In the Future, the Demand for Indoor and Outdoor Recreation Facilities by Students and Club Sports will be Greater Than What the Kent Campus Now Offers; Athletics Has a Facility Plan to Achieve its “Game Plan” Goals | A Transformed KSU | Kent State University

In the Future, the Demand for Indoor and Outdoor Recreation Facilities by Students and Club Sports will be Greater Than What the Kent Campus Now Offers; Athletics Has a Facility Plan to Achieve its “Game Plan” Goals

POSTED: Sep. 26, 2017

According to a June 2017 student survey, Kent State offers high quality recreational facilities.  Nearly half of students utilize the Student Recreation and Wellness Center two or more times per week.  Overcrowding and inconvenient parking deters students from pursuing more indoor recreational sports and fitness activities on campus.  The majority of survey respondents reported never utilizing outdoor facilities, but of those that do, the campus hiking and biking trails are most used.

Recreation and Wellness Survey Analysis Chart

Due to the currently high activity of KSU students and anticipated enrollment growth, the greatest future demand will be for more self-directed fitness facilities.   More weight & fitness areas, group fitness and mind/body studios, and indoor basketball courts will be needed.  When adding more indoor recreation facilities, the existing deficit of facilities in the west and north areas of campus should be considered.

There is a demand for more outdoor recreation fields to support KSU’s club sports.  The university can either formalize the scheduled recreational use of Manchester Field, Centennial Field, and University Commons, or it can provide additional recreational fields.

The Athletics Game Day Strategic Plan and Facility Master Plan will address anticipated Athletics needs, including the addition of Women’s Lacrosse in 2018.  Planned improvements include student athlete academic support and practice court improvements in the MACC and MACC Annex, moving the outdoor track to the indoor field house, and moving Women’s Softball to Schoonover to share practice facilities with Men’s Baseball.

If additional indoor recreational facilities are provided, where on campus should they be located?

Comments

"Greg Bailey: Formalizing the"

Greg Bailey: Formalizing the scheduled use of Manchester Field, Centennial Field and University Commons will not alleviate already overused natural grass surfaces which are already scheduled daily throughout the the academic year. The challenge is that there are too many programs vying for two few outdoor facilties. (Continued ...)

"(Continued ... ) The Common"

(Continued ... ) The Common's, Centennial Field and Manchester Field are not intended as competitive spaces but for recreational pick-up activities (e.g. Manchester is crowned too high with underground tunnels below and sidewalks runnning through it; Centenial is too short lengthwise due to the way the field is graded - sloped from sidewalk to field and sidewalks and Midway Drive running parallel on the shorter ends; Common's is primarily a walkway between two points because there are no sidewalks between the two shortest points and the size is not conducive to competitive activity - practices maybe, games no). Additional outdoor "competitive" green spaces is the only rational solution since students are paying to use varsity athletic fields by students who are already paying athletic fees and student activity fees. The varsity athletic field use is going to become more scarce with Field Hockey and Lacrosse using Murphy Mellis and Football and Soccer using Dix Stadium; this will leave less time for club athletes to schedule matches, games and tournaments. Then we will lose clubs because the students will not be able to compete effectively in their conferences and will subsequently fold the clubs and enrollment may decline because there are no activities for the students. We already have inquiries for clubs that we cannot accomodate because we do not have facilities (indoor and outdoor), we have lost clubs (Green Dragon Kung Fu and Kendo) and alumni networks because they have to pay to use the MACC Annex and GDKF was a student started organization 40 years ago. We lack indoor activity space as well because the MACC Annex it is being converted to athletic facilities for a few student athletes rather than the vast majority of students. Our students see the resources that are being dedicated to the athletic department, but cannot understand why they pay so much in activity fees but still have to pay more and more on top of what they already pay. Just to meet the needs of the current population of students and activities, we need a minimum of four full-sized multipurpose fields; we also need four additional indoor basketball courts for informal recreation, programmed recreation, club sports, intramural sports, martial arts and other group recreation activities. Thank you COMMENT REVIEW: 78% LIKED 25% DISLIKED