Wichita State In Talks To Bring New YMCA To Innovation Campus

Mar 1, 2017

Wichita State University is in talks with the YMCA to build a new fitness facility on the school's Innovation Campus.

Wichita State students would automatically be Y members under the new plan and have access to other Y's in Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey counties.

Teri Hall, WSU vice president for student affairs, says the new facility would offer upper-end workout classes for students, a drop-in day care center, and wellness services.

A rendering of where the facility would be located on the Innovation Campus.
Credit SJCF Architecture

"As part of the Y, we would build a new health and wellness center that would move our counseling services and our health services in a combined space that we would be able to expand and enhance in a way that we wouldn’t be able to do without this discussion that we're having right now," Hall says.

Aquatics, the rowing team and the school's sports clubs would remain at the Heskett Center. Operating costs would mainly come from student fees at an increase of about $7.75 per credit hour.

If a plan is approved by the end this semester, students will have access to Y facilities in the metro area starting July 1. The new Y would open in the summer of 2019.

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