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Recreation Facility Hours

Please visit the Climbing Wall and Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals pages for current operating hours. Their hours may be different from Recreation Center operating hours.

  • The CWU Recreation Center, Climbing Wall, and OPR Shop are all operating under reduced Winter Break hours and closures.

  • We do not require facial coverings, but welcome those who may find more comfort in wearing one. Use of facial coverings is currently strongly encouraged by the Public Health Department to reduce the spread of the RSV and seasonal influenza viruses. Facial coverings are available at our Membership Desk upon request.


Current weather conditions at the RSC (Select 'mobile' when on a portable device)
Air quality is monitored at AirNow.gov and outdoor facilities and programs will close at 151 or higher.


  • Recreation Center

    We will be closed December 26th - January 1st.
    *Regular academic hours will resume January 02.


    Winter Quarter Academic Hours (1/02 - 3/17, 2023):

    Monday - Friday 6:00am 10:00pm
    Saturday-Sunday 12:00pm 8:00pm

    Upcoming Hours Changes and Closures:

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day Weekend (1/13 -1/16):
    January 13: close at 6pm
    January 14/15: 12 - 6pm
    January 16th: 12 - 10pm
    *Regular academic hours will resume on 1/17.

    President's Day Weekend (2/17 - 2/20):
    February 17th: close at 6pm
    February 18/19th: 12 - 6pm
    February 20th: 12 - 10pm
    *Regular academic hours will resume on 2/21.

    Spring Break Hours (3/17 - 3/26):
    March 17th: close at 6pm
    March 18/19th: CLOSED
    March 20 - 24th: 6am - 6pm
    March 25th: 12 - 6pm
    *Regular academic hours will resume on 3/26.

    Memorial Day Weekend (5/26 - 5/29):
    May 26th: close at 6pm
    May 27/28th: 12 - 6pm
    May 29th: 12 - 10pm
    *Regular academic hours will resume 5/30.

    The Recreation Center offers two floors of amazing health and fitness options. The 80,000 sq. ft. exercise mecca has a 50-foot climbing wall with two arches for bouldering, a strength training area, fitness and cardio equipment areas, an elevated 1/8-mile jogging track, a four-court gymnasium, two group exercise rooms, locker rooms with saunas and the Outdoor Pursuits and Rental shop.

  • Recreation Sports Complex

    The RSC is only available for scheduled programs and events. Outdoor fields are available at the Alder Field Complex located at the corner of Alder St. and 18th Ave.

    To see current reservation schedules at the RSC, please visit your Membership Portal, recreation.cwu.edu.

    The Recreation Sports Complex opened in November 2018 and includes a fully lit turf infield and NCAA competition track. Other highlights include: grandstands with 600 spectator seats, throws venue (hammer, shot put, javelin, and discus), stadium style scoreboard, restrooms, food truck capabilities and perimeter fencing.

  • Recreation Member Swim Sessions

    We are not currently offering swim sessions due to the impact on that facility from renovations on Nicholson Pavillion.

    Must present CWU Connection Card, and have valid membership with CWU Recreation, or have a valid swim pass. Please purchase swim pass at the CWU Recreation Center prior to use of the pool. A waiver must be completed prior to use of the pool. Ellensburg public may purchase a pool pass to use the pool during Rec Swim sessions, but are not membership eligible.

    Children ages 6months - 13 years are allowed to join their parent, who is a current Recreation Center member for aquatic activities in the CWU Pool during designated Open Recreation swim sessions.

    The parent must be present and actively involved with the child in the Pool at all times.

    Each child must purchase a daily guest pass ($3) for each swim session.

    If the Pool occupancy reaches 20, parents and children may be asked to refrain from entering until occupancy decreases, so that adequate lifeguard supervision is maintained.

    Children age 14-17 may participate in Aquatic activities at the CWU Pool, with a parent on site and the purchase of a daily guest pass or current Recreation Center membership.

    Dependents age 18 years and older may participate in designated Open Recreation and Lap Swim sessions by purchasing a daily guest pass or Recreation Center membership.

    Pool Specifications:

    • 10 lanes with starting blocks (except for official meets)
    • 3 meter Springboard
    • 1 meter Spring Board
    • Water Polo capabilities
    • 25 yards X 25 meters
    • 4 to 15 feet in depth
    • Equipment for Use:
      • Kickboards
      • Fins
      • Water Basketball
      • Pull Buoys

    Locker Rental:
    Lockers are available for use in the men’s and women’s locker rooms. For day use, bring your own lock.

    Towel Service:
    No towel service available; bring your own towel.

    Location:
    Walnut Street, adjacent to Tomlinson Stadium.

    Swim Lessons and Reservations:

    Please contact David McDowell, David.McDowell@cwu.edu or 509-963-1920

  • Lister Tennis Facility

    *The Lister Tennis Facility is closed for the Winter Season. We hope to re-open in March, weather allowing.

    All posted policies and procedures must be followed. Please check here regularly for updates regarding the Lister Tennis Courts.

    WAC 106-140-670, CWUR 7-30-08

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Contact Us

400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA, 98926-7448
Phone: 509.963.3512
E-mail: recreation@cwu.edu