Peters Recreation Complex sees influx of patrons as new expansion opens

By Megan Moser

A new rock-climbing wall in K-State’s expansion of Peters Recreation Complex has brought an avalanche of people within the first few days of its opening.

The 36-foot indoor climbing wall attracted hundreds of people on Tuesday alone, said Clint Hafliger, associate director of recreation services.

“Everyone who uses it has to sign a liability waiver,” he said. “The first day, we had 200 or 300 people sign up. We had lines.”

He said the first few weeks of the spring semester are typically the busiest at the rec as people look to keep their New Year’s resolutions or get in shape for spring break. But it has been even busier than usual for this time of year because of the new facilities.

The $23 million expansion included 10,000 square feet of additional space in the cardio and weight areas; a running track; multi-activity courts that can accommodate soccer, roller hockey and other sports; multi-purpose rooms; mind-body studios; lounges; and an additional entrance. The project also included the renovation of many areas of the rec, including the locker room and the gym and exercise floors.

Hafliger said the response has been positive overall.

“It seems like everyone’s got a smile on their face and is pretty happy” when they come in, Hafliger said.

Besides the climbing wall, the most popular features are the weight room and the snack bar, the Quick Cats Cliffside Cafe, which offers smoothies and protein shakes, as well as energy bars, sandwiches and wraps.

The rec is open to K-State students, faculty and staff, though anyone who is a member of the alumni association can buy a membership to the rec, Hafliger said.

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