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Facilities & Equipment

Court view with basketball hoop

Designed exclusively for the CWU campus community, the Recreation Center offers many features to help make your choice of activity safe and enjoyable. So, what exactly can you expect to find at the Recreation Center? Take a look below and view our interactive photo gallery, here.


  • Strength training and cardio fitness areas
  • Two group fitness studios
  • Private personal training and fitness testing office
  • Core training area
  • Machine circuit training area

Locker Rooms

  • 300+ safe and secure rentable lockers in both of the men’s and women’s locker rooms
  • Private showers with cleanser/soap
  • Dry saunas in men’s and women’s locker rooms
  • Private accessible and/or family locker room
  • Hair dryers

Climbing Wall

  • 50-foot indoor rock climbing wall
  • Instructional classes available

Court Sports

  • Four basketball courts
  • Equipment for badminton, volleyball and pickleball

Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals

  • Located on SE exterior corner of Recreation Center
  • Outdoor equipment rentals and trips

Indoor Track

  • Located on the second floor of the facility, encircling the gymnasium
  • Views of every area of the facility
  • Soft surface, prime for distance running/walking
  • 1/8 of a mile

Strength and Cardio Equipment

  • Over 50 Life Fitness and Hammer Strength weight training stations
  • More than 50 pieces of cardio equipment, including treadmills, stair climbers, arc trainers, elliptical trainers, stationary bikes and recumbent bikes
  • Overhead televisions equipped with Cardio Theater®, providing individual listening stations on each piece of cardio equipment to keep you entertained during your workout
  • Knowledgeable and trained staff to assist you with machine adjustments and proper weight training technique


Other Recreational Facilities & Services

CWU Aquatic Center

  • Located north of the PE Building on Walnut Street
  • Indoor pool during open recreation swimming times (posted quarterly)

Challenge Course

  • Located on 18th St. between Alder and Brooklane
  • World-class team-building opportunities

Alder Field Complex

  • Located on the SE corner of Alder and 18th St.
  • Multipurpose fields

Nicholson Pavilion

  • Located on Dean Nicholson Blvd.
  • Main gym and upper gym used for intramural basketball and volleyball
  • Fieldhouse used for intramural indoor soccer and collegiate sport clubs


  • Located at Ellensburg Racquet & Recreation Center on Vantage Hwy.
  • Indoor racquetball courts at no cost during select hours
  • Call 925-8636

Fred and Valerie Lister Tennis Facility

  • Located on Dean Nicholson Blvd.
  • 10 on-campus courts
  • Practice hitting wall
  • Spectator seating

Locker room lockers

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