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Wellness & Recreation Facility Exploration


With steadfast commitments to student success and social mobility, CSUSM remains focused on advancing the academic, professional and holistic wellness opportunities for students through innovative facilities, expanded resources and engaging programs.  During Fall 2022, conversations reconvened to explore pathways to a stand-alone Wellness & Recreation Facility to serve our campus community.  At this time, CSUSM is one of the few CSU campuses without a comprehensive facility.  As a modern and growing institution, CSUSM strives to be a first choice institution for students today and for future generations. With leadership from Associated Students, Incorporated (ASI) and with support from campus leadership and other key campus departments, there is a strong desire and commitment to increase access, provide vital collaboration spaces and enhance student service programs pertaining to wellness, basic needs and recreation/fitness.  We hope to share more information in the coming months with ways you can be part of this exciting process as we look forward.

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Previous Work

In 2019, the Associated Students, Inc. Board of Directors approved a resolution in support of the Wellness and Recreation Facility and a feasibility study was commissioned and funded by Campus Recreation, providing a significant amount of valuable financial data connected to student needs, building size and amenities.  The Clarke Field House is primarily serving Athletics and Campus Recreation operates as a tenant within the building. Wellness initiatives are scattered across campus and sponsored by ASI Cougar Pantry, Cougar Care Network, Student Health and Counseling Center and Housing, to name a few. The pandemic placed an unfortunate pause in this project, however, Associated Students, Inc. is leading the conversation to explore possibilities for students and our campus community. 

Next Steps

After diligent work completed during spring semester 2023, the Advisory Work Group identified the ideal pathway as the private-public-partnership (P3) in a non-university location option. The exploratory Advisory Work Group met regularly, consulted with students and campus stakeholders, and reviewed reports and recommendations from consultant group Brailsford & Dunlavey, Inc., More information related to Fall 2023 exploration will be announced as determined.