Informal Recreation

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Informal recreation empowers students for success through recreation 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
    • UREC Outdoors- HPER 102

  • Racquetball
    • 6 courts available; 1 accessible court
  • Table Tennis
    • 3 tables available; Racquetball Court Foyer- HPER 110

  • 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
    • Studio - HPER 220
    • 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

  • Basketball
    • Gym 2 - full court
    • Gym 3 - full court
    • Gym 4 - full court (if necessary)
  •  Volleyball
    • Gym 2 - 1 net available
    • Gym 3 - 3 nets available
    • Gym 4  - 1 net available (if necessary)
  • Badminton
    • Gym 2 - 4 nets available
    • Gym 3 - 4 nets available
  • Futsal
    • Gym 4 - full court

  • 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
    • Wipe down equipment used before and after use

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


Check Out Equipment

Items can be checked out from the HPER Service Center (HPER 205A) with a valid ID:

  • Basketballs (Full & Intermediate)
  • Volleyballs
  • Wallyballs
  • Racquetball Racquets/Balls
  • Badminton Racquets/Birdies
  • Table Tennis Paddles/Balls

Items are properly disinfected by UREC staff upon return, and before being checked out again.

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. - 10:00 p.m. 
  • Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 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.


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.


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 times.


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

Reserved Areas

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: 

  • Studio 216
  • Studio 220
  • All classrooms (HPER 103, 311, 315, 316, 318, & 319)