With natural light beaming throughout, the Aquatic Center (over 5400 square feet on floor 1) provides inspiration at its mere sight. At 25 yards long, the 4-lane pool is intended for lap swimming, water walking and running, aquatic classes, and swim instruction.
The superb sound system and moisture-proof speakers will provide excellent background music during aquatic classes and special events. If you are interested in a bit of relaxation, enjoy the warmth of the hot tub.
The center features a field house with a maple hardwood gymnasium and a multi-purpose court, equivalent to three standard gymnasiums, as well as a concession area, ticket booth, and racquetball court.
At over 20,000 square feet, the Behnken Field House is home to Griffin basketball and volleyball, as well as intramural and club sport activities, with seating for 1,200 Griffin fans! Suspended above the gym floors is an elevated two-lane track with a high tech mondo rubber surface for runners and walkers alike.
The first and second floors feature cardio "decks" (over 3200 square feet in total) overlooking the pool and climbing wall. The center features an array of cardiovascular equipment including treadmills, rowers, step mills, bikes, cross trainers and an arm ergometer. With 26 pieces of cardiovascular equipment members never have to wait for a machine or limit their time.
Towering 3-stories, the Climbing Wall excites climbers with 46 feet of vertical synthetic climbing that soars toward a skylight. It offers both top-roped and lead climbing routes between the grades of 5.5 and 5.12d.
This Eldorado wall boasts sustained overhangs, a synthetic crack system, powerful bouldering, and aesthetic climbing surfaces. Learn the basis behind climbing safety, belay tactics, lead climbing, and body dynamics at this phenomenal climbing facility.
Check out the Outdoor Program Climbing Wall Page for all the happenings on the wall.
This 2,044 square foot space is grounded by a suspended floor and topped by a triple-isolation ceiling sound barrier. The state-of-the-art sound system provides a rhythmic beat to classes such as hip hop dance, step aerobics, and indoor cycling, while the west facing bay window will bring light into the stillness of meditation and yoga classes.
The center features three distinct locker room facilities. The main locker rooms are located on the first floor and are intended for students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Fully equipped, these locker rooms have both tall and short lockers, showers, and bathrooms.
Connected to the main locker rooms are team lockers, in which student-athletes will have designated space and 24-inch “sit-in lockers” for their athletic equipment and belongings. Student-athletes will share the amenities in the main locker rooms with other members. A third locker room facility includes two athletic locker rooms. These rooms are located in the field house and are fully equipped with 24 inch “sit-in lockers,” showers, and bathrooms. Athletic teams in season will use the athletic locker rooms.
Please be sure to bring your own lock, as all lockers in the main locker rooms are for day use only.
Westminster College and the Fitness, Wellness and Recreation Department is not responsible for lost or stolen items stored in lockers. Never leave an unlocked locker unattended.
- Lockers are available to rent each semester. Only FWRD Issued locks will be allowed to remain on lockers overnight. The cost to rent a locker is $10.00 per semester for a half locker and $20.00 per semester for a full locker.
- Half lockers will be allocated for students enrolled in Human Performance and Wellness classes.
- Personal locks not removed by closing time each night will be cut off at the owner's expense and items will be placed in the lost and found.
Wellness seminars, campus events, guest speakers, and trainings are among the many uses to be provided by the Special Event Rooms (floor 2). Totaling over 1650 square feet, the rooms can be used as one or two spaces,depending on the needs of the group or individual.
The track is located above the gymnasiums in the field house. Access to the track is from the second floor, to the east or west of the climbing wall. At 1/10 of a mile around, you only need to complete 10 laps to reach a mile!
With specialized mondo flooring, this 2 lane track will be an excellent place to hold a “walking meeting,” or continue your exercise routine in inclement weather.
Whether you are interested in selectorized, plate-loaded, or free weight equipment, the Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center weight room is the place to go. This 2,022 square foot space is grounded with specialized mondo flooring and filled with Life Fitness equipment.
Resistance training is not only central to developing muscular strength and endurance, but can also slow the onset of osteoporosis, improve posture, and increase your metabolism.
Dumke Elevated Playing Field
In Summer of 2006, the southeast corner of campus was transformed into 110,585 square feet of stunning “greenery.” A synthetic sport turf surface was placed on top of the 360 stall parking structure to create a multipurpose playing field for soccer, lacrosse, and intramural and club sports. Sitting in the space once known as the Dane Hansen Memorial Stadium, the Dumke Elevated Playing Field and parking structure has bleachers to seat 1700 and a field space of 115 by 75 yards.
Outdoor Bouldering Wall
The outdoor bouldering wall is a 12 foot no-roped facility located on the southwest side of Nightingale Hall. This highly featured EntrePrises creation has been offering climbers both technical and powerful bouldering problems since 1994. Falls are protected by six inch thick pads and climbers are encouraged to have a spotter at all times. The bouldering wall is open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni between the hours of 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Sand Volleyball Court
Located in the center of our residential village, the sand volleyball court is a spectacular place to be physically active while breathing in the outdoors. Head over to the Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center to check-out a volleyball, grab a few of your friends, and serve away!
The Fitness, Wellness, and Recreation Department and Intercollegiate Athletic Department programs and activities have priority in all reservations, with the exception of special occasions.
The Special Events Room can be booked through Outlook by college community members.
- Dolores Dore Eccles Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center
- Aquatic Center
- Climbing Wall
- Field House (Gymnasium and Multi-Purpose Court)
- Elevated Playing Field
- Outdoor Bouldering Wall
- Outdoor Sport Court
- Payne Gymnasium
- Locker Rooms (Club and Intercollegiate Athletic Teams only)
- Weight Room (Intercollegiate Athletic Teams only)
- Sand Volleyball Court