The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith is just a few months away from opening its doors to its new recreation and wellness center.
The $10 million facility will be double the size of the current center on campus. The new center will feature double basketball courts, classrooms and space needed to accommodate the growing campus.
The 47,000 square-foot facility will not only feature more space for weightlifting but also a rock climbing wall for advanced and beginning climbers. To come up with the money to pay for the center, students on campus voted for a self-imposed fee to cover costs.
Last year, the school opened its new Windgate Art and Design building, and soon this center will be the latest addition to the campus. Dr. Dave Stevens, dean of students, told 40/29 News this is a great time to be a part of the UAFS community.
“This is an exciting time to be a part of UAFS there are a lot of wonderful things happening and we are growing as an institution, and we are maturing and growing. We are hoping UAFS will continues to grow as a wonderful four-year regional institution,” Stevens said.
The old recreation and wellness center will be used by the athletics program on campus. It’ll give the athletes a private facility for practice and weightlifting.
The new recreation and wellness center is scheduled to be completed by July.