Rec Sports Master Plan puts students first

A lot has changed since 2012. Carly Rae Jepsen is no longer at the top of the charts, Gordon Commons has been replaced by Gordon Dining and Event Center, and we started to make major progress on the Rec Sports Master Plan. For those of you who are new to campus, let’s review: 2012: After …

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Groundbreaking ceremony brings us one step closer to the Nick

On a rainy Monday morning in May, more than 100 people gathered at LaBahn Arena to officially break ground on the Nicholas Recreation Center, expected to open in the fall of 2019. Representatives from Rec Sports, UW Athletics, the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA), and campus offices welcomed donors and students to celebrate the facility. …

The Final Semester of the SERF: What’s next?

It’s true. This spring is expected to be the final full semester of the Southeast Recreational Facility. *Cue gasps/tears/cheers* Although actual demolition of the existing SERF isn’t scheduled until fall 2017, it’s never too early to start talking about plans. And we know you’ve got questions. The first of which is probably, “Where am I …

5 Reasons why the new SERF is very good news.

Yes, the SERF is coming down.  Scheduled to begin in July 2017, the Southeast recreational facility is going to be decommissioned.  That means that the deconstruction and demolition process will begin.  Once complete, the site will be readied for new construction and the new facility will be built on the same site with an anticipated opening …

Construction Begins on Near West Playfields Upgrade

It has begun!  The Master Plan, that is.  If you're still unfamiliar with what the Master Plan is- our Director, John Horn, recently did a great interview with Athletic Business magazine which will provide you with a good knowledge-base!  In reality the Master Plan has been in the works for over a year already.  There has been a …

Think Big: What does the future of recreation look like at Wisconsin?

The last time the architects for the new SERF were on campus (psst... in case you missed it, those firms are HOK and Workshop Architects), they chatted with several groups of students about the project. Members of student government and Badgers for Recreational Reform - a student organization formed in Fall 2013 - were given the opportunity to …

Environmental Impact of Near West Fields

Planning and design continues for the Near West Playfields project. As with all major construction projects, it is standard practice to perform an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) that does exactly what its name implies. In cooperation with several state agencies, including the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), the engineering firm assigned to the project (GRAEF) reported back …

Top Ten Things You Should Know about the Rec Sports Master Plan.

#1. Rec Sports facilities are overcrowded, outdated, and far behind the national standards for fitness space per person on a college campus. #2. In 2012, students approached Rec Sports Director John Horn about reopening a Master Plan for new recreational facilities at UW-Madison. Students specifically requested we consider improvements at the SERF, Natatorium, and Near …

Students vote in support of Rec Sports Master Plan

Students voted in support of a Rec Sports Master Plan that will significantly upgrade campus’ heavily used recreational sports facilities. The ASM Spring Elections were held from March 3-5 with a final vote of 12,070-1,914, accounting for 34.4% of the total campus.  The project includes the construction of a new SERF, Natatorium and two outdoor …

Athletics speaks out on financial contribution to campus

In the days leading up to the referendum, much talk has surfaced regarding Athletics' contribution to the Master Plan and to campus in general. The Athletics Department shed some light on the financial support it provides to campus in this article from The Cap Times. Rec Sports reminds students of the following facts related to voting on …

Chancellor Rebecca Blank comments on campus recreation

from Blank’s Slate Proposed improvements in our Recreational Sports facilities Posted on February 24, 2014 by Chancellor Blank Students at UW–Madison will face a very important question in the ASM spring elections. The ballot for the elections, held March 3-5, will include a referendum question about whether to fund a comprehensive renovation of our campus recreational facilities. The …

Response to email questions about Athletics and the referendum

The Division of Recreational Sports and the UW Athletic Department are two separately managed units at UW-Madison. Though they share some facility space, they do not share budgets, revenue streams, or other funding sources. If students choose to vote against the Master Plan, this result will have no impact on UW Athletics' contribution to any Rec Sports …

Rec Sports explains students’ voting options (YES vs. NO) for the Master Plan

On March 3-5, students will have the opportunity to vote online in the ASM Spring Elections on the Rec Sports Master Plan. The vote will be included as a referendum on the student government ballot. Students may choose whether they support the Rec Sports Master Plan (with a YES vote) for new facilities or not (with a NO vote*).  …

Kinesiology & Occupational Therapy benefits of Master Plan

With support of the Master Plan, the Kinesiology department will remain at the Natatorium with expanded space for its programs and instruction. Please keep in mind that student segregated fees will not be used to fund the Kinesiology spaces. Here are some of the plans for the academic portion at the Natatorium:  A single location …

Clarifications to concerns about environmental impact of Master Plan

Rec Sports has heard several questions and concerns about the environmental impact of the Master Plan. An article in The Badger Herald yesterday focused on some of these concerns and the Division has addressed these issues below: As a steward of students’ money, Rec Sports does not intend to spend students’ money on a project that …

Rec Sports Master Plan: What happens if it doesn’t pass?

