Plans to upgrade the David E. Enarson Gym
Most students are aware of the $130 that they pay to the Trinity Western University Student Association in student fees, but not everyone is aware that we pay a similar fee to the Rec Enhancement Committee. The Rec Enhancement fee was established in 2009, with the goal of constructing a better recreational environment in order to make substantial changes to the opportunities available for students in the areas of health and fitness.
A recent trend in universities across North America has been the development of high quality athletic infrastructure. Because the fee is still in its infancy, there are limitations surrounding the balance between spending student fees each year, and endeavouring to save the money for more meaningful projects over the long-term.
There have been two surveys conducted over the past four years seeking to discover where students want to see their Rec fees spent on. In both surveys the results overwhelmingly suggested that students want their Rec fee put towards the expansion of the Fitness Centre—a two story addition to the David E. Enarson gymnasium. The survey results in 2009-2010 also suggested a large interest in resurfacing the tennis courts and constructing a running track.
In the last four years the fees have been used to facilitate the reconstruction of the tennis courts, financing the bouldering wall, the annual maintenance of the South and Third fields (including seeding, fertilizing, and enhanced lighting), and the purchase of new Rec Services gear such as volleyball nets and other intramural sporting equipment. The fees have also subsidized costs for recreation equipment and fitness centre memberships at the Laurentian Leadership Centre.
The Rec fee has accumulated so that the Rec Enhancement Committee may seek to find balance between annual upkeep and recreational expenses, while maintaining its long-term vision. The Associate Provost and chair of the Rec Enhancement Committee, Sheldon Loeppky, suggests that the school did have an opportunity to build a one story fitness centre this year, but the Rec Committee thought it best to postpone, in alignment with their vision for a two story facility that would incorporate space for group fitness, reallocate the mezzanine for strength training, and provide increased space to accommodate more people.
Some may inquire as to how the tuition changes will affect this fee. In response, Loeppkky articulated that the Rec fee is indexed to the percentile increase in tuition costs. In addition the university is sensitive to the amount of money being invested and is thoroughly committed to working with donors to support the initiatives that we are pursuing so that our equipment and facilities may be optimized.
It is Loeppky’s hope that by the summer of 2014, we will have begun the expansion of the Fitness Centre.