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UW-Stout Student Association recommends $25 million in recreational improvements

Menomonie (WQOW) – If student leaders at UW-Stout get their way, more than $25 million will be put into improving the university’s Sports and Recreation Complex.

According to UW-Stout leaders, the money would be spent on new multi-use courts, studio gyms, walking/jogging track and more.

The additions would not come free however. Student segregated fees would increase by $11.29 per credit. That would mean an additional $338.50 per-year for a student taking the average 30 credits.

The total project would cost $25.5 million.

An advisory referendum held in April by the student government included four questions. Nearly half, 49.5 percent, of the 1,275 students voted for the option to recycle the unused pool area into a multi-use gymnasium and improve locker and shower facilities, providing more privacy and gender-neutral options, according to the university.

SSA President Deon Canon said he believes the result of the vote showed students wanted the Sports and Recreation Complex updated to meet the current and future needs of students.

“The current Sports and Recreation Complex is inadequate and inaccessible to the majority of the student population,” Canon said. “Renovating and expanding the building will ensure students will be able to enjoy the Sports and Recreation Complex for the future.”

The project still needs final approval from the Board of Regents.

Photo Credit: UW-Stout

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