Community Programs

Recreation Services

Lloyd Axworthy in front of the Axworthy Health and RecPlex. (photo: UWinnipeg)

Former President & Vice-Chancellor in front of the building named in his honour. (photo: UWinnipeg)

President Annette Trimbee running on the sprint track.

President & Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Annette Trimbee and young friends try out the sprint track. (photo: UWinnipeg)

Smudging ceremony

The Thomas Sill Multi-Purpose Room is sound-proofed and ventilated for drumming circles and smudging ceremonies. (photo: UWinnipeg)

Opened in September 2014, the $40-million Axworthy Health & RecPlex recreation facility features a 50.5-by-90-metre artificial turf soccer pitch (which meets minimum FIFA standards). The building is 189,000-square-feet and includes a 4-lane regulation rubberized sprint track and jump pit, a community gym and multi-purpose room - specially designed for drumming circles and smudging ceremonies - as well as classroom and research space. It is a teaching, training, recreational, and multi-purpose facility" for students, athletes, staff, and the community.  Funded in part by the province and City of Winnipeg, the RecPlex is open to inner-city neighbourhood residents and community organizations one third of the time. The facility helps to alleviate the shortage of athletic and recreational space in the downtown. The RecPlex is a place for everyone to learn, play and belong!

In partnership with the Spence Neighbourhood Association, The University of Winnipeg provides the facility spaces and equipment at no cost to community groups and area residents, with SNA organizing a variety of  registration-based programs, as well as drop-in opportunities to play sports and have fun. For more information on how to apply for community access opportunities and programs, please contact Ezequiel Lubocki at