How did the Master Plan pass?
On March 3-5, 2014 , all currently enrolled UW-Madison students had the opportunity to vote on the Rec Sports Master Plan. The Master Plan passed with a final victory margin of 12,070-1,914. This was the highest margins of victory on a referendum in school and, quite likely national, history.
What facilities did students vote on?
Students voted to support new and improved facilities at the SERF, Natatorium, Near East, and Near West Fields. Rec Sports is seeking private funding for the Nielsen Tennis Stadium and University Bay projects.
When will everything be done?
Where can I work out while the facilities are under construction?
Rec Sports has worked directly with Campus Facility Planning & Management and the Space Utilization Office to identify alternative workout locations while facilities are under construction. During the SERF construction (2017-2019), students and Rec Sports members will have access to 20,000 square feet of fitness space (cardio, strength, and free weights) at Ogg Residence Hall. Group-X classes will be moved to Gordon Dining & Event Center. During the Natatorium construction (2019-2021), fitness space will be available at Frank Holt Center and Eagle Heights Community Center, in addition to the new SERF.
How much does it cost?
$236 million (SERF, Natatorium, Near East, and Near West Fields). Rec Sports is seeking private funding for the Nielsen Tennis Stadium and University Bay facilities – students will not vote on these projects.
When will seg fees increase?
Due to the amount of alternative funding already committed to the Master Plan, Rec Sports feels it is in a good position to minimize increases in segregated fees until a new facility opens.
How much will students pay?
Segregated fees will be kept below the Big Ten average for campus recreation fees, at the request of UW-Madison students. Seg fees will increase by no more than $108 per semester. Please note that the segregated fees shown here are those allocated for campus recreation. A full breakdown of UW-Madison segregated fees can be found on the Registrar website.
What other funding sources are available?
Rec Sports has reached out to additional funding sources, including the UW Foundation, Athletics, and the State in order to offset students’ segregated fees. These sources will account for a minimum of 43% of the total project cost, keeping students’ contributions less than 60% as requested. This funding model is consistent with student fee support in the overall Rec Sports budget. Should additional funding become available, these gifts and donations will continue to lessen the students’ contribution.
What is UW Athletics’ contribution to the plan?
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Update 5/28/2014: The UW Athletics Department will make a substantial contribution to help fund a new competition pool at the SERF.
Why should I support the plan if I’m graduating before the facilities would be open?
There are many reasons to support the Master Plan even if you aren’t going to be a student when new facilities will open. (1) Alumni will be able to purchase Rec Sports memberships at the new facilities. (2) Extensive repairs are required to maintain the existing facilities, without any increase in space or programs. (3) Your decision impacts the experience of future Badgers. (4) This is a unique opportunity for you to leave a lasting legacy on campus.
What are the plans for the Shell?
At this time, the future of the Shell is undetermined. There are no plans for an immediate transfer of the Shell from Rec Sports to any other campus partner. However, the Master Plan does account for any space that would be “lost” if a transfer should occur. The Master Plan would include community and alumni memberships at the new facilities, so as not to lose the connection to the community (in fact, Rec Sports hopes to only see that relationship grow with the expansion of facilities on campus). Should plans for a Shell transfer develop in the future, this will be clearly communicated to campus and community members.
Update 5/28/14: The Shell will remain under the management of Rec Sports for the foreseeable future.
I don’t see ____ in the design concepts. Why not?
Don’t see something that interests you in the plans? All images are conceptual — not finalized — designs. A formal design process for each facility will follow the timeline shown above. Rec Sports welcomes your ideas and suggestions throughout the planning process.
What happens if the Master Plan does not pass the referendum?
Students’ segregated fees are conservatively estimated to increase to a minimum of $83.56 per semester. This funding is necessary to return the facilities to the 1964 standards (Natatorium) and 1983 standards (SERF). Additional increases in segregated fees will be required to meet modern standards, address sustainability features, and fund unforeseen maintenance and repairs. Students can expect to see an immediate increase in their fees, without seeing any increase in the amount of recreational space or programs available on campus.
- In the Spring of 2013, the UW-Madison Student Services Finance Committee proposed and approved additional funding for Rec Sports to examine/update a Facilities Master Plan
- Rec Sports facilities have exceeded their estimated lifespans
- Extensive repairs needed to maintain existing facilities
- At least 50% of facility reservation requests by registered student organizations, university departments, and community organizations are denied due to lack of space
- Participants have to wait to use cardio equipment during peak hours
- Technological advances render existing equipment obsolete
How does Rec Sports currently impact the UW-Madison experience?
- Manages four facilities — the SERF, Natatorium, Camp Randall Sports Center (Shell), and Nielsen Tennis Stadium — all of which are 30-50 years old
- Hosted over 1.7 million participations in 2012-2013
- 83% of Wisconsin students participated at Rec Sports facilities or in Rec Sports programs in 2012-2013
- Offers a wide variety of programs including Intramural Sports, Group-X fitness classes, Sport Clubs, personal training, and swim/tennis/skate lessons
- Employs more than 500 students each year, teaching transferable skills to prepare students for life after college
- Returns nearly half of the students’ segregated fees — about $1 million — to the students via wages
- Participation in recreational sports is a key determinant of satisfaction and success in college (Kerr & Downs 2002)