Embark on a journey through CWU's University Recreation facilities, where a world of health, fitness, and engagement awaits you.

Our state-of-the-art spaces offer everything from modern fitness centers equipped with cutting-edge equipment to versatile courts and studios for group activities. Dive into indoor tracks, climbing walls, and relaxing pool areas. Whether you're a seasoned athlete or just starting your wellness journey, our facilities cater to all fitness levels. With convenient hours, skilled staff, and an array of amenities, CWU's University Recreation facilities are here to support your active lifestyle and well-being goals.

Facility Operations

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.

Helpful Links

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.

Additional Information

  • Recreation Center

    Academic Hours:

    Monday - Friday: 6:00am - 10:00pm

    Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm


    Fall Hours Changes and Closures:

    November 10th - 12th: Holiday Hours

    Friday: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    November 22nd - 25th: Holiday Hours

    Wednesday: 6:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Thursday - Saturday: CLOSED

    December 4th: Early Closure

    Monday: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm

    December 8th: Early Closure

    Friday: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

    December 9th - December 15th: Winter Break Hours

    Closed on Weekends

    Monday - Friday: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

    December 16th - January 1st: Closed

    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.


    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


    Winter Break Hours: Closed

    Winter Quarter Hours:

    Starting Jan 3rd-

    Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 6am - 8am

    Monday - Friday 12 pm - 1 pm

    Monday - Thursday 5 pm - 7pm


    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 6 years - 15 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.

    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

    Tennis courts will close on December 15th for the season.

    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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