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Swinney Recreation Center

Fitness Center
Multipurpose Courts
Aquatic Center
Soccer Stadium & Recreational Field
Aerobics Room
(304)
North Lobby
Old Swinney Gymnasium
Multipurpose Room
(501)
Equipment Checkout,
Locks & Towels
Badminton Courts
Indoor Track
Outdoor Track
Locker Rooms
Racquetball/Handball and Squash Courts
Steam and
Sauna Rooms
Physical Education Lab (131)
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Volker Campus Overview

Swinney Recreation Center provides a number of exciting services to its students and members. We offer a wide variety of facilities and venues for your health and wellness needs, ranging from an Aerobics Room to our Aquatic Center, Multipurpose Courts to our state of the art Fitness Center and newly minted Recreational Field. Please click on the links above to learn more about each of our facilities.

In addition, we've listed information about our daily lock and towel service and equipment checkout guidelines as well.

Fitness Center

Fitness Center

This nearly 7,000 square feet area houses three distinct exercise options: cardio, circuit training (selectorized equipment) and free weights. We continually update our fitness machines and equipment to ensure our students and members have state-of-the-art equipment to meet a myriad of fitness needs. Cybex, LifeFitness, Precor and TechnoGym are but a few of our primary vendors. Eleven monitors also display the latest news and sports programming.

Fitness Facts

~ The teeth and bones contain the most calcium (about 99 percent). Nerve cells, body tissues, blood, and other body fluids contain the remaining calcium.

Multipurpose Courts

Multipurpose Courts

Swinney Recreation Center offers five collegiate basketball/volleyball courts, four of which are situated adjacent to one another on the first level. These courts were completely replaced over the summer of 2012 at a cost of approximately $750,000.

Be sure to check the daily facility schedule at the Control Center as these courts are also used for Physical Education classes, UMKC Intercollegiate Athletics practices and contests, Campus Recreation and Intramurals programming as well as select University activities, such as Commencement, employer fairs, concerts, student organization and community rentals.

Fitness Facts

~ Calcium is the most plentiful mineral found in the human body.

Aquatic Center

Aquatic Center

Swinney Recreation Center offers six, 25-yard lap lanes and a separate training well in the shallow end. Pool depth ranges from four to thirteen feet. The water temperature is maintained at a comfortable 82 to 83 degrees. The unique sliding glass doors also allow for a multi-seasonal environment as well, weather permitting. The entire pool shell was replaced in the summer of 2013 at a cost of approximately $110,000.

The spacious deck features lounge chairs and tables to relax and converse with fellow students and members. This 11,500 square foot area is available for youth parties, student organization and community rentals.

Fitness Facts

~ Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it. —Oprah Winfrey

Recreational Field

Durwood Soccer Stadium and Recreational Field

The Stanley H. Durwood Soccer Stadium and Recreational Field provides UMKC students, SRC members and community groups with one of the top multi-use fields in the region. As the home to Campus Recreation and Intramurals as well as the UMKC Soccer programs, this lighted venue adds to the growing residential feel of the campus. Swinney Recreation Center partnered with a generous gift from the Durwood Foundation to help facilitate the construction of this stadium and field. Completed in 2009, this $9 million facility seats up to 850 spectators in the stadium area.

Be sure to check the daily facility schedule at the Control Center as the field is also used for Physical Education classes, UMKC Intercollegiate Athletics practices and contests, Campus Recreation and Intramurals programming as well as select University activities, student organization and community rentals

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Fitness Facts

~ Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase. —Joseph Pilates

Aerobics Room

Aerobics Room

The Aerobics Room is the primary location for all Campus Recreation Aerobics and Fitness classes. This 2,300 square foot room is reserved for Campus Recreation aerobics classes and select Physical Education activities only.

Fitness Facts

~ A strong body makes the mind strong. —Thomas Jefferson

North Lobby

North Lobby

The North Lobby is the primary entrance for all special University events held at Swinney Recreation Center, including Commencement and UMKC Intercollegiate Athletics contests. Community rentals also may have access to this area as it is the primary location for concessions and registration.

With its unique placement and layout, this 2,400 square foot area will be available for youth parties, student organization and community rentals beginning in November, 2013.

Fitness Facts

~ Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states. —Carol Welch

Old Swinney Gymnasium

Old Swinney Gymnasium

A part of the original facility completed in 1941, Old Swinney Gymnasium was part of the $250,000 gift to the then-University of Kansas City. Named for E.F. Swinney, a prominent Kansas City philanthropist, the gym received a $500,000 facelift in 2010 - complete with a new flooring system and bleachers, as well as basketball goals with adjustable heights.

