Photos and Article by Alyssa Murray, Staff Writer
The new recreation center will be a 5400-square-foot facility and feature new flooring with lines for basketball and volleyball, new basketball hoops, and two walking lanes around the gymnasium floor.
A new exercise room will also be available to all students. It will feature free weights as well as cardio machines donated from the West Virginia University Recreation Center.
Along with the gymnasium and exercise room, the recreation center will also provide a multipurpose room with a mirrored wall, sound system and new flooring. This room will be the future classroom for Zumba, karate, dance and yoga classes being offered in the Fall 2018 semester.
PSC also aims to create a cheerleading team by using the multipurpose room as the practice space.
The opening date for the new recreation center is Jan. 10, 2017, the first day of the second semester.
The goal is to keep the center open during weekends (especially Sundays), single day breaks from school, and late evenings every day until around 11p.m. according to Athletic Director Shawn White.
The Lough Gymnasium will shift to being used mainly by athletes. Dean of Student Affairs William Letrent assures that non-athlete students will still be allowed to use the gymnasium after team practices; however, the weight room in the bottom floor will be reserved exclusively for athletes once the recreation center exercise room opens.
The recreation center will offer students a place to have fun and be active during the cold winter months. It will also be the main area for intramural sporting events, such as games and practices; PSC is currently in the process of hiring an intramural athletics director.
During the summer months, the center will be available to rent for weddings, parties and group events. During the school year, rooms can be reserved by students for activities.
The renovations will not cost students higher tuition rates in the future. The funding and resources for the project come from contributions, West Virginia University and auxiliary services.