MSU planning turf recreation fields, health and fitness center

Diana J. Smith
Beaumont Tower

EAST LANSING — Planning soon will begin for a student health, wellness and fitness center at Michigan State University which could include a pool.

The MSU Board of Trustees authorized officials to begin planning for the student facility at their meeting Friday. The new recreation center would be constructed in an area bounded by Shaw Lane, Birch Road and Harrison Road and replace the IM West fitness center on Chestnut Road.

Planning is underway, but the project does not yet have any estimated costs. Meanwhile, the Board of Trustees also approved $13-million plans to build two full-size, multipurpose artificial turf fields to be located on Service Road in the south academic district. 

Full lighting will accompany the turf fields, as well as two support buildings with storage, office space and restrooms. A canopy connecting the two buildings will provide weather protection. An abandoned geothermal field will be removed as part of the project. 

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