Activities and Recreation Center

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Coordinates: 40°06′05″N 88°14′10″W / 40.101313°N 88.236018°W / 40.101313; -88.236018

The Activities and Recreation Center, more commonly known as the ARC, is an athletic facility at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign for current university students, members and guests. According to the university, Activities and Recreation Center is "one of the country's largest on-campus recreation centers".[1]

Location[edit]

ARC is located at 201 East Peabody, which is approximately 100 meters away from the Snyder Hall and the Scott Hall, and 500 meters away from the newly constructed Ikenberry Common. It is also directly north of Memorial Stadium (Champaign).

History[edit]

The first recreation facility on campus, IMPE (Intramural Physical Education building), was opened in 1971.[2] In 2008, after IMPE was renovated and reconstructed, its name was changed to ARC.

Reconstruction[edit]

A group of University of Illinois students created a campaign for a comprehensive expansion and renovation of IMPE and WIMPE, called Bigger, Better, Campus Rec Renovation. University students were asked to vote on a referendum asked for an overall $77 per student increase in general fees for students over the next 2 years, to provide more recreation opportunities, reduce overcrowding, address space issues, and meet the needs of university students. Out of 5,459 voters 4,020 persons (74%) voted in favor of the referendum [3]

The reconstruction began on March 17, 2006, and the building was reopened in August 2008. The project's cost was $54 million.[2]

Facilities[edit]

The total size of the ARC is 340,000 square feet (32,000 m2), consisting of 276,000 square feet (25,600 m2) of dry facilities and 64,000 square feet (5,900 m2) of wet facilities.[2]

Gymnasium 1[edit]

Gymnasium 1 of the Activities and Recreation center is located on the east end of the building on the first floor. It contains five basketball courts. Alternatively, the area can also be served as seven volleyball courts. There also day lockers in the gym area, and a locker room is attached right next to Gymnasium 1. The total area of the Gymnasium 1 is 35,780 square feet (3,324 m2).[2]

Gymnasium 2[edit]

Gymnasium 2 of the Activities and Recreation center is located at the center of the building on the first floor. It can be also found on the left side of the building entrance, next to the member service area. The gym contains two basketball courts, which can also be served as three volleyball courts. Day lockers can be found inside the gym. The total area of the Gymnasium 2 is 14,859 square feet (1,380.4 m2).[2]

Gymnasium 3[edit]

Gymnasium 3 of the Activities and Recreation center is located at the center of the building on the first floor. It can also be found on the right side of the building entrance, next to the member service area. The gym contains two basketball courts, which can also be served as three volleyball courts. Day lockers can be found inside the gym. The total area of the Gymnasium 3 is 15,012 square feet (1,394.7 m2).[2]

Gymnasium 4[edit]

Gymnasium 4 of the activities and Recreation center is located at the east side of the building on the lower level. Inside Gymnasium 4 there are three basketball courts, which in turn can also be used as volleyball courts. Day lockers can be found inside the gym. The total area of the Gymnasium 4 is 19,219 square feet (1,785.5 m2).[2]

Outdoor pool[edit]

An outdoor pool can be found on the west side of the Activities and Recreation center building. The pool is a 50 meter, 4 lanes standard pool. It also contains a diving well. The outdoor pool is usually open during summer and fall. During the winter and spring, the pool is not available to any activity. The size of the outdoor pool area is 36,085 square feet (3,352.4 m2).[2]

Indoor pool[edit]

The indoor pool of the Activities and Recreation center is located on the 1st floor of the facility building. It is a 50 meter by 25 yards pool. Diving well can be found in the area. Additionally, Sauna and wet meeting rooms are also available. The size of the indoor pool area is 22,907 square feet (2,128.1 m2).[2]

Multipurpose room[edit]

The Activities and Recreation center contains seven multipurpose room as well as one combat room. They're distributed through the first floor and the -1 floor and can be used for different purposes. Common usages of these rooms are to give students lecture on dancing and to provide students clubs with space for their activities. The size of multipurpose room varies from 696 square feet (Multipurpose Room 1) to 6180 square feet (Multipurpose Room 6 and 6A). All the multipurpose rooms have day cubbies storage closets.[2]

Special areas[edit]

Other than the activities and exercises area mentioned above, the Activities and Recreation Center also contains several special featured areas. These include a "Clement Auditorium", a student organization room, a Group Cycling Room, an Instructional Kitchen, a Personal Training Room, a Climbing Wall, and three meeting rooms. These special areas add up to 11,186 square feet (1,039.2 m2).[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Activities and Recreation Center". University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign website. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "ARC Specs and Facts". University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign website. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Kamath, Carrie; Golebiowski, Michael; Kaiser, Christian. "The Activities Recreational Center (ARC) Usage Frequency by Each Class and Factors Behind Why" (DOC). p. 3. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 

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