Be sure to check the daily facility schedule at the Control Center as this area is also used for Physical Education classes, UMKC Intercollegiate Athletics practices, Campus Recreation and Intramurals programming as well as select University activities, youth parties, student organization and community rentals.

Fitness Facts

~ A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise. —A.A. Milne

Multipurpose Room

Multipurpose Room (501)

Newly renovated with tiled flooring, brighter and more efficient lighting, this mirrored, 725 square foot room is available for students and members on a first-come, first serve basis.

Fitness Facts

~ Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. —Plato

Equipment Checkout

Daily Equipment Checkout / Lock & Towel Service

If the activity is offered at Swinney Recreation Center, chances are that we have what you need to work out.

Daily Equipment Checkout

Students, members and guests may check out basketballs, volleyballs, jump ropes, racquetball and badminton racquets, safety glasses and other equipment at the Service Center. Students and members are responsible for all equipment checked out to them and may be charged replacement costs for all lost, stolen or damaged items.

Daily Lock & Towel Service

A Swinney Recreation Center lock, key and clean towel will be issued at no charge to all members and guests daily at the Service Center. All keys, locks and towels must be returned before leaving Swinney Recreation Center. No personal or daily locks are permitted overnight; any items left overnight will be confiscated and may be subject to a fine to recover those items.

Swinney Recreation Center does offer rental lockers for extended amounts of time. Please visit the Membership Office during normal office hours.

Fitness Facts

~ Health is not valued till sickness comes.
—Dr. Thomas Fuller

Badminton Birdie

Badminton Courts

Swinney Recreation Center offers up to twelve badminton courts throughout the facility. With four courts neatly situated inside Old Swinney Gymnasium and the other eight in two of the downstairs Multipurpose Courts, we recognize badminton is an increasingly popular recreation option for UMKC students.

Fitness Facts

~ Calcium is the most plentiful mineral found in the human body.

Indoor Track

Indoor Track

Situated just off of the Control Center entrance, the elevated 3-lane, 200 meter Indoor Track overlooks the Multipurpose Courts. The new blue and gray Mondo surface was installed in 2009.

Be sure to check the daily facility schedule at the Control Center as this area may be closed for Physical Education classes, UMKC Intercollegiate Athletics contests, Campus Recreation and Intramurals programming as well as select University activities.

Fitness Facts

~ More than 1.1 million intramural contests are scheduled across college campuses each year.

Outdoor Track

Outdoor Track

Surrounding the Recreational Field, this 4-lane walking and jogging track is available to UMKC students and members. The lanes are approximately 400m and completed with a Mondo surface.

Be sure to check the daily facility schedule at the Control Center as this area may be closed for Physical Education classes, UMKC Intercollegiate Athletics practices and contests, Campus Recreation and Intramurals programming as well as select University activities, student organization and community rentals.

Fitness Facts

~ More than 2 million individuals participate in collegiate sport clubs

Locker Room Lockers

Locker Rooms

Newly renovated in 2008 as part of a $2 million facility upgrade, there are four separate locker rooms (Men's Faculty/Staff/Community, Women's Faculty/Staff/Community, Men's Student and Women's Student) available to UMKC students, faculty, staff and community members. Completely upgraded to reflect the demands of a growing student and member population, each locker room contains individual showers and multiple grooming areas.

Daily (free) locks and lockers are complimentary and provided by Swinney Recreation Center. Long-term rental lockers are available in each area; please visit the Membership Office during regular business hours for more information.

Fitness Facts

~ The teeth and bones contain the most calcium (about 99 percent). Nerve cells, body tissues, blood, and other body fluids contain the remaining calcium.

Racquetball Courts

Racquetball and Squash Courts

Situated inside the original facility, we have four racquetball courts (2 of which have a viewing area) and one squash court available for reservation. Courts may be reserved by UMKC students, faculty, staff and community members for an hour at a time by contacting the Service Center at 816-235-2715.

Fitness Facts

~ Calcium is the most plentiful mineral found in the human body.

Dry Sauna Room

Steam and Sauna Rooms

Cool down in the co-ed steam and sauna rooms overlooking the pool and located inside the Aquatic Center. Completed in 2008 as part of the overall locker room renovation, these two rooms are available while the Aquatic Center is open and select evenings.

Fitness Facts

~ Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it. —Oprah Winfrey

Physical Education Lab

Physical Education Lab

Located off of the Multipurpose Courts, this classroom comes fully equipped with ILE technology and seating for approximately 25. This lab is used primarily for Physical Education classes, First Aid/CPR/AED trainings and select University events.

Fitness Facts

~ Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase. —Joseph Pilates

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