CSU Recreation Center
2420 Chester Ave.
Cleveland Ohio
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The Wellness Council would like to thank Pepsi Hutton, Associate Director, who conducted the tour of his facility on July 15, 2008. Pepsi graduated from Kent State University  and has been at the CSU since it open in June of 2006.

Hours and staffing: The Center is staffed by 8 full time and numerous part time and student employees. This summer the center is open Monday-Friday: 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 pm.

History/Philosophy: The Center opened in the summer of 2005 to serve both faculty, students and the general community. Campus Recreation Services provides recreational, wellness, and educational opportunities through facilities, programs, and quality customer service that meet the diverse and continually changing needs of students, faculty/staff, alumni, local companies and guests. Campus Recreation Services is committed to encouraging a healthy campus and improving the quality of life for the Cleveland State community by providing recreational and fitness opportunities in order to establish lifelong habits for improving mental and physical wellbeing.

Physical description: The Center has 100,000 square feet on three floors. The recreation Center has the following facilities available: Sports Arena - two basketball and volleyball courts Multipurpose Gymnasium - basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, floor hockey, rollerblading; Two Racquetball Courts Two Squash Courts; Natatorium Access - two lap pools; Fitness and Weight Areas - cardiovascular, selectorized and free weight machines; Three Multipurpose Rooms - group exercise classes, instructional programs, meeting space; Indoor Jogging Track - 1/10 mile; Men's and Women's Locker Rooms - locker rentals, day lockers, family changing room; Juice Bar and Lounge (Click here to see photo gallery)

Services and classes: The center offers a plethora of specialized programs designed for the diverse membership of the Recreation Center. From group fitness, spinning and instructional classes to personal training, yoga, and pilates. Some of the current programs offered are: Certifications, Customized Programs, Dance, Fitness Assessment, General Fitness, Group Fitness, Lighten the Weigh, Mind/Body: Yoga and Pilates, Racquetball and Squash Instruction, Personal Training, Spinning, and Sunrise Workouts.

Popular programs/services: Programs such as yoga and pilates are more popular with the employee sector of members than more strenuous fitness programs.

Management Expectations: The Center is run by a fitness management company that reports monthly to management  showing participation growth and budget expenditures.

Member Expectations: Since this is a commuter campus, members have different expectations. The low cost of 26.95 a month for full time faculty is a true bargain.

Future plans: The Center is newly charged with the responsibility to involve nearby employers to participate. Several nearby companies have already joined.