also include a smaller, outdoor recreational pool.  Note: The pool in Belk Gym will remain open to support additional lap swimming as well as academic and athletics needs.



5. What about parking?


ANSWER:  Two parking lots will be impacted by construction to allow for this much-needed facility to advance.

  • Lot 18:  All six floors of the Union Deck are being extended toward Cameron Boulevard, eliminating the small surface parking lot, Lot 18.  The majority of the existing deck will remain open during construction. The expanded deck should be fully accessible by Fall 2018.
  • Lot 19: The new University Recreation Center is being built on Lot 19, the former surface parking lot on the corner of Craver and Cameron, across from Woodward. This parking lot is closed permanently and is under construction.


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Questions about the new University Recreation Center?

Email us at recservices@uncc.edu!