Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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La Plata Beach

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The Beach

This space is a common area between several high-rise freshmen dormitories and is used for non-programmed recreation opportunities, special events, and programmed activities. It is known as “The Beach” due to its long standing use by students for sunbathing. One of the few outdoor spaces on the north side of campus, near the dormitories, that allows for both active and passive recreation as well as socialization opportunities. Approximate two acre site consisting of 32,000 SF of Fieldturf-Tarkett Prestige XT-65 infill artificial turf surrounded by shaded grass areas, 4 small “half-court” basketball courts, and two sand volleyball courts. The artificial turf surface has greatly increased the number of opportunities and the variety of uses on the space. Irrigation is controlled by a Baseline irrigation controller which uses in-ground soil moisture sensors to monitor water need and waters accordingly. The system is accessible via a web based program allowing for remote monitoring and control of the system.
La Plata Details

Fraternity Row

Frat Row

Located on Route 1 beside Ritchie Coliseum, this 6-acre field facilitates Sport Club practices such as Rugby and Soccer as well as, hosts Homecoming and Greek Week activities.

Fraternity Row features a large “Green” centered within a grouping of 14 of the University’s Fraternity and Sorority Houses. The space has not had any major improvements in 10+ years. Large multi-purpose space that is used for informal recreation, special events, and club practices/games. Field can accommodate a full size rugby or soccer pitch as well as up to 4 flag football/ultimate fields. Irrigation is controlled by a Rainbird irrigation controller.

Frat Row details

Engineering Fields

Frat Row

Located on Route 1 between Turner Hall and the North Gate entrance, this renovated facility consists of competition caliber softball and multi-use fields that accommodate Sport Clubs activities such as Softball, Ultimate Frisbee, special events and informal recreation opportunities.

This site is the “Front Lawn” of the University and is adjacent to the main entrance to campus and administration buildings housing the President’s offices and the Student Affairs administrative offices. A complete redesign/renovation of the space resulting in high quality sand-based, cool season grass playing fields used primarily for club and special event activities with some IM programming. One multi-purpose field that can accommodate a full size rugby pitch as well as soccer/lacrosse/ultimate/field hockey, etc. One softball field that can accommodate both fast-pitch and slow-pitch softball as well as a multi-purpose space across the outfield that can accommodate a full size lacrosse/soccer/ultimate/field hockey field.

Engineering Fields details

Turf Fields

Artificial Turf

Located on north campus, adjacent to the Comcast Arena site, this lighted multi-purpose field consists of three regulation flag football fields and two regulation field hockey/soccer fields. The Turf Fields host numerous intramural events, summer camps, and sport clubs activities.

Replacement of an existing polypropylene conventional artificial turf surface that was originally installed in 1994. The new surface is a 100% rubber infill artificial turf surface manufactured by Fieldturf to meet our specifications. The field is purposed for intramural sports, club sports, special events, rentals, camps, and some intercollegiate athletics practice. Layout includes two large fields (9x9 soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse, field hockey) or 3 smaller fields (flag football, 6x6 soccer, ultimate). The field is lighted by four 90 foot poles with 21 (1500 watt) metal halide fixtures on each pole. All lines are painted (six colors total). Fence to fence artificial turf surface with a red turf “warning” track around the perimeter.

Turf details

Cole Tennis Courts

Tennis Courts next to Cole Fieldhouse

Located between Cole and Byrd Stadium, these 14 tennis courts accommodate RecWell instructional tennis courses, kinesiology classes, Intercollegiate Athletics matches and practices, and informal tennis play. Tennis court lights are operative year-round.

Adventure Program

Climbing Wall & Challenge Course

50-foot multi-faced climbing wall, bouldering grotto, 50 foot alpine tower, lowropes course and implements, high ropes course with static/dynamic belay combo, four person leap of faith element, and a shade structure over a large deck area. The course has evolved over the past few years to improve the offerings of the program and the functionality of the space. The facility serves drop-in climbers, special events, team-building workshops, departmental special programming, and facility rentals. The Adventure Complex serves campus student groups, academic classes, individual students, campus athletic teams, off-campus organizations, and camp programs..
Complex Details


The ERC Natatorium (indoor pool area) will be closed this summer from May 12 - August 25 due to a pool renovation project.  The Outdoor Aquatic Center will have extended hours during this time frame.  Please visit the Natatorium project updates page for more details.

The group fitness spaces in Regents Drive Garage is now open. Visit the Regents Updates page for more details.


Rental Contact

Please direct all facility rental questions to recwellreservations@umd.edu or (301) 226-4404.  All formal requests should be submitted using Virtual EMS.

Virtual EMS - Facility Reservation Request