Athletic facility upgrades to better serve campus and community
August 16, 2012
Acadia University today announced that it has commenced a series of minor renovations and reconfiguration in its Athletics Complex that will improve service to facility users and make the building more accessible and functional for all visitors. These changes build upon the significant renovations began in 2011 when a new fitness facility was installed overlooking both the pool and War Memorial Gymnasium.
“Through an online survey, we asked our student and community members to tell us what we could do to improve their experience,” said Kevin Dickie, Acadia Director of Athletics. “Nearly 700 respondents made suggestions that we’ve taken to heart. Through the tremendous support of our Students’ Union, our many community partners and individuals committed to making this building better, by the end of September we will have made a number of significant changes that I’m convinced users will appreciate.”
The list of improvements include:
- Moving the Athletic Service Centre (ASC) and the access point for the fitness centre, the pool and its observation deck, the gymnasium and main change rooms to the area immediately inside the main entrance.
- Providing public access to the arena dressing rooms through a separate ground level entrance off the main parking lot which will also make the entire lower level of the Athletics Complex accessible without having to use the stairs or elevator.
- Upgrades of the main gymnasium male and female change rooms and installing a rubberized surface throughout the arena change room area.
- Increasing the size of the family change room.
These changes are expected to provide facility users with a better overall experience. For instance, pool observers can proceed more directly to the stands, minor hockey and recreational players can proceed directly to their change rooms from the parking lot, Raymond Field will be more accessible and better supervised and, through some off-season pool maintenance and schedule changes, community swim time will increase by approximately 40 per cent.
“Acadia’s Athletic Complex is truly a community facility that benefits our campus and the entire Valley,” said Acadia Vice-President Finance and Administration, Darrell Youden. “Following the changes we made last year, facility usage soared and we’d like to see this trend continue. In order to achieve this, changes are necessary and we expect we will continue to make more in the future to respond to increased demand. Our supporters and partners have played an important role in our ability to move forward with these initial changes and we are grateful for the contribution they’ve made and, we expect, will continue to make in the future.”
Acadia’s Athletics Complex plays an important role in amateur sport in the Annapolis Valley and has undergone significant renovations during the past five years. Raymond Field now features and all-weather running track and multi-sport artificial turf field with newly installed jumping pits. War Memorial Gymnasium’s hardwood floor has been re-surfaced. New netting has been installed in the arena to improve spectator safety. And, pool re-grouting and repair work this summer will increase pool availability for the swimming public.
Signs describing the changes will be prominently displayed in the main entrance to Athletics Complex and all community members will be invited to attend a facility open house planned for mid-September.
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