Radford University Recreational Opportunities Enhanced for Fall 2015 Semester


The new Student Outdoor Recreation Complex on East Main Street

The Radford University community will be greeted for the fall semester to a campus with exciting new recreation and wellness opportunities that will include the opening of the new Student Outdoor Recreation Complex and access to a first-class regional recreational swimming facility. Combined with last year’s opening of the well-received Student Recreation and Wellness Center, these new opportunities will afford the RU campus a wide array of quality fitness options.

Over the course of the summer, work has been completed on the new intramural fields that comprise the Student Outdoor Recreation Complex. Located at the site of the former Burlington Industries, the $5-million 7-acre facility is fully lighted with nearly 100 energy-efficient LED lights that will illuminate a synthetic turf surface of more than 4 acres, which is designed to handle as many as four concurrent soccer or flag football games. Two outside sand volleyball courts and an outdoor basketball court will come on line soon after the start of classes to complement the range of activities available at the complex.

"Our students' health and well-being are of upmost importance," said Kenneth Bonk, associate vice president of Student Affairs/Activities and Recreation. "Students who lead healthy lifestyles perform better in the classroom and enjoy an active and fulfilling college experience. The Student Outdoor Recreation Complex is a great complement to the spectacular Student Recreation and Wellness Center, which is extremely popular with our students."

In addition, beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year, students, faculty and staff will have access to the Christiansburg Aquatic Center through a collaboration between Radford University and the aquatic center’s operators. Opened in 2010, the 64,000-square-foot aquatic center features a 50-meter diving pool, a leisure pool with a two-story water slide and a heated therapy pool. University patrons will receive, at no additional charge, a Christiansburg Aquatic Center membership card at the center upon displaying their Radford University IDs.


The new Student Outdoor Recreation Complex

As a result of the partnership with the Christiansburg Aquatic Center, RU’s Dedmon Center pool has now ceased operation and is closed to patrons.

"We are thrilled that RU will have full access to the Christiansburg Aquatic Center, which is a top-notch facility," said Director of Recreation and Wellness Barry Miller. "As we continually strive to offer Radford University the best recreation and wellness opportunities, students will find more flexible options that can accommodate their busy schedules and a facility that significantly expands upon what we were able to previously offer."

Located about nine miles from campus, the aquatic center will be easily accessible by future expanded Radford Transit service. Upon the start of the fall semester, Route 40 transit services will be extended to Monday through Wednesday, 2:40 p.m. to 9:40 p.m. The route will include stops at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center, the New River Valley Mall and in Blacksburg. This service will be in addition to the service already provided on Route 40, which runs 2:40 p.m. to 2:40 a.m. Thursday through Friday and 10:40 a.m. to 2:40 a.m. on Saturday. Stops include locations in Christiansburg and Blacksburg and at the New River Valley Mall. There will be no service offered on Sunday.

The recent partnership with the Christiansburg Aquatic Center comes on the heels of the December 2014 opening of Radford University's Student Recreation and Wellness Center. The fitness hub is a hot spot on campus, evident in the more than 8,000 weekly visitors it experienced last year.

For more information about RU Student Recreation programs, please visit the Student Recreation and Wellness homepage.

For more information about the Christiansburg Aquatic Center, please visit the Aquatic Center homepage, and watch their information video on Vimeo.

For more information about Radford Transit, including schedules and routes, please visit the Radford Transit homepage.

Aug 27, 2015