UNITED Health & RecPlex
Opening Fall 2014
Work crews and heavy machinery are on site, excavating for our exciting, new community project, the UNITED Health and RecPlex on Spence Street. Keep up to date by following our Facebook page.
You can also watch the progress live as the UNITED Health & RecPlex takes shape.In September 2012, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President & Vice Chancellor, UWinnipeg, the Premier of Manitoba, Greg Selinger, the Mayor of Winnipeg, Sam Katz, community members, UWinnipeg faculty, staff and students gathered outside the Duckworth Centre to officially break ground on the new UNITED Health & RecPlex.
NEW - Generous donation funds community space inside new RecPlex
See the detailed news release and backgrounder here.
View our construction photo album.
Through the generous support of the Province of Manitoba and City of Winnipeg, the University of Winnipeg is building a multi-sport UNITED Health & RecPlex that will help alleviate the chronic shortage of indoor recreational space in Winnipeg, enhance the UWinnipeg student experience and offer neighbourhood youth and residents unsurpassed recreational opportunities and new health services.
The new RecPlex will accommodate a 55 by 90-metre soccer field, which meets minimum FIFA standard (Fédération Internationale de Football Association; in English - International Federation of Association Football).
The RecPlex will provide new indoor training and practice space for all Wesmen teams, in particular the soccer teams. The Wesmen Soccer teams play in the Canada West conference, one of four conferences within Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). CIS soccer games and tournaments are played outdoors during the soccer season, from late August to October.The field, while lined for soccer, will accommodate a number of other field sports such as football, ultimate, rugby, lacrosse, etc. Wesmen Baseball will also acquire new indoor training space within the RecPlex, including retractable batting cages.
The RecPlex is a teaching, training, recreational, and multi-purpose facility which will benefit students, athletes, staff, and the community. It will contain three-cross fields, a gymnasium, multi-purpose room, and a 60-meter sprint track for use in student intramural programs, and university and community-based teams. UWinnipeg Students studying in Kinesiology, Education, and the Collegiate will benefit from the increased number of activity sites.
The state of the art, indoor green space will accommodate a multitude of sports such as soccer, flag football and track and field, as well as cultural and community events. The UNITED Health & RecPlex will include
- a large multi-use artificial turf field
- a four-lane rubberized sprint track
- a practice gym
- retractable batting cages
- a multi-events room
- a dance/yoga studio
- food and beverage kiosks
- an underground parkade that can accommodate 200 vehicles
“It would be good because it keeps kids busy and away from drugs.”
-12 year-old Mehr Rakhshani
“We don’t have any indoor soccer options in the inner city, and it’s the number one sport for newcomers to our community.”
-Phil Chiappetta, Rossbrook House
View his comments here.
The indoor recreational facility will be connected by sky bridge to a new health, wellness and healing centre, offering a multitude of health services for the University and community.