On March 3-5, students will have the opportunity to vote on the Rec Sports Master Plan for new recreation facilities on campus. Voting will occur online as part of the ASM Spring Elections. The following information details the consequences if students choose not to support the Master Plan, either by not voting at all or …

Sustainability a priority in Rec Sports Master Plan

Throughout the Master Plan process Rec Sports has placed an emphasis on creating a plan that prioritizes sustainability at each facility. While the Master Plan asks students to support an increase in segregated fees, new facilities would be more energy-efficient and cost-effective than the current facilities (even after substantial repairs and maintenance projects). The United …

Rec Sports announces alternative workout sites during Master Plan construction

2017-2019 (SERF under construction) Ogg Hall Main Lounge Available to all eligible Rec Sports users Fitness space created for cardio, strength and free weight equipment Gordon Dining & Event Center Potential for some group fitness classes 2019-2021 (Natatorium under construction) Frank Holt Center  Dejope Residence Hall Study Areas Eagle Heights Community Center Please Note:  Use of …

43 percent of funding locked in for Rec Sports Master Plan

Yesterday The Badger Herald published an article about funding for the Rec Sports Master Plan. The Division has developed a funding model in which a minimum of 43% ($97 million) has been secured for the project (estimated at a total cost of $223 million). The chancellor and the UW Foundation have contributed a generous portion of …

Rec Sports responds to news article, pool questions

A recent article in The Daily Cardinal caused some confusion among readers regarding the funding of the Master Plan and issues surrounding a competition pool at the SERF. Rec Sports hopes to clarify those concerns here. Also included is the official campus statement regarding the competition pool. Funding: The article states that  "funding for the …

Nielsen Tennis Stadium concept images revealed

Estimated project completion date: Summer 2019 (dependent on private donor - not included in Spring 2014 referendum) The following images are conceptual in nature and the layout of the new Nielsen Tennis Stadium could change throughout the design process. The addition to the Nielsen Tennis Stadium includes: 20,250 square feet of combined cardio and strength fitness space …

Semester that was: Rec Sports proposes updates to campus facilities

The following article appeared in The Badger Herald on December 12, 2013. PLEASE NOTE: The project will be bonded, or paid for, over a course of 30 years and not, as the article states, built over that time. The project is estimated to be fully completed by 2021 or 2022 (Near East Fields will be …

UW-Madison students to vote on $200 million recreation facilities improvement plan

The following article appeared in The Cap Times on December 12, 2013. Students will be able to vote for new recreation facilities on March 3-5, 2014 as part of the student elections referendum. For more information on the impact the new facilities could have on your UW-Madison experience and that of thousands of Badgers to follow …

Rec Sports presents master plan, students give feedback

December 11, 2013 at 11:00:05am by Tara Brennan The Badger Herald Join Rec Sports for another Open Forum on Thursday, December 12, from 7:30-9pm at Gordon Commons.  Rec Sports will show images of potential facility layouts, review timeline of construction, discuss impact on students' segregated fees, and answer questions. Food will be provided by UW Housing. Click here to read today's article: http://badgerherald.com/news/2013/12/11/students-give-feedback-rec-sports-master-plan/

Rec Sports responds to recent articles about Master Plan

The Division of Recreational Sports thanks the Student Services Finance Committee for their approval on Monday evening to move the Master Plan forward to referendum and looks forward to the final vote of approval on December 12, 2013. Rec Sports clarifies some statements made in recent campus newspapers: Seg fee timeline: Rec Sports confirms the …

Rec Sports opts to downsize Nat facility in master plan

Rec Sports has received several questions about the recent article in the Badger Herald concerning the proposed Natatorium as part of the Facilities Master Plan. There has been some confusion that the "downsized" facility applies to the current size of the Natatorium. The change in scope of the building applies to the original proposal that …

Natatorium changes may be reduced in rec sports plan

November 03, 2013 11:48 pm  •  The Daily Cardinal A plan to revamp recreational sports may include downsized changes to the Natatorium in response to student feedback. In an email sent to shared governance committee members Sunday, Rec Sports Director John Horn said in gathering student feedback on the Master Plan he found many were “engaged and …

Rec Sports addresses students’ questions, feedback about Facilities Master Plan

by Alex Peirce, Coordinator of Marketing for Rec Sports In the past two weeks, Rec Sports staff members have presented to several student groups on campus including the Associated Students of Madison, BBA Student Government, and Badgers for Recreational Reform. During these meetings, Rec Sports released several concept images and students had the opportunity to ask …

Recreational Sports to propose building new SERF, Natatorium

by Sarah Olson, The Daily Cardinal University of Wisconsin-Madison Recreational Sports Director John Horn presented preliminary ideas for an estimated $260 million overhaul of three Rec Sports facilities at a Badgers for Recreational Reform meeting Tuesday. According to Horn, the Southeast Recreational Facility, the Natatorium, the Nielsen Tennis Stadium and the Camp Randall Memorial Sports …