University of Central Arkansas opens new fitness center (with video) Photo courtesy of the Log Cabin Democrat.

University of Central Arkansas opens new fitness center (with video)

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Center at the University of Central Arkansas officially opened after being delayed as a result of weather and plumbing issues, the Log Cabin Democrat reported.

David Dennis, director of campus recreation, told the Log Cabin that he was proud to see the reaction from students at Monday’s grand opening of the reimagined HPER Center.

“At 6 o’clock this morning, we had about 15 students waiting outside. Half of them took three steps in and they stopped,” said Dennis, describing the “wow factor” of the building’s lobby.

The 110,000-square-foot project includes a campus outdoor pursuits and activities area and a six-lane, 25-yard pool on the west end of the building.

The center includes facilities for swimming, basketball, track and outdoor activities, as well as 10,000 square feet of weight room space, three new group exercise studios, racquetball courts and a second-floor game area.

Student fees for the HPER were increased to $9.12 per credit hour to help fund the project.

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