The Wildcat Recreation Center offers one-stop shopping for all students’ exercise and recreation activities. Choices abound in this state-of-the-art facility.
The 130,000 sq. ft building boasts over 80 weight machines, another 80 cardiovascular machines, and four group exercise rooms for a variety of fitness classes including yoga, Pilates, aerobics, spinning, and Zumba, to name a few.
Students can drop into the WREC to use the 1/8 mile elevated running track, swim in the 25 yard x 25 meter pool, utilize the 12-person spa, or climb the 35-foot climbing wall and 60-foot bouldering arch.
Three basketball courts and a multi-activity court create opportunities for basketball, volleyball, badminton, indoor soccer, dodgeball, and much more.
The climbing wall includes 13 belay stations and a repel ledge. Lessons, along with necessary equipment, are provided for student participants.
In addition to lap and recreational swimming, the solar-heated outdoor pool is used to program group classes and Recreational Sports events.
With the open architecture of the WREC, users are able to see from one activity space into another. This ability to “see” and “be seen” promotes the social atmosphere of the facility, highlighted by wireless access throughout the building, social seating areas, large plasma televisions, and a snack bar.
The WREC employs more than 100 students in a variety of areas, including fitness supervisors, front desk staff, lifeguards, officials, group exercise instructors, climbing wall instructors, adventure outings trip leaders, and custodial and maintenance workers. Opportunities also exist for internships and graduate assistantships in the areas of Recreational Sports, marketing, facility operations, and more.
The WREC is a program of the Associated Students and funded by student fees. There is no additional membership costs required of students. The Associated Students is proud to promote the WREC as a “green” building with a LEED silver Sustainability Certification.
The WREC is home to Adventure Outings, the campus’ outdoor adventure program. In addition to managing the climbing wall at the WREC, Adventure Outings provides students with over 40 outdoor trips each semester to areas throughout California and its neighboring states, led by student trip leaders and professional staff.
Adventure Outings also provides equipment rentals, bike repair services, and water-based recreation at the Oroville Forebay Aquatic Center (FAC). The FAC offers year round aquatic programs such as rowing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, wake boarding, water skiing, and more.
Recreational Sports, an extremely popular program on campus, runs its program out of the WREC. Recreational Sports provides intramural sports and sport club opportunities for thousands of students. Intramural leagues give students the opportunity to form teams and compete against other Chico State students in a variety of sports, including flag football, basketball, soccer, and volleyball.
Sport Clubs are student-organized, student-run sports teams and operate at either a recreational or competitive level. Recreational sport clubs include programs like martial arts, dance, and fencing. Competitive Sport Club teams compete against other universities and currently include lacrosse, rugby, inline hockey, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, field hockey, water polo, cycling, water ski, and soccer.