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Ohio University Zanesville breaks ground on facility aimed at improving health and wellness for all

By Cindy Linn | Jan 22, 2013
Ohio University President, Roderick McDavis (center) and OHIO Interim Executive Dean of Regional Higher Education Jim Fonseca (to McDavis’s right), join local officials, donors and the design team at the groundbreaking of the Muskingum Recreation Center.
Ohio University President, Roderick McDavis (center) and OHIO Interim Executive Dean of Regional Higher Education Jim Fonseca (to McDavis’s right), join local officials, donors and the design team at the groundbreaking of the Muskingum Recreation Center. Image provided by: Cindy Linn

The Zanesville/Muskingum County community has longed for a public indoor pool facility for nearly 30 years. On Nov. 14, 2012, the community took a giant step forward in making this dream a reality with a groundbreaking ceremony for an aquatic/recreation center on the Ohio University Zanesville Campus. 

Ohio University President Roderick McDavis was on-hand to deliver the keynote address, which praised Genesis HealthCare System, the Muskingum County Community Foundation, and the Muskingum Family YMCA for joining in partnership with the Zanesville Campus since 2009 to develop the facility, known as the Muskingum Recreation Center (MRC). McDavis expressed pride in the dedication shown by Ohio University Regional Campuses as they continue to improve the quality of life for residents in the communities they serve. 

In Nov. 2010, the partners kicked off a capital campaign to support the construction of the facility. The facility will include between 35,000-40,000 square feet of new construction for a structure that totals more than 65,000 square feet and includes the Littick Hall Gymnasium. The MRC will house fitness, education and exercise areas; a 2-court gymnasium; an eight- lane, 25-yard lap pool; a family leisure/therapy pool; locker rooms; multi-use programming rooms; a childcare center; an indoor track; and administrative offices.  

Ohio University Interim Executive Dean of Regional Higher Education, Dean of the Zanesville Campus and President of the Muskingum Recreation Center Board of Trustees Dr. Jim Fonseca says the MRC is a win-win for the Zanesville Campus. 

“Because the facility will be used by high school swim teams, basketball leagues and for other recreational activities, the Muskingum Recreation Center will serve as a recruiting tool for the Zanesville Campus,” Fonseca said. “The Zanesville Campus will use the pool and fitness center and will offer expanded physical education courses, which will in turn provide internship and practicum opportunities for students as well as work-student employment,” he added.  

The facility is scheduled to be completed by fall, 2013.