New Stanford recreation complex to open Nov. 1

Arrillaga Outdoor Recreation Center
Workers put the finishing touches on the new Arrillaga Outdoor Recreation Center. (Photo by Linda Cicero)

On the first of November, Stanford will open the doors of the new Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center and the Avery Recreation Pool, a complex that will bring fitness programs, sports and swimming to the west side of campus.

“I hope people will go to the Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center to recreate – rock climb, play basketball, lift weights – and then walk outside to the Avery Recreation Pool for a swim,” said Ray Purpur, deputy athletics director.

The new center boasts a state-of-the-art climbing wall, weight training rooms, fitness studios, classrooms, locker rooms and showers, as well as three gyms for basketball, volleyball, badminton and other general recreational activities.

It will house the Outdoor Center, which rents top-of-the-line outdoor equipment at low prices – including tents, backpacks and camp stoves. Inside the Outdoor Center, visitors will find a lounge, an outdoor resource library, a trip planning area and a classroom.

Stanford Cycling – the umbrella organization for the university’s road and track racing team, mountain bike racing team, recreational rides and cycling-oriented community service efforts – will make its home in the new center.

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