Campus to dedicate Outdoor Adventures Center
UNL Campus Recreation will officially dedicate the Outdoor Adventures Center during a 4:30 p.m. ceremony Oct. 29. Chancellor Harvey Perlman; Juan Franco, vice chancellor for student affairs; Stan Campbell, director of campus recreation; and past and present student leaders will give remarks.
Visitors can come from 4 to 6 p.m. for tours and refreshments at the new center, 930 N. 14th St. All UNL students, faculty, staff and general public are invited. Attendees can also be guided across the street for a glimpse of the Rec Center’s recently renovated and reopened strength training and conditioning room.
The $5.28 million Outdoor Adventures Center opened in May and is the on-campus home for outdoor academic and non-credit classes, the adventure trips program, the challenge course, the UNL bike shop and gear rentals and Nebraska’s largest climbing and bouldering gym, which covers 2,383 square feet and 30 rope lines.
Unique features include bike lockers, showers and locker rooms for bike commuters. It also has an external bouldering wall stylized after portions of Chimney Rock, which pays tribute to the state’s geological and pioneering heritage.
The center is a project of the “YES 2 Better Rec Centers” referendum approved by UNL students in October 2010, which appropriated student fees to improve the quality of the University’s campus recreation facilities. Additional projects of the referendum include renovations to the City Rec Center’s strength and cardio areas and construction of the new East Rec Center that will open in summer 2015.
For more information about the event and the center, go to http://crec.unl.edu/outdoor-adventures-center.