Montclair State University: The Student Recreation Center



The campus recreation department strives to be an integral part of the college experience and provides exceptional services to students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

The Campus Recreation Department strives to:

  • Be part of the college experience.
  • Exceed accepted national quality standards for programs and services.
  • Listen to the needs and desires of an ever-changing campus population.
  • Create an environment where everyone is treated with dignity, acceptance and mutual respect.


The Student Recreation Center (SRC) opened on March 24, 2008, and serves as the headquarters of the campus recreation department. Nearly 3,200 students passed through the entrance gates on the first day. Serving a community of over 21,000 enrolled students, SRC takes great pride in prioritizing the recreational needs of students, but also offers faculty, staff and alumni memberships. The facility has increased on-campus recreational offerings in intramural sports, club sports, group exercise classes, and special events while providing a strong wellness model for students .

The SRC also serves the local community through swimming lessons for young people and birthday party rentals for children. The original hope for this building was to bring Montclair State University to the forefront of recreational opportunities. The installation became a focal point on campus and had a visual and programmatic impact on the university. The SRC is the heart of student social interaction and the majority of the campus population uses it almost at all times of the day.

  • 78,000 square feet.
  • Multipurpose recreational space.
  • Jogging/walking track.
  • Two racquetball courts.
  • 10,000 square feet of fitness space.
  • Two versatile activity studios.
  • Six lane indoor pool.
  • Several lounges equipped with televisions to view and play on console.
  • Cloakrooms.
  • Administrative offices.
  • Reception hall decorated with a monumental staircase and a “wall of light” in channeled glass.
  • The architectural style integrates the campus’ prominent Spanish Mission style with modern elements that create an “old and new” design.
  • Campus Recreation also oversees the Montclair State Ice Arena, which includes two full-size ice rinks, three outdoor tennis courts, and the Dioguardi Field complex.



  • Hires and trains an average of 75 lifeguards during the school year and offers free learn-to-swim lessons to students.
  • Aquatics offers learn-to-swim programs for young people throughout the year and also offers birthday parties for the public.
  • Join the fitness area and organize stand up paddle yoga in the pool.
  • Aquatics also hosts a wide range of special events, including dive cartoons, wipeout obstacle course, canoe battleship, RC boat races, virtual trivia games, and mermaid tale showcases.
  • Aquatics trains student staff as lifeguard instructors and certifies between 200 and 250 students each year in CPR, plus an additional 40 to 50 students and the public in lifeguard training.

outdoor adventure

  • Each semester, Outdoor Adventure offers 10 to 15 different outdoor excursions ranging from day trips to multi-day trips with overnight stays, and six to eight other on-campus programs, including hikes in nature and Friday night fire pits with free s’mores.
  • Off-campus trips include hiking, biking, canoe-camping, indoor rock climbing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, paintballing, horseback riding, farm tours in operation and the NY State Renaissance Faire.
  • Outdoor Adventure also rents outdoor equipment and gear for free, including tents, sleeping bags, picnic sets, garden games and more.
  • Returning in 2022, the outdoor adventure will offer an exclusive nighttime orientation for freshmen, featuring canoeing, hiking, a low-ropes adventure course, and archery.

Intramural sports

  • Offering various sports leagues such as flag football, soccer, volleyball, basketball and softball, intramural sports records more than 1,500 registrations and participations annually.

club sports

  • More than 27 clubs and non-varsity sports provide more than 430 student-athletes with the opportunity to participate in high-level sports competitions in various leagues and national governing bodies.
  • Nationally competitive club sports programs including men’s and women’s basketball, women’s rugby, cheering, dance, gymnastics and wrestling.
  • The esports association competes in various leagues and game titles.
  • Club sports gave students the opportunity to gain leadership opportunities, compete, and form lasting friendships. He was also a model of success and accomplishment.

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Equipment Crate

  • The equipment checkout is a high-traffic, fast-response area that can have hundreds of customer interactions per day. Recreation offers loans for items such as sports equipment, video games, fitness equipment, outdoor gear and more for use within SRC or around campus, as well as products that can be purchased. Recreation has everything anyone could need, from campus recreation apparel to workout and swim accessories, personal care products, and more.

Fitness and personal training

  • One-on-one and small-group training with certified nationally accredited student personal trainers at a very affordable rate for members of the campus community.
  • Prior to COVID-19, recreation offered over 50 group exercise classes per week, including a wide range of formats: cycling, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, TRX, barbell strength and toning, a variety of arts martial arts and HIIT. These reach more than 7,000 student participants each semester.
  • Hawk On Wheels — the loaner bike program — was launched in May 2013 to great success and interest. Starting with 40 bikes, Recreation added 12 more in 2016 for a total of 52 bikes. Over the past nine years, recreation has responded to nearly 2,200 rental inquiries in total. All bike maintenance is done in-house by trained students.
  • In conjunction with other programming areas, Fitness hosts a number of special events each year, including glow-in-the-dark/blacklight yoga, mountain yoga, paddleboard yoga, fitness competitions, and guided bike tours.

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Health promotion

  • Overseen by Campus Recreation, Health Promotion provides education, awareness, and advocacy services to improve the health of all students, faculty, and staff.

Recreational evenings

  • Rec nights is part of the CBC’s dedicated nightly programming. This area was launched in 2017 and offers weekly events for students. Events range from crafts like pottery painting to more specialized events like human curling or archery. In fall 2021, Recreational Evenings saw over 900 attendees throughout the semester. The goal is to make the SRC an activity point that everyone can enjoy, not just a place for physical activity.

Special events

Public Service

  • Prior to Covid-19, the SRC at Montclair State University held an annual event called “Friends Day”. This event allowed children with disabilities to come to the facility and partner with two college-aged people and use the facility for a day of fun and entertainment. The program has been ongoing since the facility opened and will resume once it is safe to do so.
  • Every year the gym and student organization called Recboard host an event called “Turkey Ride” which is a bike ride through the town of Montclair where staff and students raise money to purchase and deliver turkeys to families. locals in need and food. pantry.
  • In 2015, the men’s hockey program, which falls under club sports, was selected as the winner of the CAHA Community Service Award. The honor is a national award where more than 180 teams from across the country are nominated. The team was also nominated in 2016, 2019 and again this year.
  • Over the years, Campus Recreation has participated in fundraising and awareness campaigns for Chest and Heart, as well as fundraisers for the campus pantry.
  • Coordinated a donation tree for students in need during the holidays to receive a gift.


  • Located 15 miles west of New York City, the second-floor fitness area and track offer guests sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline.
  • The SRC won two awards in 2009: “Excellence in Design Award” from the New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association and “Innovative Architecture & Design Award” from Recreation Management. Over time, the campus recreation department has received several marketing awards as well as programming and professional achievement awards.
  • Campus Recreation is one of the largest employers of students on campus, employing just under 330 student leaders.
  • Before COVID-19, an average of 240,000 customers go through the SRC each year.

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