RecPlex To Close For Renovations In May
Facility is expected to re-open on Sept. 1

By Mark Sullivan
Staff Writer

    The Flynn Recreation Complex will be closed this summer while the building undergoes a major renovation that will include the resurfacing of both fieldhouses and improvements to the locker rooms, swimming pool and fitness areas.

    Work is scheduled to commence at the RecPlex on May 15 and continue through Sept. 1. Members who have paid dues for the year through August will be reimbursed for the three-and-a-half months that the facility will be closed.

    "The project will bring major and much-needed improvement to the facility," said Flynn Recreation Complex Assistant Director of Student Activities Theresa Lavin.

    When work is completed, the facility will have received a brand-new roof and a fresh coat of paint; new track and tennis surfaces; new lights in the North Wing, a new heating and ventilation system; a new filter for the swimming pool; extensive improvements to women's and men's locker rooms, and $150,000 worth of new fitness equipment.

    "The Boston College administration, after meeting with White Construction Co., decided it was in the best interests of everyone to close the facility for safety reasons," Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo said.

    "I personally want to thank the U niversity community for the sacrifices they will endure," he said. "I think it will be worth it, because by the fall, we'll have a completely renovated RecPlex with new tennis, track, and basketball courts and improved equipment and facilities."

    This summer's renovation represents the second and final phase of a two-year, $6 million facelift that is expected to extend the life of the 27-year-old RecPlex by 10 years. Several years ago, the University had envisioned replacing the complex with a new five-story gymnasium built near the site of the current facility, but administrators said budget considerations led to a decision to renovate the existing building.

    There are approximately 500 RecPlex annual memberships among BC faculty and staff, and an additional 200-225 memberships in the surrounding community. The temporary closing of the complex also will force the cancellation or re-location of youth camps and coaches' athletic clinics traditionally held there during the summer months. Administrators said the work would not affect this year's Commencement Exercises.

    For more information, contact the RecPlex at ext.2-3035.

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