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Weight room entrance

This image shows what the entrance to the new weight space being installed at the Ping Center will look like.

Graphic courtesy of: Star Trac

Weight room overhead view

This image provides an overhead view of what the new weight space being installed at the Ping Center will look like.

Graphic courtesy of: Star Trac

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New weight area to be added to Ping Center

Summer work will also include new programming, open fitness space


When Ohio University students return to the Ping Center next fall, they will be welcomed back with a new weight space that more than doubles the square footage currently available.

According to Tasha Westfall, interim assistant director of the Ping Center, renovations to the recreation center are scheduled to begin in early June with the work completed in time for fall semester.

Renovation plans include converting the existing first-floor lounge at the Ping Center to a new state-of-the-art weight space that will house all new weight equipment, including more than 300 pieces that are being purchased as part of the project. The centerpiece of this new space will be a 14-station cable crossover system. The new dumbbells recently added to the center’s existing weight room will be moved to the new weight area. In addition, flooring in the area will be replaced, and new mirrors will be installed.

The new weight space will connect to Ping Center’s existing weight room, which will continue to have squat racks, platforms and bumper plates while also providing open space to support functional fitness activities.

The renovation project is being funded by a one-time allocation from Ohio University’s General Fee Committee as well as Campus Recreation, part of OHIO’s Division of Student Affairs that operates the Ping Center as well as other facilities and programs on the Athens Campus. The funding from the General Fee Committee will provide the new equipment being purchased for the renovations while Campus Recreation is funding the remainder of the project, such as the flooring, mirrors and other improvements.

According to Westfall, research conducted over the past year showed a need for more weight space at the Ping Center.

“We want to make that accommodation but also be able to increase offerings as well,” Westfall said. “Having additional equipment and open space in the existing weight space will allow students to do exercises that they currently do not have the room or equipment for.”

Westfall said the schedule for this renovation project has been designed to allow the center’s weight area to be open as much as possible while work is being performed.

“This renovation will not only assist Ping Center patrons with their fitness plans, but it will also set the tone for the standard that Campus Recreation is trying to meet – to provide what patrons need currently and to plan for future demand as well,” said Westfall.

Summer hours at Ping

Ohio University’s Ping Center will maintain the following hours during the summer*:

Sunday, May 4, to Sunday, May 11 – Closed

Monday, May 12, to Friday, May 23 – Noon to 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 24, to Monday, May 26 – Noon to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, May 27, to Thursday, July 3 – Noon to 9 p.m.

Friday, July 4, to Saturday, July 5 – Closed

Sunday, July 6, to Friday, Aug. 15 – Noon to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 16, to Friday, Aug. 22 – Closed

Saturday, Aug. 23, to Sunday, Aug. 24 – 3 to 10 p.m.

* This is a tentative calendar; times and dates are subject to change. All activity areas close 15 minutes prior to closing time.