Effective Monday, June 14

  • The Rec Center will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. without mid-day closures.
  • Due to a national lifeguard shortage, Campus Rec will be reducing our pool hours over the summer. The Rec Center pool will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7 a.m.  to 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. A 50-minute swim lane reservation is still required to access the pool. Visit our Aquatics webpage for details.
  • The Outdoor Program will be closed June 14-18 for summer break. The office will reopen on June 21 with new hours: Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Starting June 14, the Climbing Center will be open for bouldering whenever the Rec Center is open. As we transition to a more open bouldering schedule, we want to make sure that everyone is up to date with our new policies. To that end, everyone will need to retake the Climbing Center quiz and read through our updated COVID procedures at Member Services.

Effective Monday, June 21

  • In-person Group X fitness classes will return to drop-in style and will no longer require GroupEx Pro pre-registration. Just drop in, no sign ups needed!

COVID-19 STATUS: Lower Risk

The Rec Center facility and pool are open for PSU students, as well as our faculty, staff, alumni, and senior adult learner members. The facility is operating under Lower Risk safety protocols.

Facility reservations are no longer required, with the exception of lap swimming in the pool. Swim lane reservations are still required and have increased in capacity, with two swimmers in lanes 2-5. Visit our Aquatics webpage for details.

All other safety guidelines and protocols, including face masks and physical distancing, remain in place at this time. Review the frequently asked questions (FAQs) section below for Campus Rec's current health and safety measures.

 Rec Center Reopening Video - Winter & Spring 2021

Watch Campus Rec's reopening video for everything you need to know before returning to the Rec Center. Campus Rec staff will take you on a virtual walk-through of the facility to give you an idea of what the Rec Center will be like when you return.



We are excited to welcome PSU students and our faculty, staff, alumni, and senior adult learner members back to the Rec Center. You’ll notice that things look and operate differently at the Rec Center. Yet behind the masks and spray bottles, we are still your Campus Rec community, committed to providing an inclusive environment where recreation and wellness opportunities inspire, empower, and educate. Our team will do everything we can to provide exceptional recreation and wellbeing opportunities, while also prioritizing the safety of our patrons and staff.



In addition to safety measures and guidelines to protect employees and patrons, we will hold reduced hours of operation and limited occupancy, as per Governor Brown’s guidelines. For this reason, we are limiting Rec Center access to our fee-paying students, as well as our faculty, staff, alumni, and senior adult learner members.

We have not forgotten about all of our other members who have long been a part of the Campus Rec community. We will keep you informed as to when you can return to the Rec Center, and will continue to offer virtual programming. Stay active and engaged during this time of physical distancing with our virtual recreation and wellbeing resources.

For details on your membership status, please visit our Member Services webpage. If you have questions or concerns regarding your Campus Rec membership, contact Joe Hanseling at


Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: Closed 


All buildings on the PSU campus are locked until further notice, and are only accessible with a PSU ID card or ASRC access badge.

  • Current PSU students, faculty, and staff can use a valid PSU ID card to access the Rec Center. If you do not have a valid PSU ID card, contact ID Services in order to obtain one.
  • Alumni and senior adult learner members who do not have a PSU ID card or access badge should complete the ASRC Building Request Form. If you have questions, please contact Member Services Coordinator, Joe Hanseling


  • Swimming pool - The Rec Center pool is open for lap swimming, though the spa remains closed at this time. A swim lane reservation is required in order to access the pool, and can be made up to 48 hours in advance. Visit the Aquatics webpage for details and swimming expectations.
  • Locker rooms and lockers - The restrooms inside the locker rooms are still available for all users, but the showers and lockers are only open for day-use to those with a swim lane reservation. Locker rooms and lockers are closed to all other Rec Center users at this time. Towel and locker rentals are currently unavailable. Please remember to bring a towel and lock for your swim, and take your belongings with you at the end of your reservation.
  • Short-term lockers - Available in the locker room for swimmers to use while they swim and shower. Locker rooms and lockers are closed to all other Rec Center users at this time. 
  • Day-use digital lockers - Available on every floor for all Rec Center users.
  • Strength training and conditioning spaces - Capacity restricted.
  • Equipment check-out items - Items may be limited.
  • Indoor climbing wall - Drop-in bouldering during all open Rec Center hours. First-come, first-served. Capacity of six people. Visit the Climbing Center webpage for details.
  • Cardio zones - Capacity restricted.
  • In-person Group X fitness classes - Offering a limited number of drop-in style, in-person classes that are free and open to Campus Rec members. Visit the Group X webpage for details.
  • Personal training -In-person and virtual personal training offered based on client preferences. Both the trainer and client are required to wear masks during sessions. Visit the Personal Training webpage for details.
  • Outdoor gear rentals - Items may be limited. Visit the Gear Rentals webpage for details.
  • Day-use lockers - Capacity may be limited. 
  • Drop-in sports - Limited individual and one-on-one drop-in sports on the gymnasium courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a 45-minute time limit on all drop-in activities in order to give more participants a chance to play. Sports equipment can be checked out at the Equipment Check-Out Desk next to Member Services. Visit the Drop-in Sports webpage for details. 


  • No guest passes
  • No spa 
  • No towel service - Remember to bring your towel if you have a swim lane reservation.
  • No locker rooms and lockers - Only open to those with a swim lane reservation.
  • No lounge areas
  • No Rec Sports office
  • No water fountains  - Water fountains throughout the facility are closed, except for the automatic water bottle filling station on the second floor near the locker rooms. Be sure to bring a filled water bottle with you! 



