Located on North Campus between Cambridge and Ellicott communities, the Geary F. Eppley Recreation Center is an open and welcoming multipurpose facility that offers a wide variety of free play activities, including cardio and weight training, basketball, racquetball and squash, swimming, badminton (available 7pm - 10pm Saturdays and 10am - 2pm on Sundays), as well as group fitness classes. Since opening in 1998, Eppley Recreation Center has become UMD’s go-to place to be active.
Located in the Eppley Recreation Center, the Natatorium serves as one of the premier indoor swimming complexes in the region. The Natatorium serves as the primary lap swimming venue for UMD students and RecWell members. This facility also has the ability to host large-scale swim meets and dive competitions along with other aquatic activities such as log rolling tournaments, water based obstacle courses, and water polo.
The Outdoor Aquatic Center, located on the west end of Eppley Recreation Center, is a vibrant and fun space for aquatic activities under the sun. From lap swimming to sand volleyball, or simply relaxing on the pool deck the OAC is a great place to be active during warm months.
The Adventure Program's climbing wall towers 55 feet and offers climbing on 11 different top ropes in addition to our bouldering grotto. It is located outside, on the north side of the Eppley Recreation Center and accessed via the walkway between Lot SS2 and the School of Public Health, or via the stairs on the west side of the ERC between the ERC and the Outdoor Aquatic Center.
Located just off Baltimore Avenue, Ritchie Coliseum provides convenient access to recreational opportunities for RecWell members on the south end of campus. In addition to free play activities and club sports programming, Ritchie also hosts many tournaments, competitions, socials, dances, trade shows, commencements, and other special events.
Located adjacent to the Eppley Recreation Center, University Recreation & Wellness manages four recreation spaces in the School of Public Health (SPH) - a fitness center, weight room, matted room, and gymnasium. The SPH fitness center and weight room are available for use by RecWell members, including UMD faculty/staff with a free limited access membership, while the matted room and gymnasium are available for rental only.
The SPH fitness center offers specific faculty & staff only hours aimed to provide an enhanced wellness experience for that population.
Located in Cole Fieldhouse (room #0249), The RecWell Bike Shop is a student-powered bike shop providing free bike repair and education for all UMD students, faculty, staff, and RecWell members. The shop also rents commuter and mountain bikes, hosts bike maintenance classes and group rides, and has a limited inventory of bike parts and safety equipment for sale.
The Adventure Program is the basecamp for all of your adventure needs. Located in the lower level of the Eppley Recreation Center, this adventure hub is home to outdoor gear rental and retail, a resource library, and is the location of pre-trip meetings for adventure trips hosted by the Adventure Program.
There are several locations on campus where outdoor basketball courts are available for Free Play that are maintained by the University Recreation and Wellness department. These spaces offer an informal recreation opportunity for the campus community. Some of the courts are also available to be rented for small events.
LaPlata Beach is located directly across from the front entrance of the Eppley Recreation Center, situated between several high-rise undergraduate residence hall communities. This space, commonly referred to as “The Beach," is used for free play activities, like pick up soccer and volleyball games, as well as special events. One of the few outdoor spaces on the north side of campus, LaPlata Beach allows for both active and passive recreation and socialization opportunities.
Located on Baltimore Avenue between Turner Hall and the North Gate entrance, this renovated facility consists of a competition caliber softball field and multi-use fields that accommodate club sports activities such as softball, ultimate frisbee, intramural sports programming, special events, and free play opportunities.
Located on north campus, adjacent to the Xfinity Arena, this lighted multi-purpose field consists of three regulation flag football fields and two regulation field hockey/soccer fields.
The turf surface is a 100% rubber infill artificial turf surface manufactured by Fieldturf. The field is purposed for intramural sports, club sports, special events, rentals, camps, and some intercollegiate athletics practice.
Located by the Leonardtown community residence halls, Leonardtown park provides the campus community with the opportunity to be active outdoors in a relaxed and casual environment. The facility is used for free play activities, socialization, and occasional programmed activities such as intramural sports wiffleball tournaments.