ST. PAUL, MINN. – A groundbreaking is set to take place next Monday, Sept. 22 at the University of Minnesota-Crookston campus for a new $15 million Campus Wellness Center. The current Sports Center is more than 80 years old and with only 15 cardio machines and no locker availability for non-athletes, vastly under serves the more than 1,000 students who live on or near campus. The Senate Capital Investment Committee toured the facilities last fall and in May allocated $10 million to the University to build a new 35,000-square-foot facility which will serve all the students on campus. Sen. LeRoy Stumpf (DFL-Plummer) is chair of the Senate Capital Investment Committee and has been invited to attend next week’s groundbreaking festivities.
“The U of M-Crookston campus has seen a lot of growth in the last decade and I support their twin goals of expanding their academic opportunities and encouraging a healthier community – both of which will be realized by building a new Wellness Center. I’m happy to be invited to the groundbreaking and look forward to seeing the project get underway,” said Sen. Stumpf.
U of M-Crookston Chancellor Fred Wood says he sees the new facility as vital to the future of the school.
“The addition of the Wellness Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston will be nothing short of transformational. Not only will the facility be an important recruiting tool, but it also will improve the overall student experience by building community among our students and serving as a gathering place that promotes healthy activities indoors when it’s impossible to exercise outdoors,” he said.
Below is the groundbreaking ceremony schedule for Monday, Sept. 22:
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Press Conference to announce a major donor gift towards the Wellness Center in the Student Center Prairie Lounge
12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. Opportunity for media to ask questions
12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Wellness Center Groundbreaking Ceremony on the future site of the Wellness Center (just west of the UMC Sport Center)