(September 6, 2001, Gazette)

Launching the rec plex

Memorial’s Board of Regents has approved the creation of the Memorial University Recreation Complex (MURC), an entity that will operate all the recreation facilities on the St. John’s campus.

The centrepiece of the complex is Memorial’s new Field House. The $13-million sports and recreation facility is scheduled to open January 2002. The new facility will feature walking and running tracks, multi-purpose courts and seating for 2,000 spectators. Funding for the construction of the Field House was one of the objectives of the Opportunity Fund, the university’s successful fund-raising campaign that concluded last year.

MURC will also include the Aquarena/Canada Games Park, Inc. (pools, Fitness Centre, squash courts, outdoor field), as well as recreation facilities housed in the Physical Education Building (pool, squash courts, gymnasium, Strength and Conditioning Centre), the Splash Facility at Long Pond and the university’s outdoor playing fields.

The $1.4 million in operating funding required for the MURC will come in large part from a new $40-per-semester recreation fee to be charged to all students attending the St. John’s campus, effective January 2002.

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