USU rec center approval possible this week
A new student recreation center for Utah State University may be on the agenda at the next meeting of the state Board of Regents, Thursday and Friday.
The student recreation center that has been proposed will total$12 million. Beginning this fall all students will be required to pay a fee of $11.50 per semester for two years. The students will then be required to pay $63 per semester for the next 30 years. This fee will exceed the building fee of $59.50 which was the highest single fee students were paying.
The facility will be a 75,000-square-foot facility equipped with cardiovascular equipment, free weights and circuit equipment. Also included will be a suspended indoor track, a climbing wall, as well as a number of aerobics rooms.
The center will accommodate students only and is intended to attract students to keep physically fit as well as provide a social area students.
Community health centers fear the impact of the facility would cause them to lose a majority of their customers--students. The effect may mean local businesses shutting down and therefore cutting off revenues seen from property and sales taxes.
On campus students seem to favor the proposed facility. A vote of the student body passed with almost two-thirds in favor of the recreation center with a total of 1,400 students voting. A record number of students voted on the issue in the referendum vote. Recently, the Utah State Board of Trustees passed a motion to approve the recreation center.