In a 2004 campus referendum, Stephen F. Austin University students approved a fee to construct a recreation center. Leaders at the university subsequently built a center to house the Campus Recreation Department, aquatics, safety camps, fitness/wellness, intramural sports, and member services The resulting design takes advantage of the site's sloping terrain and sweeping views of beautiful pine trees.
Play area for water basketball and volleyball
The aquatic facility offers CPR and lifeguard certification and sponsors dive-in movies, beach-ball dodgeball, and lifeguard races.
Design Awards and Publications:
- 2009 - 'Architectural Showcase' - Athletic Business magazine
- 2009 - 'Outstanding Sports Facilities' Award - National Intramural Recreational - Sports Association (NIRSA)
- 2008 - 'Innovative Architecture & Design' Award - Recreational Management magazine
- 2008 - 'Building of America' Award - The Texas Real Estate & - Construction Review magazine