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Written by Heather Gately ('13)
University Park is located on the corner of Port Republic and Neff Avenue in Harrisonburg, Virginia, only minutes from JMU's campus. University Park's recreation facilities provide the JMU community with outdoor recreation spaces to meet a diverse set of needs. This environment expands programming opportunities, supports learning, promotes wellness and creates a sense of community among students, faculty and staff. University Park serves as the students’ “backyard," accommodating up to 4,000 participants daily when fully utilized.
The Gatehouse serves as a welcome center and includes an equipment checkout area, an administrative office, restrooms, dressing rooms and a meeting room. A pavilion offers students an area for picnics and cookouts, and may also double as a performance venue. An open event lawn is available primarily for informal recreation but may also be scheduled for special events. A multipurpose synthetic turf, measuring 400’ x 620’, is available to serve three different purposes: four flag football fields, three soccer fields, or two softball fields at any one time. One lap around the outside of the fence at the turf is 0.4 miles. There are two Sand Volleyball Courts, two Basketball Courts, and four Tennis Courts. A nine-hole disc golf course is located in the woods near the main parking lot area. High and low rope courses will eventually be available through group programs and academic coursework to enhance team and leadership development.
Park operating hours for Spring Semester are Sunday - Thursday 11am-11:30pm and Friday/Saturday 11am-10pm. Come play on UREC’s event lawn, four tennis courts, two sand volleyball courts, two basketball courts, large multi-purpose turf and pavilion. Don’t forget your valid JACard – it is required to enter the UREC facility!