Rec cardio room comes with user fees
By Laura Katsirdakis
Campus Recreation has expanded and is offering
the use of a new cardio room - for the right price.
"In recent years the demand for cardio
services was growing quickly," said Elizabeth Elliot, fitness
and dance coordinator at Campus Rec. There have been complaints
about the overcrowded cardio room and the reservation sheets
for cardio equipment were always full, she added.
As soon as space became available, Campus
Rec acquired it and began construction to make it suitable for
use as a cardio gym. "The main aspect of construction was
to ensure that a ventilation system was put in place,"
To access the new cardio room, members must
pay an extra $100 per year or $20 per month, she said. "The
yearly fee breaks down to eight dollars and change per month,"
Elliot noted. The reason for the extra fees is that the expansion
was only permissible if Campus Rec broke even on it this year,
she explained, adding once the cost of the renovation is paid
off, she hopes the fee will be dropped.
As well, there is a limit on the number of
members who can sign up for the new facility, Elliot said, noting
to prevent overcrowding, a maximum of about 3,000 members can
"The old cardio room is still available,"
Elliot said. "Hopefully the addition will result in the
old one being less crowded."
"This is a step in the right direction,"
said Adrienne Kennedy, University Students' Council VP-campus
issues, adding she personally does not mind paying the extra
fee. "There have been complaints about paying to use the
new room and the cap on the number of people allowed to sign
up," she added.
Hasan Saiyid, who has finished a bachelor
of arts in computer science, has been using Campus Rec for seven
years. "The expansion was essential, especially for the
double cohort," he said. "I can only imagine how busy
[the old cardio room] would be.
"I don't think we should have to pay
for it," Saiyid added, noting he does not plan to sign
up for the new cardio room.
"It looks kind of neat, but some privacy
would be nice," said Ashley Labow, a second-year psychology
student. The new room has a large window making exercisers visible
from the exit of The Book Store and the nearby Tim Hortons.
"The window will be frosted within the
next few days," Elliot added.