Use Policies Set for New Recreation Center

Recreation Center

After much eager anticipation, the Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center will open in spring 2015. The $23.5 million facility—with a pool, climbing walls and indoor courts for basketball, soccer and volleyball—is rising quickly. Designed to be a dynamic campus gathering place, the 60,000-square-foot facility also includes a fitness center, rooms for yoga, dance and spinning classes, a juice and snack bar, and an outdoor patio and lawn that will link to the Korth Tennis Complex and the Cottrell Softball Field.

All enrolled students, undergraduate and graduate, will have access to the center free of charge. Faculty and staff can take advantage of the facility and all recreation program offerings for $240 a year—or $10 a paycheck—through payroll deduction.

By comparison, UC Berkeley charges its faculty and staff $456 a year, and students $30, to use its recreation facilities. Cal State East Bay charges faculty and staff $265 annually, while students pay $180. Just down the road from campus, Rheem Moraga 24-Hour Fitness charges about $600 a year for a basic membership with no pool.

Upon opening and until spring 2016, memberships will be limited to currently enrolled students and currently employed faculty and staff. In spring 2016, the College will assess usage to determine if capacity is sufficient to open the center to alumni, neighbors, parents of current students, or significant others, spouses and children of staff and faculty. Policies for rental of the facility for events by outside groups have yet to be determined.