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Dahlonega Campus updates recreation center

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Staff at UNG's Dahlonega Campus Recreation Center demonstrate a new exercise bike that allows the user to enjoy games while riding.

The Recreation Center on the University of North Georgia's Dahlonega Campus has updated the facility and equipment this summer and plans more updates later in the year.

"The Recreation Center serves a wide variety of people from the elderly to the very young, from students to the community," said Derek Leonard, director of recreational sports. "We want to stay current and still serve people who enjoy the standard machinery."

New treadmills have been installed that allow the user to take a virtual run anywhere in the United States; the treadmills adjust to hills and flat parts of the trail as the user walks or runs. Two new bikes include an option to race other players or play various games; in one game, riders can follow a path to collect coins until they locate a dragon. Both the new treadmills and new bikes allow tracking of hours, distance, and speed through user accounts.

Through the new technology and videogame-like interactions, a person quickly accomplishes a 15-minute workout without noticing, because of the fun aspect of an interactive workout, Leonard said.

Other machines that have been purchased due to popularity include an incline elliptical, a lateral machine that helps with leg and athletic training, and two new bench press centers.

All new machinery was chosen through the use of demonstrations and surveys to allow for user choice. Out of nine demonstration models, three were picked due to popularity, usability, and what was needed.

"We want the people who use the recreation center to know that their opinions are heard through surveys of equipment and that their fees are put to good use," said Chance Benson, graduate assistant in recreational sports.

Renovations to the facility include tinting the windows on the west side of the gym, which keeps gym patrons comfortable and has significantly reduced energy costs for the facility. The center has also been able to fix the lighting system, move the scoreboards for safety and viewing convenience, and will be installing two new video screens that will advertise school and community activities. A water bottle purification system soon will be installed as well.              

"We have a state-of-the-art facility, and we want the renovations and equipment updates to reflect that," Leonard said.

The annual refinishing of the gymnasium floors in the Recreation Center will take place from Aug. 2-11, and will require the center to be closed during those days.

All renovations and updates to the Dahlonega Campus Recreation Center are funded by student fees, community member access fees, and the Student Government Association.

To keep up with activities and events at the Dahlonega Campus Recreation Center, click here.

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