September 23, 2020

BY JESSICA HAMMER

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Students will have to deal with the renovations of Conestoga’s athletic and recreation centre for a while longer.

Many students are tired of the various construction projects at the college, especially when it affects parking around the recreation centre. Some are also feeling frustrated because of the limited use of the recreation centre.

“I was here during the summer for my program and we didn’t have the rec centre at all, and it kind of messed up our gym class so we didn’t get the same training that we should have been getting that semester,” said Calvin Meredith, a second-year police foundations student.

Kata Nemeth, a first-year registered practical nursing student, said, “I had a class there on Thursday and didn’t know how to get there.”
Students currently pay a recreation/athletics fee of $68.15 per semester.

Matthew Maguire, manager of athletics and recreation, said the facilities that students were able to access last March are still available, including the gymnasium, fitness room and squash courts.

“One of the big things is that because this is such a new facility and we have so many offerings it’s really going to take us a little time to make sure that our programming best meets the needs of the students and the pricing reflects that. It’s something that will be reviewed over time.”

He added they haven’t increased fees because students haven’t been given access to the full space yet.

“Once the full space is available that’s when a fee increase will be put into effect,” Maguire said. “We want to make sure that students are not being penalized.”

The project was supposed to be completed by the beginning of this month. Now, completion is expected by the end of this semester.

Once the 80,000-square-foot recreation centre is finished students will have access to the new and improved fitness centre, a triple gymnasium, a health and wellness centre, a lounge area and a Pita Pit.

For construction updates visit the athletics homepage on the Conestoga website or contact the athletic and recreation centre at 519-748-3512.

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