Photo by Scott Webb

A resounding yes

Student gift supports new recreation centre

When Western University committed $10 million towards building the new, $35.7-million Western Student Recreation Centre (WSRB), Western students held a referendum to approve funding for the rest of the cost.

And they voted yes.

The University Students’ Council (USC), the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS), and the Ivey MBA Student Association together pledged a total of $101 million over 30 years, at the time the largest contribution ever from a student body to a Canadian university.

Of those funds $86.2 million went to support the building and maintaining of the WSRB, with the remaining $14.8 million going to support undergraduate and graduate student bursaries.

By the Numbers

  • 25,000 – unique visitors per year
  • 4,200 – average number of card scans a day
  • 6,700 – participants in sport Western programs
  • 400 – students employed each year
  • 140 – free fitness classes per week
  • 302 – unique fitness classes offered
  • 2,300 – hours of free programming per year
  • 1,200 – number of intramural teams
  • 19 – different recreational clubs

"This is a proud day for Western students," said Stephen Lecce, President of the University Students' Council at the Centre’s opening. "Students made a conscious decision and commitment to support the building of the Western Student Recreation Centre, and today, it is easy to see it was the right decision. It's a great facility that will enrich the lives of students for many years to come and it shows that students themselves possess the philanthropic desire to make our community better, now and in the future.”

Featuring a 20,000-square-foot fitness centre with more than 200 cardio machines, an eight-lane, 50-metre pool, squash and racquetball courts and five separate gymnasiums, the WSRB is one of the finest recreation facilities of any university in the country.

Western is proud the WSRB helps enhance not only the physical and psychological well-being of students, but plays a huge role in creating a sense of community. WSRB continues adding to Canada’s best student experience, and stands as a monument to the commitment Western students have to their university.