|February 22, 2001
Volume 31 Number 11
|A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico|
From the President's Desk
Wildcat Activity Center
On March 7 and 8, CSU, Chico students will vote in a referendum to determine whether they will levy a fee increase on themselves to permit the Associated Students to build a state-of-the-art recreation center and intramural facility as well as an aquatic center. Although the need for a facility such as this has been under discussion for more than 10 years, it has taken the present group of A. S. officers, led by President Jeff Iverson, to attempt to turn this dream into reality.
The A.S. commissioned a consulting group to analyze the recreational facilities now available at our institution, to compare them against national standards, and to conduct a student survey to determine what students would like to see offered at CSU, Chico. They found that our facilities are woefully inadequate, that they compare poorly against national norms, and that what our students want cannot be provided by the university, given our current facilities.
So, if the referendum is approved, the Wildcat Activities Center (WAC) would offer what students indicated they most wanted: a weight and fitness area, four gymnasium courts for open recreation, recreation sports, intramurals, one multi-activity court for indoor soccer, roller hockey, basketball, volleyball, and concerts, an elevated running track, three multi-purpose studios for dance, aerobics, and martial arts, an indoor rock climbing wall, a juice bar and pro shop, Adventure Outings equipment rental area, men's and women's locker rooms, and a drop-off child care area. A critical element is that students overwhelmingly wanted this facility right on campus. This is a condition for Associated Students' support of this referendum.
The WAC would be 125,000 square feet and would have two stories. The Aquatic Center would add an additional 45,000 square feet and contain a large Olympic–size pool for lap swimming, a leisure pool, a warm–water spa, and a sauna.
The Aquatic Center would probably be built where we now have the putting green, along Warner Street. The WAC would be between First and Second Streets, near the railroad tracks. This would necessitate the removal of the Reynolds and Stiles warehouses (a new warehouse would be built at another, still unknown location).
Including the cost of replacing Reynolds and Stiles warehouses, it is estimated that the WAC and the Aquatic Center would total about $65 million.
As proposed, the Aquatic Center would open to students in the 2003-2004 academic year while the WAC would be completed during 2005.
This is to be primarily a recreation and intramural facility for CSU, Chico students. Faculty and staff will be able to purchase passes for a fee yet to be determined but no less than the fee assessed to students. Because of the impact such a facility may have on local fitness clubs, the A.S. and the university have agreed to limit access to the WAC to only students, faculty, and staff. Neither relatives of these groups nor CSU, Chico alumni nor retired faculty and staff nor the general public will be able to use the facilities.
This project would greatly benefit the students and enhance the aesthetic beauty of the campus, primarily the southwest area. Needless to say, I hope the referendum is successful.
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