NEWARK, Ohio, January 5, 2017 – The new Adena Recreation Center will open its doors on Monday, Jan. 9, the first day of spring semester classes at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark. A grand opening ceremony will be held on Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. Renovation started on the 10,000 square feet of former maintenance and grounds workshops in the spring of 2016. The state-of-the-art recreation and fitness facility is free to students, faculty and staff.
“We will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday,” said Recreational Sports Program Coordinator Lazaro Fuentes. “We plan to conduct a survey with the campus community to find out if people are interested in having the center open on the weekends.”
Students, faculty and staff must have their COTC ID or BuckID to get into the center. One guest without a school ID is permitted per person, but the guest must show state-issued identification.
The $3.7 million Adena Hall renovation project was funded by both institutions through state funds. The project also included upgrading the lobby, renovating the corridor leading to the south section of the building and upgrading the fire alarm system. The Newark Campus Development Fund contributed $150,000 to replace the bleachers in the gymnasium and $120,000 of private funding was used for new fitness equipment.
The recreation and fitness facility can accommodate about 100 people at any given time. The cardiovascular area has six treadmills, six elliptical machines, three upright bikes, two recumbent bikes, a stairmill and an arm cycle. There are also areas containing free weights, functional trainers and selectorized machines.
“There is something for everybody,” said Fuentes. “Everyone has a preference when exercising. We designed this facility so that everyone could find something they want to do.”
A multipurpose room in the facility contains several spin bikes with a display monitor connected to WELLBEATS, a virtual fitness class system. Individuals can reserve the room for a spin class, and use the WELLBEATS player to select a virtual instructor to lead the group through a class.
“The virtual classes give students, faculty and staff the opportunity to come in together and get the kind of group workout they are looking for,” said Fuentes.
Adena Hall was built in 1978. It was the third building constructed on campus.
Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors.