The University of California Riverside

University of California Riverside

The University of California Riverside

Riverside, CA


The Recreation Department at the University of California Riverside (UC Riverside) strives to cultivate mental, physical and social development through recreational services, programs and facilities.


We believe the greatest numbers of individuals participating under our direction are still in the formative and active phases of their lives, when vigorous participation in games and recreation is necessary and beneficial to their well-being. Our goals are to educate our campus on the personal benefits and lasting effects of fitness and recreation, provide the resources and personnel necessary for the campus population to participate in recreation at all levels, and offer the widest variety of organized recreational activities and related services for all interests.


The UC Riverside Student Recreation Center (SRC) features state-of–the-art weight and cardio equipment, a rock wall and boulder (The Rock), a recreational/lap swimming pool, a spa, a Multi-Activity Court (MAC) gym, arena, lower and upper courts, multi-purpose rooms, tennis, racquetball and squash courts, an indoor track, a classroom kitchen, conference and training rooms, Glen Mor fields, the Blaine Sports Complex, and the amazing challenge course.

  • 22,000 square feet SRC arena
  • Custom built five-bedroom house in Big Bear Village (off-site)
  • Five multi-purpose rooms
  • 8,300-square-foot MAC gym
  • 49-person classroom kitchen
  • Six tennis courts
  • Sand volleyball court
  • 237,000-gallon pool featuring a 20-person spa, recreational pool and lap pool
  • 32-foot rock wall
  • 21,000-square-foot weight room
  • 200-meter indoor track
  • Four Olympic platforms
  • Outdoor excursion shop with gear rental
  • Functional training area
  • Multiple stretch areas
  • Two HydroMassage machines
  • Two nap pods
  • One cycling studio
  • Badminton and squash courts


As a whole, in the 2018 academic year the SRC saw 703,659 total entries into the facility and 18,918 unique student visitors.

Activity Classes: 922 participants enjoyed a range of 96 activities including Tai Chi, karate, judo, ballroom dance and more. Classes range in price, level and type.

Aquatics: 4,599 unique participants attended and used our pool facilities, which offered 71 different activities throughout the year, including swim lessons, aqua bootcamp, movies on the pool deck and more.

Competitive Sports: Including intramural and club sports, our program served 39,522 participants in 30 sports annually.

Cooking Well: Our culinary program featured 27 activities for 514 participants with hands-on and instructional demonstrations like “Sweet Nothings,” “Nacho Average Tuesday” and “Budget Bites.”

FitWell: 32,177 participants in 15 activities including our most popular group fitness classes like Zumba, yoga and barre; and other classes like kickbox conditioning, Olympic weightlifting and 110 Bootcamp.

Outdoor Excursions: In 2018, we served 905 participants across 86 activities including wilderness first aid training, Catalina Island camping and snorkeling, scuba certifications, Yosemite camping, and more.

Ropes: 30,822 participants with 380 activities including popular events like Crush Crux, Challenge Course open house and ValenClimb.

Youth: Our youth camps saw active growth with 1,481 participants over 45 activities. We focus on soft skill development like team building, leadership and academic instruction.


  • The SRC helped eliminate 617,694 disposable water bottles with hydration stations situated around the facility.
  • The SRC achieved gold standard in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
  • In 2010 the SRC was approved to expand and nearly double the size of the preexisting 80,000-square-foot building to 155,000 square feet.
  • The first week of every quarter is “free week” to those eligible for a membership, staff, faculty and alumni, to try it out for free.
  • The SRC employs around 380 student workers.
  • Students can check out various equipment for free like basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, checkers, dominos, cards, board games and more.
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