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Schedules

Drop in and play.

Find out when our spaces are open and available for use.

Open Rec - Aquatics
  • Water activities
  • Available swimming equipment for use
    • Kickboards
    • Pull buoys
    • Fins
    • Water basketballs

    You are welcome to bring your own training equipment such as kickboards, pull buoys, hand paddles, snorkels, and training fins. The use of scuba equipment is not allowed during open lap swim.

  • Equipment available for purchase
    • Swim caps ($4)
    • Goggles ($5 – $15)
    • Paddles
    • Aqua jogging belts
    • And more!

    You are welcome to bring your own training equipment such as kickboards, pull buoys, hand paddles, snorkels, and training fins. The use of scuba equipment is not allowed during open lap swim.

Open Rec - Fitness
  • Indoor activities
    • Cardio (Nat, Shell)
    • Track (Shell)
    • Free weights and machines (Nat, Shell)
  • Outdoor activities

    Members can rent a locker in our facilities while taking advantage of all the outdoor running and biking routes in Madison. Our facilities are located along the Southwest Commuter Trail (SERF and Shell) and Lakeshore Path (Nat and Nielsen).

  • Equipment available for rental
    • Weight & dip belts
    • Heart rate monitors
    • Lift pads
    • Medicine balls
    • Foam rollers
    • Jump ropes
    • And more!
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Open Rec - Sports

Sports

Enjoy playing a pick-up game with some friends.

  • Courts
    • Basketball (Nat, Shell) No reservation required.
    • Volleyball (Nat)
    • Racquetball (Nat)
    • Badminton (Nat)
  • Equipment available for rental
    • Volleyballs (indoor & outdoor use)
    • Basketballs (indoor & outdoor use // men’s & women’s)
    • Futsal balls
    • Badminton racquets
    • Racquetball
  • Space reservation & rental

    Members may reserve a volleyball, racquetball or badminton court at the Nat at no charge. Reservations for small groups may be placed through each respective Towel Room up to three days in advance and are available for one-hour time slots.

    • Nat: (608) 262-3790

    If you are looking for a longer reservation for a large group of people, please refer to our Reservations & Rentals policies.

Open Rec - Tennis
  • Activities
    • Singles/doubles tennis
    • Squash
  • Equipment available for rental
    • Tennis racquets
    • Squash racquets
    • Tennis ball machine
    • And more!
  • Court reservations

    Guarantee your spot on the court by reserving our indoor and outdoor tennis courts and our squash courts. Reservations may be made in person or via telephone and are recorded in the order received. In-person reservations will alternate with a telephone reservation.

    • Nielsen Tennis Stadium: (608) 262-0410

    For more details on our court reservation process, please visit our Tennis page.

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Facility Reservations

Interested in reserving one of our facility spaces for an event for your student organization, university department, or community group? All reservations can be made by submitting a Special Event Request Form.

For more information, please visit our Reservations & Rentals page or email specialevents@recsports.wisc.edu.