Hotty Toddy: Ole Miss to open $32 million recreation facility

Published 2:41 pm Saturday, August 17, 2019

The University of Mississippi will open a new $32 million campus recreation center later this month.

The center will include workout space, an indoor climbing wall, fitness studios, basketball courts and other facilities. It’s in a former warehouse of a Whirlpool appliance factory that closed in 2009. Ole Miss began construction in 2016.

Campus Recreation Director Peter Tulchinsky says the new recreation center will accommodate a student population that has doubled since 1983 when Ole Miss opened the Turner Center, its existing recreation facility. The Turner Center will remain open.

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Ole Miss is basing its parking and transportation department at the center south of Mississippi 6, creating a bus hub and a 700-space parking lot.

The center is free for students. Faculty, staff, alumni and community members must buy memberships.