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UW-L students to vote on Rec Center expansion

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) -In a push to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle, UW-La Crosse students say they need more room to work out and to do so, expand the Recreational Eagle Center.

A university survey says 90% of students find the current center congested.

So now plans are in the works to to have a student vote Tuesday, April 15, whether to expand the center.

Nathan Barnhart, Assistant Director of UW-L Rec Sports, says that in the last 17 years, the student population has grown by about 2,000 people. The school wants to add on 30,000 square feet to the current center as part of the university master plan.

It would be a two-story addition that would create more room for cardio equipment including treadmills.

Freshman Makayla Zimmerman goes to the gym four to five times a week. She's there during peak hours, around 3:00 p.m. because that fits her schedule.

She likes to run but considers herself lucky when she gets to run on a treadmill.

Makayla says, "There have been times when I just go on the elliptical or another machine and just try and wait and see and there's times when I just waited and nothing."

Vinny Brandstadter works at Strength Center and says "it's pretty much at capacity from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday."

The new facility would also house a new strength training center that is three times larger then their current one.

Students can vote for the expansion online Tuesday, as part of the student leadership elections.

If it passes student fees would increase by $14. Construction would begin in 2016 and be complete for the Fall of 2017.

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