Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Progress on Cary Street
Next time you step into the new Monroe Park Campus Recreation Complex the only thing recognizable will be the brick exterior.
When the complex (formerly known as the Cary Street Gym) opens in the spring of 2010, it will open to serve students in new ways, including a rock climbing wall, multi-activity center or MAC and an Aquatic Center.
The rock climbing wall will be located in the center of the 18,000 square foot fitness center. The L-shaped wall will be fully staffed to keep students safe and to ensure proper usage. However, when staff is not available for the wall, students will be able to take advantage of a rock climbing boulder located near the wall for a unique experience.
The Fitness Center will feature all new exercise equipment, including a variety of circuits, free weight area, and a mezzanine with cardio equipment. A Fitness Resource Bar will be centrally located to provide members with a variety of fitness and nutrition information.
The Multi-Activity Center, or MAC will provide an indoor playing field for floor hockey, soccer, lacrosse, rugby and other sports. What makes this space different than a regular gym floor will be the inclusion of nets, a turf floor and penalty boxes.
Also new to the Monroe Park Campus will be the multi-purpose Aquatic Center. More than just a pool, this water complex will host various activities. A multi-person spa, vortex pool, leisure pool, and an activity pool will all share one roof. The activity pool will host scheduled water sports (basketball and volleyball) as well as lap swimming. Swimmers and non-swimmers alike will be able to enjoy many aquatic activities including Dive in Movies.
Of course all of this will come with state of the art features. The new complex will have self check-in available, all digital displays and plenty of natural light.
With the completion of the new roof and the pouring of the cement floor and aquatic facilities, the construction is progressing quickly. For updates on the construction progress please visit http://www.students.vcu.edu/construction/