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Hilltop bowling alleys to be replaced with new recreation spaces

In response to student input, Recreation and Sport Facilities at UW-Eau Claire will soon replace its bowling facility in Hilltop Center with reconfigured recreation space for our students, faculty and staff.

Removal of bowling equipment from the bowling area on Hilltop Center’s first floor is beginning in early August, and the reconfigured recreation space is expected to be open by the start of the 2018 spring semester, said Andy Jepsen, director of Recreation and Sport Facilities. The Billiards Center in Hilltop Center will remain, Jepsen said.

Fewer students were using the bowling lanes each year, and the student Bowling Club used alternative off-campus facilities because of the non-wood surface of the alleys and the aging equipment, Jepsen said, adding that the facility was no longer operating in the black.

“After much consultation with students, including Student Senate representatives and our Recreation Advisory Committee, and after looking at the use of the bowling alleys over time, we learned that students want something different,” Jepsen said. “Historically, bowling was very popular among students for many years. But we’ve reached a point where we need to evolve and serve today’s students.”

The reconfigured recreation space in Hilltop will replace the former, smaller group fitness space in the Crest Wellness Building. That space will be the new location of Housing and Residence Life administrative offices, which are being moved from Towers Hall due to major renovations set to begin in that facility. (University Recreation’s Fitness Center will remain in the Crest Wellness Building.)