The open recreation area features a large expansive multipurpose exercise area with vaulted ceilings. The area features three, regulation basketball courts placed side by side, with a three-lane running track around the perimeter of the courts. Net dividers provide for flexibility to offer a variety of activities simultaneously. The floor is made of Mondo rubberized flooring, which also delineates the track surface from the court surface by differing colors and textures. There are windows at the top of the walls to provide natural additional light to the area.
The cardiovascular/variable resistance equipment exercise area is designed to provide patrons with a panoramic view of the north side of the Emporia State University campus. The north side of the room features a rounded side with large expansive windows simulating an atmosphere of being outdoors, with a spectacular view of grass areas and trees. This 2100 square foot area is equipped with state of the art cardiovascular and variable resistance exercise equipment. This area also contains television monitors utilized for wireless Broadcast Vision to accommodate patrons who prefer to watch television while exercising
The commons area separates the expansive multipurpose gymnasium area and the free weight room, multipurpose exercise room, and rest room areas. This area is designed to accommodate patrons by providing a social area with tables, chairs, and a big screen television. Ping pong tables, pool table, and vending machines provide both leisure activity opportunities and an area to sit back have a snack and drink, while enjoying some visual stimulation on the big screens. Patrons can see the activities being held in all areas of the Recreation Center. By design, this commons area will host parties and other activities, promoting a healthy lifestyle, while offering a social interaction alternative for the campus community on evenings and weekends.
The free weight area is 1925 square feet, equipped with state of the art free weight equipment and rubberized flooring. The north and south walls are lined with mirrors, and the west wall features large expansive windows providing an outdoor view.
The multipurpose exercise area is designed to accommodate any type of exercise activity, and also provides the opportunity for group meetings. The floor is made of wood, the north and south walls are lined with mirrors, and the west wall consists of large windows providing a view of the outdoors. The area will also possess a state of the art sound system, and big screen television designed to provide a variety of exercise classes. The stereo system will also be linked to the entire Recreation Center providing specialized sound capabilities to host an array of dynamic activities and events.
The reception center is the command center, which monitors ingress and egress control for the Recreation Center. Patrons will check into and exit the center using their University Identification Card (Hornet Card). The reception center also disburses Recreation Programs information, and compiles participation data for the Recreation Center.
The indoor Recreation amenities located in the HPER building are two Swimming Pools (50-Meter Competitive Pool with a 1 Meter Diving Board and a Therapeutic Heated Pool), Six Racquetball Courts, and Locker Rooms equipped with showers, bathrooms, lockers, and changing areas
Our Outdoor Facilities include lighted Tennis Courts and designated grass areas which are utilized for football, soccer, softball, baseball, rugby and any other activities requiring open green areas. Our fitness trail can be enjoyed by all, either as an exercise routine or leisurely walk. The mountain bike riding trails provide a fun challenge for trail riders of all ages.
Our University Recreation Programs department offers a wide array of leagues, activities and events for all to enjoy. We also provide open recreation hours for each individual or group to engage in recreational and leisure activities, while enhancing their health and wellness.