A: The Recreation Center offers comprehensive fitness and recreation opportunities. In addition to the large array of cardio, free weights and selectorized equipment, the Rec Center has four activity rooms for group fitness classes and instructional programs, an elevated jogging track that overlooks the wood court gymnasium, wellness center, equipment checkout and towel services.
A: A recreation membership is available to students, faculty, staff, associate members, alumni and guests. Please refer to eligibility and fees for more information or contact Member Services.
A: Membership includes: Recreation Center, including group fitness classes, equipment checkout & towel service, Boyden gymnasium and handball/squash courts, Boyden and Totman pools, Mullins tennis courts, and participation in intramural sports.
A: Many patrons only use recreation facilities for a specific fitness area and/or type of equipment or activity, such as patrons who come to only play basketball, or run on a treadmill, or use the dumbbells, or swim at Totman in the morning. There is no practical way to give partial recreation access. Typically, it's one fee for everthing.
A: Absolutely. Proper ID (UCard or guest pass) is required by each patron for entrance to recreation facilities. You will not be permitted to enter the Recreation Center without your UCard.
A: Peak crowds at the Rec Center are between 4:00-8:00pm weekdays. Mornings 7:00-11:00am and evenings 10:00-midnight are least crowded. Weekends are much less crowded than weekdays.
A: Equipment is available at the equipment checkout desk in the Recreation Center (level 1 near Member Services) and includes basketballs, volleyballs, badminton racquets, badminton birdies and jump ropes. Patron UCard is required to borrow any equipment. It's a "bring your own" if you plan to use Boyden gym (courts) during recreation.
A: As available, workout towels are available at equipment checkout and can be returned to the on-site laundry bins or equipment checkout desk. Patrons are encouraged to bring a personal workout towel, as sometimes workout towels are being laundered and/or are all in use. Shower towels are available from the equipment desk. Again, proper ID is required to borrow a shower towel.
A: Yes, day lockers are available for members. Members are encouraged to bring their own locks or borrow one from the equipment checkout desk with proper ID. There is no fee to borrow a lock. Remember that day lockers are for temporary use (no overnight storage). Personal locks left on lockers will be removed. Also available in the Recreation Center are cubbies for quick storage.
A: Yes, full and half lockers can be rented on a first-come, first-served basis while available and must be renewed or returned by the end of the membership session. Rental fees are payable at Member Services.
A: For members who are pool users (because if you think about...it's nice to let your swimwear dry), lockers can be assigned for the and must be renewed or returned by the end of the membership session. Visit staff at the Boyden or Totman counter for a locker assignment. Please note: the counters are open during rec swim time only.
A: For pool users with an assigned locker, a towel will be provided. The towel service operates on a strict exchange. That is, when you turn your towel in for laundering, a clean towel will be immediately given to you. Without a towel to exchange, we can't give you one to use.
A: Many classes are offered in the Recreation Center in the activity rooms. The schedule changes daily, so the best way to know go to the class schedule link. Also, check out the class descriptions link for more info.
A: We absolutely do. If you can teach group fitness classes and have the required certifications, please contact the Assistant Director for Fitness/Wellness.
A: Benefitted staff should check with their insurance company. Some health company providers will offer reimbursement for recreation member benefits. Members of the UMass Graduate Employee Organization can also get partial reimbursement - check with GEO.
A: The Recreation Center is handicapped accessible. Entry to the Recreation Center is at Member Services on the main level. Locker rooms are on the main level. The passenger elevator will get you to the 2nd and 3rd levels. To access the Courtside Cafe on the 2nd level, use the lobby elevator near Member Services. Totman is handicapped accessible on the building's east side (see map). The Totman pool and men's and women's locker rooms are on the main level. Totman pool has the disabled swim hours because Totman has a chair lift for patrons requiring assistance getting in and out of the pool. Boyden is handicapped accessible at the building's north side (map). The pool and men's and women's locker rooms are on the main level.
A: Do you think we would close on Patriots Day to celebrate the Boston Marathon? We love the Boston Marathon, but heck no. Seriously, the holiday schedule is posted on our website.
A: The Recreation Center has an assisted changing room with shower on the main level near the men's and women's locker rooms. Totman and Boyden do not have assisted changing rooms.
A: Yes and no. Boyden gymnasium (courts) is scheduled for varsity practice, recreation, intramurals and club sports practice. Yes, it's a hot-bed of activity. Here's the recreation schedule for Boyden gymnasium.
A: Parking space around the Recreation Center is limited. A metered lot is located next to the George N. Parks Minuteman Marching Band Building on Hicks Way. Totman and Boyden have meters for parking. There is no free parking on campus from 7am—5pm. If you do not have a permit, you will need to purchase a one-day pass or utilize a metered lot or the Campus Parking Garage. From 5pm—7am, you may park in any non-24-hour restricted lot without a permit, or park in a metered space at no charge. You may also park at any meter from 5pm—9am.
A: Please link to our facility policies for more information. Being a good patron is important and key to maintaining the facilities.
A: When the University closes due to an emergency, an unplanned event, or inclement weather (yes, the Northeast can get snowstorms), all recreation facilities will close. At these times, call Member Services @ 413.545.0022 or check out our website for the latest info.