New Outdoor Fitness Space

New Outdoor Fitness Space Rendering

Summer 2022

Based on member feedback and other work we did this spring, we are excited to announce that we will be converting Truman’s Pond into an outdoor fitness space.

This new outdoor fitness space will have many benefits for MizzouRec members: It will offer more workout space. It will be open and available to members year-round. And it will offer new equipment, activities and fitness programs that can’t be found anywhere else in MizzouRec.

Among the new equipment we are planning for the new outdoor fitness space you’ll find squat racks, tires and weighted sleds as well as shade canopies to provide some protection from the weather. Explore our photo gallery below to see first looks at what the New Outdoor Fitness Space could look like.

We plan to open the new space in April 2023

Please stay tuned for more information as we continue to update you on important milestones in this journey!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH TRUMAN’S POND?

During spring 2022 opening, we found more maintenance issues than expected. We sought member feedback about the best use of the space moving forward, and heard that members would rather renovate the area to have more outdoor fitness space that can be used year-round. 

WHY IS MIZZOUREC CREATING AN OUTDOOR FITNESS SPACE?

  • The new outdoor fitness space can be used year-round, instead of the six months per year members could use the outdoor pool. 
  • An outdoor fitness space will allow for more members to access the space year-round. 
  • The outdoor fitness space follows national campus recreation trends and aligns with our goal to enhance the recreational experience. 

WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR THE PROJECT? 

We plan to open the new space in April 2023  

WHAT WILL THE NEW OUTDOOR FITNESS SPACE FEATURE?

There will be programming opportunities such as:  

  • Personal training services  
  • Faculty/staff-oriented sessions  
  • Equipment introductions  
  • Year-round outdoor bootcamp and TigerX classes 

THE AVAILABLE EQUIPMENT AND AMENITIES WILL INCLUDE: 

  • Squat racks  
  • Tires 
  • Weighted sleds 
  • Music  
  • Shade canopies to provide partial weather protection  

ARE THESE PHOTOS EXACTLY WHAT THE NEW SPACE WILL LOOK LIKE?

The featured photos are renderings that provide a first look at what the New Outdoor Fitness could look like. We are still in the process of solidifying types of equipment and final recreational opportunities for the space. We will be seeking member feedback to make sure we incorporate what members want! 

HOW WILL THIS CHANGE AFFECT SWIMMING OPPORTUNITIES AT MIZZOUREC?

Lap swimming will continue to be available in the indoor aquatic spaces. Truman’s Pond did not include a lap swimming area. 

WHAT ARE THE PLANS TO MAINTAIN LEISURE AREAS AT MIZZOUREC WITH THE OUTDOOR POOL GONE? 

You will see enhancements and leisure activities taking place at both the Rothwell lawn area, adjacent to Rollins Street, and to the indoor Tiger Grotto aquatic space. 

HOW CAN WE FOLLOW THE PROGRESS OF THIS PROJECT?

We will provide updates on this webpage and give an inside look at important milestones along the way!

Spring 2022

Providing you with the best fitness and recreational experience is our top priority. That’s why this spring we sought your feedback on how best to utilize the Truman’s Pond space.

This spring, when we began annual maintenance to prepare Truman’s Pond for opening — we found more repairs were needed than anticipated. With this information, we decided to pause and take some time to get MizzouRec member feedback. We asked members — with the information that Truman’s Pond would be costly to repair — should we repair this space as an outdoor pool or explore other options?

From there, forums were held on the topic April 26 and 27. We invited student leaders and MizzouRec student employees to provide recommendations on whether to keep the outdoor pool or reimagine this space so that it can better serve you.

In these forums, members told us they wanted more workout space and more functional fitness equipment.

We examined the member feedback, cost estimates and how many people were using Truman’s Pond to decide on the future of the Truman’s Pond space.