New rates give community members affordable access to recreation center


The University of Akron’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center is helping the Akron community get healthier by offering lower rates and new membership options to area residents. In addition to 50% rate reductions for both the annual and six-month membership package, community members now have the option to sign up for new monthly or three-month memberships.

Membership options for community members (must be at least 18 years old) include: 

  • Annual — $325 (includes payment plans)
  • Six-month — $252
  • Three-month — $146
  • Monthly — $54

As an additional bonus, community members who commit to three-month, six-month, or annual memberships will also get a free parking pass for the East Campus Parking Deck on Spicer and Carroll streets. Paid parking is also available in campus lots 8, 9, 10 and 13.

Climbers on rock wall

The 53-foot climbing rock wall is a popular spot in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

“We are excited to share our amazing facilities and programs with the greater-Akron and surrounding communities,” said John MacDonald, director of student recreation and wellness services. “With opportunities in fitness, wellness, group exercise, rock climbing, personal training and two pool facilities, we have a depth and breadth not found at most centers. The launch of a new community membership program will allow area residents to join us on their journey of positive health and wellness. We all have an opportunity to develop healthy habits and lifestyles. Come ‘Do What Moves You’ at UA’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center.” 

With a membership, community members can access the center’s 200 pieces of cardio and strength-building equipment, 53-foot climbing rock wall, 1/10-mile indoor track, five gymnasiums, leisure pool with a lazy river, an Olympic-size swimming pool and free group exercise classes. Community members are not able to participate in intramural sports, club sports and outdoor adventure trips.

Membership to UA’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center can be purchased at the information office in the center, 450 Carroll St., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In February, the recreation center was featured on a list ranking the “50 Great College Gymnasiums and Recreation Centers for 2019” by Great Value Colleges.

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