California Polytechnic State University

California Polytechnic State University

San Luis Obispo, CA




The California Polytechnic State University Recreation Center is the prefect getaway for students on campus. It is the ultimate destination for fitness, recreation and fun. Students can take a group exercise class, play a variety of sports, swim or soak up some sun. The Recreation Center offers students the opportunity to explore, recharge and escape the stress of school.




Renovations to the recreation center started in 2009 and the facility officially opened in January of 2012. It was an expansion of the current facility so they kept a portion of the original facility, while expanding the footprint. The university worked with Cannon Designs because they had good recommendations and had the right philosophy and approach to the design. The main focus of the expansion was more space, which was conveyed by student feedback. They wanted the facility to be a destination, not just a gym. It is a recreation center and a place you want to go, hangout and socialize. With that in mind they incorporated a lot more usable, flexible space.




  • The 165,000 Cal Poly Recreation Center includes a 20-lap lane Olympic-sized pool, three separate exercise areas and an extensive selection of state-of-the-art weight and cardio equipment.
  • Group X Classes – From 6-Pack Abs to Power Yoga, students can choose between more than 15 unique group fitness classes.
  • The Recreation Center offers a wide variety of intramural sports such as Futsal, Soccer, Volleyball, Softball, Tennis and much more.
  • Campus Recreation is also home to Poly Escapes, which offers about 20 low-cost trips per quarter. Trips vary from one-day local journeys to full weekend excursions such as snowshoeing, backpacking, rock climbing, camping, etc.
  • Over 200 students are staffed to operate the facility and support the variety of fitness and recreation programs that strive to promote lifelong healthy habits.


Emily Harbourne was a previous editor for Campus Rec Magazine.

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