Starting this term, students will have a new location to get workout in. On March 28. at 10 a.m., Mazama will be opening a brand new exercise center for students and faculty. Director of Sports and Recreation, Bill Douglass, and Coordinator of Intramural and Club Sports, Matt Greenleaf have spearheaded the project to renovated the Mazama classrooms 101 and 102 into the Mazama Exercise Center.
The hope is that the new center will benefit students whose free time to exercise clashes with the schedules of classes that use the gym. Currently, students are not allowed to exercise while classes are in session. This new room will be accessible to students regardless of classes occurring in the main weight room.
“Many students come in wanting to workout and find that a class is in session with no space available”, Douglass said.
This can causes a lot of frustration for many students.
“Students get frustrated and we agree with them 100 percent,” Douglass said.
The push from student frustrations and sympathy from these two faculty have resulted in this soon to be completed project.“
Students will be able to use the facility if they take a HHP activity course or pay $20 per term. Community members can gain access by paying $91 per term. However “the project is primarily for students,” according to Douglass.
The idea for a project of this size has been in the works for the last few years. However, only a year ago did the rooms become available and the plan was put in motion to create the center and solve the problem.
The whole project will cost the school just under $300,000. $150,000 was spent on new equipment, technology never before seen at COCC. The rest was spent on the renovating the rooms. The new equipment will include state-of-the-art treadmills, ellipticals, cycle machines, and rowing machines. Douglas and Greenleaf believe the new center will benefit students for many years to come.
Gabe Medina | The Broadside