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 […]

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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 […]

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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 Rec Sports facilities are overcrowded, outdated, and far behind the national standards for fitness space per person on a college campus.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 […]

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Project Update: Near West Fields

Plans unfolding for upgrades at the Near West fields In 2014, students voted overwhelmingly to support the Rec Sports Master Plan for new campus recreational facilities at UW-Madison. The plan includes the reconstruction of the SERF and Natatorium, along with upgrades to two of our fields near the Natatorium. With the Near West fields expected […]

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Since You’ve Been Gone…

Director John Horn recently presented an update on the Master Plan to the Student Services Financial Committee. Both the Badger Herald and Daily Cardinal covered the presentation on September 16, 2014. While students were away for the summer, Rec Sports made steady progress on the approval of the Master Plan. The University of Wisconsin Board […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Wellness and the Master Plan

The Master Plan includes a wellness suite at both the SERF and Natatorium. These sites would take a holistic approach to enhancing the UW-Madison experience, addressing the full spectrum of wellness dimensions including: Environmental Financial Physical Emotional & Mental Social With additional space in the Master Plan, Rec Sports would be able to offer wellness programs […]

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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*).  […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Outdoor fields concept images revealed

Estimated project completion date: Summer 2016 (Near West Fields), Summer 2019 (University Bay Fields – dependent on private donor, not included in Spring 2014 referendum), Summer 2022 (Near East Fields) The following images are conceptual in nature and the layout of the new outdoor fields could change throughout the design process. More detailed images of […]

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Natatorium concept images revealed

Estimated project completion date: Summer 2021 The following images are conceptual in nature and the layout of the new Natatorium could change throughout the design process. More detailed images of the facility will be released at the beginning of the second semester. Please check back in January for updates! The new Natatorium will include the following […]

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SERF concept images revealed

Estimated project completion date: Summer 2019 The following images are conceptual in nature and the layout of the new SERF could change throughout the design process. More detailed images of the facility will be released at the beginning of the second semester. Please check back in January for updates! The new SERF will include the […]

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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 […]

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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/

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Rec Sports Open Forums

Rec Sports is hosting two open forums to share information, show images, and answer questions about the Facilities Master Plan. These are free and open to the public — both forums will cover the same information so students don’t need to worry about missing out if they can only make it to one location. Rec Sports […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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