by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio - Cedarville University officials are considering plans to construct a $12 million fitness and recreation facility on the eastern Greene County campus. Dr. Paul Dixon, Cedarville's president, announced the initiative Oct. 12 in a presentation to students, faculty, staff, and alumni who had gathered on the campus for weekend homecoming festivities. Preliminary plans and architectural renderings have been produced, but the decision to move forward with the building is still some months away. "The decision to begin construction on this facility will be made at our next board meeting in January," Dixon said. "It will depend on how the board feels about gifts and commitments to the project and the state of the economy in this uncertain time," he said. "Our student body has more than doubled since we built our athletic center in 1981," said Dr. Carl Ruby, vice president for student services at the independent institution. "With that growth, the greater number and variety of both varsity and intramural athletic activities offered, and the amplified interest in personal fitness among most individuals, we have more than outgrown our current facility," he explained. "If the building project as envisioned is approved," Ruby said, "we will more than double campus floor-space devoted to fitness, health, and recreation. Plans call for free-weight, aerobic, and other fitness areas, as well as a rock-climbing wall. We will also double the number of racquetball and squash courts and enjoy a second gymnasium with multiple courts for basketball, volleyball, and other floor sports," he emphasized. "And our athletic trainers, both those who provide support to the athletic department and students who are studying for that major, will enjoy much needed extra classroom and treatment space," he said. "This initiative is another major advancement for Cedarville University," Ruby said. "We want to do everything possible to ensure our students have a world-class experience when they attend here. We believe we offer the faculty, the curriculum, the support staff, and the facilities for that to be true for the academic, social, and spiritual dimensions of life now. This facility upgrade will mean that is true for the recreational aspect of life as well," he said.