Recreation Center Reopening Information

We know you are ready to get back to your workout routine, and have appreciated your patience as we worked to implement many new policies and procedures to ensure that you are able to do so comfortably in a safe, clean space. As has been the case with other buildings on campus, our plan is to reopen the facility in phases, with limitations in occupancy and programming expanding each phase. How quickly we move through the phases will depend on guidance from the CDC and EPA, the regulatory laws of the state, and the health of our community (both inside and out of the hedges).

Beginning Monday, February 15, 2021, the Gibbs Recreation Center will extend operating hours to the following:

Building and Competition Pool

Monday – Friday 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Member Reservations

To uphold new physical distancing standards, the Rec Center will only grant access to a certain number of people at a time. Members can reserve one workout per day, starting 3 days in advance for lap swim, 5 days in advance for cardio or weight room, and no later than 15 hours in advance using our internal reservation system. If you need assistance logging in, please call 713-348-4058 or email us ricerec@rice.edu.

Time slots will be reserved on a first come, first served basis, and must be made at least 15 hours prior to the desired workout time. Individuals may only make a reservation with a current Rec Center membership. If you are an active Rice Staff/Faculty member or a graduate student without a membership, you must first purchase a membership before attempting to reserve a spot. No guests will be allowed in at this time.

Beginning Tuesday, November 2, Rec Center members will be able to sign up as early as 2 days in advance and up to one hour before a time slot. Members will also be able to cancel reservations up to 3 hours before their scheduled time slot.

Aquatic Center and Outdoor Spaces

The competition pool will be open, and lap swim will be available. Patrons who wish to swim can reserve lane space via the same reservation system mentioned above. Lanes will be restricted to one swimmer only. Swimmers needing additional assistance entering and exiting the pool will be assigned the lane with ADA lift. The recreation pool will remain closed.

Lap swim lanes will be limited to the following days and times:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Outdoor Training Park will be open and available for use. Patrons are asked to respect physical distancing guidelines, and to wipe down equipment after use. Hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies will be provided.

All recreation fields remain closed.