Face masks are required to enter the facility and must be worn at all times while in the Rec Center. This includes during exercise and times of exertion, with the exception of lap swimming. Please adjust your workouts accordingly.

Portland State University and the state of Oregon require a face mask that rests snugly above the nose, below the mouth, and on the sides of the face. In accordance with current CDC guidance, PSU does not consider face shields, neck gaiters/buffs, or bandanas as acceptable substitutes for masks. Masks with exhalation valves or vents are not permitted, even if the ports are disabled. Visit PSU's Masks, Hygiene, and Sanitation webpage for more information.

Campus Rec staff will be wearing masks and we need you to do the same to help us in making the Rec Center a safe space. For more information, visit PSU’s Return to Campus webpage.


We have spaced out equipment, added signage, and placed cues on the floor to indicate the physical distancing requirements and direction of travel required in the Rec Center. You may also find new exits from the facility and one-way staircases. In most cases, we will ask you to maintain the typical 6 feet of distance from others. In some instances, we may ask you to increase the distance between you and your neighbor. For example, if you and your neighbor are both breathing harder during your workout, you may be asked to distance yourselves more than 6 feet apart. Our staff are here to point you in the right direction and provide you with reminders as needed.


Our facility has an occupancy limit set by the state for the total number of people in the facility, including staff. The Rec Center capacity limit has increased to 50%. Throughout the coming months, we may decide to set limits lower than the state permits. You will also notice that we have set capacity limits for spaces within the facility and have indicated these limits with signage. Our staff will monitor these spaces and help you in meeting these requirements as best we can.


Facility reservations are no longer required for general facility use, but remain required for lap swimming in the pool. We are monitoring pool capacity using the facility reservation system for swim lane reservations. Campus Rec members have the opportunity to obtain a swim lane reservation up to 48 hours before their visit to the Rec Center using our online facility reservation system - WebTrac. Instructions for reserving a time slot can be found on the Facility Reservations webpage.



Review the COVID-19 Daily Self-Checklist each day before visiting the Rec Center.


If you are not feeling well or are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 such as cough, shortness of breath, or fever, please stay home. If you are concerned that you have been exposed or are showing symptoms of coronavirus, contact your healthcare provider or call the SHAC Nurse Line with coronavirus related questions or concerns at 503.725.2515 or the 24/7 Nurse Advice Line (after hours) at 844.224.3145.


Visit the Facility Reservations webpage for more information and instructions on reserving a time slot through our online facility reservation system.


  • PSU ID card or ASRC access badge
  • Face mask - Required to enter the facility and must be worn at all times while in the Rec Center
  • Filled water bottle - One automated bottle filler is available on the second floor
  • Any other equipment you might want for your visit

NOTE: Towel rentals, locker rentals, and drinking fountains are not available at this time. The showers and lockers are only open to those with a swim lane reservation. 


We are all in this together. Your efforts are important to your personal safety, as well as the safety of the community. Staff will provide friendly reminders to clean machines or areas before and after each use. 

  • Wear a face mask that stays in place and covers your mouth and nose at all times while you are in the Rec Center facility. This includes during exercise and times of exertion, with the exception of lap swimming. Please adjust your workouts accordingly. Campus Rec staff will be wearing masks and we need you to do the same to help us in making the Rec Center a safe space. 
  • Equipment and spaces will be modified to meet state and local physical distancing measures. Please note various signage, floor markings, and equipment modifications, and respect these new measures.
  • Campus Rec staff will be frequently cleaning equipment between use and may ask that you relocate to a different machine or equipment area to allow for cleaning.
  • We are no longer offering cloth towels and spray bottle stations as we have in the past. You will be issued your own spray bottle for the duration of your workout, and will find heavy-duty paper towels in single-sheet dispensers. Paper towels must be thrown away after a single use. Although this does not align with our sustainability standards, it is the best alternative available to us at this time. Spray bottles will be disinfected before being issued to you, and will be returned for cleaning following your workout.
  • With reduced occupancy and hours, we ask that you refrain from sitting idly on weight benches and machines using your phone between sets. Please wrap up your set so that the next person has an opportunity to work out. 
  • To protect other patrons and staff, we ask that you limit the time spent at the Rec Center to your workout only and reduce interactions inside the facility. While we are excited to see you, the Rec Center is not being used as a gathering space or a place to hang out during this time. We hope to be able to offer a place to gather and socialize again in the future. Thank you for supporting the safety and wellbeing of our patrons and staff by complying with this request. 


Enhanced Air Handling 

  • To compliment the use of personal face masks, Campus Rec is working with building managers to ensure that our air exchange rates and mix of outside (fresh air) are set to the levels consistent with current health standards. 
  • Our automated systems are still set to turn on anytime someone is in a space. HEPA filters have been installed throughout the building.
  • As an LEED Gold Certified building, we have a number of windows that remain operable. 

Enhanced Cleaning Protocols

  • In between the Rec Center's hours of operation, we close the facility for deep cleaning.
  • Campus Rec staff are trained to meet new cleaning standards throughout the facility. You may notice additional hand sanitizer stations, as well as staff cleaning more frequently with spray bottles and towels or new electrostatic sprayers designed to wrap a disinfectant solution around equipment and facility touch points. 


The Campus Rec Connect e-newsletter (sign up here) provides updates, tips, and resources to help keep our community informed, connected, active, and engaged. Our website is a great hub for accessing up-to-date information about our services and resources available to students. We are also actively connecting with our community on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.