The mission of Campus Recreation is to provide students, faculty, and staff with programs that offer competitive, non-competitive, health promotion, and physical activity conducive to their personal development and overall wellness within safe facilities and fun-filled environments. The department also provides leadership development opportunities for students and participants. The department personnel recognize the value of developing the total person and feel that recreational and intramural sports are an essential component of the educational experience at the University of Central Arkansas.
The HPER originally opened November 27th 2000 as a 72,0000 square foot recreation center located on the corner of Student Lane and Farris on the southwest corner of the UCA Campus. In 2012 the process for an extensive expansion and renovation project began.
In addition to the three pre-existing, re-finished full-sized basketball courts, the expansion and renovation will include an approximate 10,000 sf. weight room, an approximate 5,000 sf. cardio room, and three group exercise studios including one dedicated to spinning classes. Windows will be placed around the pre-existing Mondo X indoor track to allow exercisers to look out to the nature reserve and to provide an open feel that coincides with the architectural style of the new portion of the HPER. Also added to the HPER will be a natatorium, featuring a 6 lane, 25 yard lap pool. Other additions will include lounge areas, recreational game space, three racquetball courts, an outdoor recreation center, where the campus community can check-out kayaks, canoes, camping equipment and even get basic bicycle services and repairs done.
It is our hope that upon completions of this major expansion and renovation, campus recreation can continue to full-fill it’s mission and to help make the UCA campus a healthier place as individuals and as a whole.
Due to phase II construction, the HPER is currently closed. The expected opening date is now scheduled for November 11, 2014.
The HPER Fitness Center will continue to work with 10 Fitness during the fall semester, from August 21st-November 10th. Please click here for more information on how to enroll starting August 21st.
HPER Center Expansion-Phase II
Campus recreation has created a Facebook page to keep students informed and updated on the HPER Phase II Expansion. Click on the link above to like our page and view the latest updates on YOUR HPER Facility. We welcome comments and questions you may have concerning the UCA HPER Expansion Phase II.
A Bear Tradition!
The Campus Recreation Department has a tradition that offers students a wide variety of healthy activities at all ability levels. Opportunities for active competition, fitness conditioning, skill building, stress release, leadership development and peer socialization will be available through Campus Recreation programming. Students will be able to take advantage of new and exciting opportunities through various programs offered.