5,000 a week and counting: WOU’s new Health and Wellness Center brings in 5,000 users (per week!) for fun, fitness and more

Spring 2011



In March, an impressive new facility opened on the Western Oregon University campus – the Health and Wellness Center. The center is a 45,000 square foot addition to the Old P.E. gymnasium and Wolverton Memorial Swimming Pool. The facility features a two-court gymnasium with an elevated track, two racquetball courts, three multipurpose rooms, a 2,400 square foot strength and weight training area, a 3,600 square foot cardiovascular training area, a 40-foot-high by 40-foot-wide rock climbing wall, locker rooms, lounge areas with wireless internet, and the remodeled pool with additional therapy pool.


The facility has been a booming success since its opening. On average, 5,000 people have used the Health and Wellness Center per week. Sixty-three percent of students have already used the facility and the next goal for Rip Horsey, the director of the Health and Wellness Center, is to capture the other 37 percent in the upcoming terms.


The photos below are from the dedication ceremony held in front of the rock wall. Gary Dukes (left) emceed the event. Rick Bartow (middle) performed a blessing ceremony and was also hired to create art for the building. Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney, Associated Students of WOU President Yasmine Ibarra, Oregon Senator Jackie Winters, and WOU President John P. Minahan (right) cut the ribbon at the end of the ceremony.

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