University Opens New Wellness Center Feb. 22 - Humboldt State Now

University Opens New Wellness Center Feb. 22

Humboldt State University President Rollin Richmond and other university leaders will officiate at ribbon cutting ceremonies for the new student Recreation and Wellness Center (RWC), located in what was previously called the Forbes Complex, on Friday, Feb. 22 at 3:30 p.m. The public and press are invited.

Designed as a one-stop location for all recreation and wellness needs, the new center adjoins Redwood Bowl on the east side of campus and houses a main reception area and drop-in lounge featuring an attractive space for variety of activities. The center is equipped with two group-fitness studios, a conference room and peer education and art/nutrition rooms.

HSU’s new Recreation and Wellness Center is equipped with two group fitness studios.

The top floor gives access to the West Gym and the existing Student Recreation Center-West. The entire facility has undergone an extensive remodeling and facelift, including new and energy-efficient heating and ventilation. The project totaled approximately $3 million dollars and the work was accomplished during the past 18 months.

The center also houses a rock climbing wall.

The RWC is a multi-departmental campus partnership. It augments Humboldt State’s Center Activities, Club Sports and Intramural program, the Student Recreation Center, the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center in Eureka and the wellness component of the Student Health Center.

A student goes up for a block during a volleyball game at the new Recreation and Wellness Center.

“The Recreation and Wellness Center encourages campus access to recreation programming,” says Dave Nakamura, Executive Director of the University Center, which oversees the new facility. “It enhances the HSU experience through dynamic and inclusive recreation, through our fitness and wellness program to promote healthy living and through the development of the social and leadership skills necessary for student success. In addition to enhancing our present level of programming for both individuals and HSU organizations, new and creative programs will be rolling out continually in the months ahead.”

Although primarily emphasizing services for currently enrolled HSU students, many programs are open to staff, faculty and community members.

Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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