Informal Recreation

Student playing a game of racquetball in the HPER

Informal recreation promotes diverse social, recreational, and wellness opportunities through unstructured, voluntary use of the recreation facilities on a first come, first served basis during operating hours.  The program is designed to provide members and guests with a wide range of recreational pursuits during operating hours, at their leisure for fitness and fun. 

Informal recreation activities are available on each level of the HPER Building & in the University Recreation Fitness Center, located in the Arkansas Union.

  • Bouldering
    • 1 wall available; UREC Outdoors- HPER 102

  • Racquetball
    • 10 courts available; 2 accessible courts; HPER 111 - 120

  • Wallyball
    • 2 courts available; Court 9- HPER 119 & Court 10- HPER 120

  • Table Tennis
    • 3 tables available; Racquetball Court Foyer- HPER 110

  • Spikeball
    • 3 sets available for checkout; Played in Racquetball Courts- HPER 111 - 120
  • Basketball
    • 1 gym available; Gym 1- HPER 222

  • Volleyball
    • 2 courts available; Gym 1 North- HPER 222
    • women's, co-ed, and men's heights

  • Swimming/Diving
    • 1 Olympic-sized swimming pool; HPER 208
      • 8- 25-yd lap lanes
      • Shallow section
      • 1 meter & 3 meter diving boards
      • 1- 5 meter platform

  • Cardio/ Conditioning
    • Donna Axum Fitness Center- HPER 242
    • University Recreation Fitness Center- Arkansas Union

  • Strength workouts/ Weight Training
    • Donna Axum Fitness Center- HPER 242
    • University Recreation Fitness Center- Arkansas Union

  • Stretching
    • Donna Axum Fitness Center- HPER 242
    • University Recreation Fitness Center- Arkansas Union

  • Climbing
    • 1 climbing wall; UREC Outdoors, Gym 1 South- HPER 222

  • Spikeball
    • 3 sets available for checkout; Gym 1- HPER 222

  • Portable Badminton
    • 2 courts available, Gym 1 North- HPER 222
  • Basketball
    • 3 gyms available; Gym 2- HPER 305, Gym 3- HPER 305C, Gym 4- HPER 305F

  • Volleyball
    • Gym 2- 1 court available; Gym 3- 3 courts available; Gym 4- 1 court available

  • Futsal
    • 1 court available; Gym 4- HPER 305F

  • Badminton
    • Gym 2- 4 courts available; Gym 3- 4 courts available; Gym 4- 2 portable courts available

  • Spikeball
    • 3 sets available for checkout; Played in Gyms 2 - 4
  • Walking/ Jogging
    • 1 indoor synthetic surface jogging track, 3 lanes; HPER 401
    • Outside lane is approximately 1/8 of a mile in length
    • Direction changes every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evening

  • Stretching
    • Stretching areas available on track level


Operating hours are subject to change to accommodate academic classes, UREC programs, maintenance projects, university holidays and/or special events.

Priority Use Spaces

During select hours, specific spaces in the building are deemed priority spaces for volleyball, badminton, and wallyball.

Groups requesting volleyball, badminton, or wallyball during these time frames must notify the UREC Service Center and the minimum number of players must be present.  Individuals or groups playing other activities in these spaces will be given five minutes to finish.  The supervisor on duty will then stop play and set up the proper equipment.  

Priority Use Times

  • Tuesdays/Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (volleyball only)
  • Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (portable badminton only, Gym 1)
  • Fridays, 5:00 p.m. – 9:50 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 9:50 p.m.
  • Sundays, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Outside of these times, play is on a first come, first serve basis.

Events and activities can be reserved during the days and times listed above. The select hours indicated above resume outside scheduled events and activities.

Priority Use- Volleyball 

During the hours above, HPER Gym 1 (222) is a volleyball priority court which means that a minimum of four volleyball players are needed to play volleyball in order to have priority of the court.

Priority Use- Badminton

During the hours above, HPER Gym 3 (305C) is a badminton priority court which means that a minimum of two badminton players are needed to play badminton in order to have priority of the court.  Portable badminton courts can also be set up in HPER Gym 1 (222) on Wednesday evenings at the specified time.

Priority Use- Wallyball

HPER Racquetball Court 10 is a wallyball priority court.  During the year, this court will normally be set up for wallyball during operating hours.    

Informal Recreation Equipment Check Out

Members may check out equipment on a daily basis.  All equipment must be returned by closing on the same day of check out.  Lost and/or damaged equipment charges may apply.  Members may only check out equipment for one sport at a time.  Members may check out two pieces of equipment for racquet sports, in order to play doubles.  Guests may not check out equipment.  

Equipment items available in the HPER Service Center, 205A, Level 2

  • Badminton racquets & shuttlecocks
  • Basketballs (women's and men's)
  • Futsal balls (indoor soccer) 
  • Racquetball racquets, goggles, and balls
  • Spikeball sets
  • Table tennis paddles and balls
  • Volleyballs
  • Wallyballs

Reserved Areas Only

The following spaces must be reserved in order to access the area. Please refer to the HPER Building reservation page to submit a reservation request. Informal use is not allowed in the following areas: 

  • Dance Studio 220
  • Dance Studio 216
  • Multi-purpose Room 320
  • All classrooms (HPER 103, 311, 315, 316, 318, & 319)
  • UREC Conference Room (HPER 240)