By Brittany Petrillo The Western Courier | October 11, 2013
Those looking for a new total body workout can now visit the Donald S. Spencer Recreation Center and try to tackle the new 16 feet tall AquaClimb
poolside wall. Pat McGrath, assistant director of Aquatics and Outdoor Pursuits at the rec said he encourages students to take advantage of the aquatic recreational challenge.
“It‘s kind of the new trend in aquatic features for recreational facilities,” McGrath said. “There haven’t been any advances in play areas for pools since pretty much the water slide came out probably 50 years ago, so it’s kind of the newest, biggest thing.” The wall was installed in early August, and it has since been featured on the cover of a few different magazines for recreation industries.
McGrath said he and his colleagues were looking to enhance the recreational swimming opportunities at the rec. “We have a great lap-swimming contingency; lots of people come and swim laps, but we don’t have as many people just playing around on inner tubes,” he said. “And there’s tons of options up there we just need something really to draw people in, and so far it’s really helped with that.”