Menomonie (WQOW) – UW-Stout is asking its students to weigh in on possible improvements at its sports and recreation complex through a referendum.
After several student surveys and town-hall style meetings, Stout students have made it clear they want more from the sports facility on campus.
Next week, on April 11 and April 12, students will be sent an online referendum ballot with four renovation options, which include additional open recreation space along with more fitness and weight training space.
University officials told News 18 any improvements will benefit current and future students.
“When students tour campuses and start to make decisions on where they want to go to school, new and improved facilities and wellness and recreation are important,” said Duey Naatz, director of athletics and recreation at UW-Stout.
If students choose to have renovations made, Naatz said it will be paid for through student fees.
According to university officials, students currently pay a segregated fee of $88.50 per-year for the sports and recreation complex. Proposed increases include the current rate. Charges would appear on students’ semester bills with tuition and fees.
Options students will vote on include:
- Option A: Recycle the unused pool area into a multi-use gymnasium and improve locker rooms, addressing such issues as shower quality, lack of privacy and gender neutral options and a shared space during events. This would add 6,800 square feet in recreational space and cost $6.85 million. The cost is $5.45 per credit in segregated fees or $163.50 on a 30-credit load, an increase of $75 per year over current fees.
- Option B: Everything from Option A and include 20,000 square feet of new space dedicated to fitness including strength training, cardio and fitness studio. The athletic weight room would be relocated to the current fitness center, and the existing athletic weight room would be converted to a multi-use studio and/or classroom space. There would be a single entry point to the facility for greater security. Fitness Center member fees would be eliminated for UW-Stout students, and segregated fees would sustain the facility operations and capital improvements. Cost of the project is $16.3 million. Segregated fees for the project would be $9.20 per credit or $276 a year of a 30-credit load, an increase of $187.50 per year.
- Option C: All of options A and B with an additional 20,000 square feet of new space for two second-floor multi-use courts, two studio gyms and a walking and jogging track. There would also be space dedicated to open recreation. Total cost is $25.5 million. Segregated fees would be $11.29 per credit or $338.50 per year on a 30-credit load, an increase of $250 per year.
- Option D: No renovations or fee increases.