By Stephanie Wright/Assistant Editor
Wayland Baptists’ new recreational facility, the Pete and Nelda Laney Center, is now open for use with the official dedication ceremony scheduled for February 17.
The Laney Center is open for classes as well as during the day when the faculty is there. The athletic machines, track and basketball court are open for use with the plan to fully open the center when all the equipment has been set up and all the staff have been hired.
Planning for the center has been in the works for four or five years and ground breaking started about a year ago. The intention of the Laney Center is to provide not only a facility on campus for recreation but one for students to relax and hang out as well.
“We’ll be crossing barriers of different types of interests,” Dr. Claude Lusk said.
Other amenities include a rock-climbing wall, classrooms, a lobby with a pool and ping-pong tables and a food place serving sandwiches, salads, and fruit smoothies.
Not only will the students be allowed use of the center, but faculty and staff are encouraged to use it as well.
“You’ll see [students] mixing with the faculty and staff,” Lusk said. “That is really healthy.”
Another benefit of the new recreational facility is the classrooms available for students interested in exercise and sports science who have never truly had a building of their own.
For students interested in using the YMCA, membership will continue for the rest of the semester. After that, the administration will decide whether or not to keep it.
“Let’s see how much students use the Y and let’s figure out what makes sense,” Lusk said. “We need to see how this semester goes and then go from there.”
The dedication ceremony February 17 will honor all the donors that have made the building of the Pete and Nelda Laney Center possible.