SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For the first time since 2007, the Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center at Slippery Rock University will increase membership fees for faculty/staff, the community and senior citizens. The increase is to assist in balancing the operating budget due to rising costs.
Increases take effect Aug. 15 for those purchasing new memberships. Current member-ships will not be affected until renewal.
The increases are equal across the board for those affiliated with the University (faculty and staff), community members and senior citizens in all categories - daily guest pass, one-month, three-month, four-month, six-month and one-year fees for single, combo and family memberships.
New membership fees for non-student SRU affiliates and senior citizens will be $30 per month; $73, three-months; $97, four months; $145, six months; and $262 for one year. The combo rate in the same-term categories are $55, $100, $145, $218 and $393. The new family rate for SRU affiliates are $66, $165, $218, $327 and $589 respectively.
Community-member rates for single members are $30 per month; $80, three months; $107, four months; $160, six months; and $288 for a year. Combo rates, in the same categories are $55, $120, $160, $240 and $433. Rates for families are $73, $180, $240, $360 and $648.
All fulltime SRU students currently pay an $87 per semester fee for unrestricted facility use.
"The Office of Campus Recreation is facing significant fiscal challenges and we are looking at a variety of strategies to increase revenue," said Greg Sferra, director of campus recreation. "An ARC membership is still one of the most economical recreational opportunities available considering the facility components, equipment, hours and staffing expertise."
The center will also begin selling a Program Pass for $30 per semester or $50 for the academic year effective fall semester 2010. The pass will provide members unlimited access to group exercise classes, kayak roll clinics and cycle aerobics.
The ARC, one of four recreation facilities operated by SRU's Office of Campus Recreation, is an 82,000-square-foot facility, which opened in 2000 and operates seven-days-a-week. Facility components include five sport courts, a track, aquatic center, climbing wall and the Russell Wright Fitness Center equipped with a wide variety of exercise equipment including cardio and weight machines.