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Welcome to the Recreation Center at CU

If you are interested in getting or staying fit, take a look at our great facilities. Swim in the pool, play hockey at our ice rink with a friend, join an aerobics or yoga class, explore the great Colorado outdoors, try out our new fields as a great sports competitor or play for fun. We have it all!

Main Campus Rec Center

Main Campus
In 1968, the CU Student Body passed a referendum to fund the construction of a Student Recreation Center. The Rec Center opened its doors in 1973 to a 150,000 square foot building and became an important part of student life.   As programs and participation continued to grow, the Student Body voted again in 1989 to fund expansion of the Rec Center. The Rec Center addition opened in 1990 and included three basketball courts, a large weight room, an aerobic room, conference rooms and a running track. All open recreation amenities are available to full-fee paying students. More >>

Bear Creek Rec Center

Bear Creek
The new Bear Creek Rec Center, located between Williams Village complex and apartments. The first floor includes a 3,300 square-foot weight room complete with Cybex equipment, Olympic-style weight benches, dumbbells, two treadmills, and nine PreCor Elliptical trainers. The second floor includes a multipurpose studio used for classes and for drop-in recreation when*Four tennis courts are located in the northeast end of the parking lot. The Bear Creek Rec Center has a tanning salon equipped with two stand-up sun tanning booths. More >>

Recreational Fields

Recreational Fields
The Recreation Department utilizes several outdoor fields to run the Intramural and Club Sport Programs. In the Fall of 2007 the Recreation Department was able to make considerable improvements to many of these fields due to a bond that passed through the student body in 2006. The department renovated the 3 Kittredge Fields with artificial turf and lights, Franklin Field with lights and security fencing, added 4 outdoor lighted basketball courts and completely renovated Farrand Field with new sod, a slit drainage system, a seating wall, a picturesque entrance and a stage. More >>

Challenge Ropes Course

Challenge Course
The CU Challenge Rope Course was proposed and funded by CU-Boulder students in 1998 with the belief that a cooperative learning environment, utilizing adventure techniques in a supportive atmosphere, would provide an optimal opportunity for students. In the fall of 2007, the CU Challenge Ropes Course was completed near Williams Village. Our ropes course consists of steel cables, ropes, and poles that are designed to present physical challenges from one foot to 42 feet off the ground. While the course may be difficult, the primary goal is to provide opportunities for learning about team building and leadership. Each group that uses the course may have different goals, such as individual and group responsibility, self-discovery, communication and collaboration, or problem solving. More >>