In response to your #3, the Lied is very impractical for students who live on the west side of campus. You can't drive there because there is never any parking. It's a 20-30 minute walk, and it's always insanely busy, no matter what time of day you go. If you want something that is more convenient and less crowded, it makes perfect sense to add a new facility to the west side of campus. Having lots of options for exercise is a GOOD THING.
Edit: I lived on the west side of campus all 4 years I was in school, and getting to the Lied was annoying. I actually preferred driving to the Ames Racquet and Fitness Center, even though I had to pay a monthly membership fee.
This strikes me as an absolutely hilarious comment! If you just walked to the building and back (40-60 minutes according to this post) you should be set for your cardio workout!
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I would be surprised if the project takes anything more than 3 years. The fees don't go up until the proposed date of opening (Fall 2011). And yes I know these things don't always go according to plan but that isn't a reason to say it'll take 5 years.
40-60 minutes of walking does the equivalent of burning off the calories in one 20 oz soda. That's not a cardio workout. And when it's winter, you don't want to walk across campus every day. We already do that enough for classes. It makes a whole ton of sense to build this facility.
They are replacing the torn up parking by paving the green space that is to the west of the bottom edge of Friley and south of Martin.
I don't want to be a naysayer of this project but I did vote against this and here's why.
1. It will probably take at least 5 years to get done, which means I won't be able to use it.
2. They are going to tear up the parking lot behind Eaton and Martin, which may not seem like a big deal to some but for people like me who live in those dorms it is a huge deal.
3. Why do we need two huge weight facilities? I don't understand either have one or the other but not both. I agree that the Lied does need some improvements but why build another facitily?
1. This is just a guess, but if the building isn't done, they won't add it to the fees. I see no reason why it can't be completed by Fall 2011, and I also don't expect them to charge anyone until after the building is available for use.
2. The west end of Friley is scheduled to be torn down in the next year or two...I believe the area west of the pedestrian tunnel that leads to the corner of L-Way and Hayward. They plan on making this a parking lot. No, this part of Friley is NOT being torn down purely for the rec renovations. It's been in the works for a few years as it has become a safety issue and badly deteriorated.
3. I'm willing to bet that a large percentage of students on the West Side want a weight area. If they didn't, they wouldn't have organized weight lifting rooms in the UDCC and Friley--neither of which is big enough to support the west side population, and it is a student run group so their budget for up-to-date machines, technology, cleaning supplies, etc. is severely limited.
I'm excited for it. Lied is fun to play basketball in, but sometimes it gets overcrowded. And the fact that i like to play on an actual basketball court surface is nice. State and Beyer seem like they have something going on every night so more courts will good to get my hoop in. Can't wait for it to get done.
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