Pride Recreation Center
- 17th Street and Melrose Avenue
- tel: 610-499-1323
- fax: 610-499-1029
- Director, Pride Recreation Center
- tel: 610-499-1321
- Assistant Director, Pride Recreation Center
- tel: 610-499-1322
Facility Hours (General)
- Monday - Thursday:
- 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Saturday & Sunday:
- 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
* Modified facility hours are implemented over the summer, holidays, and during academic breaks. View the PRC calendar for specific hours.
- Hours of Operation
- Membership and Access
- Facilities, Equipment, and General Usage
- Group Fitness
- Intramural Sports
- Equipment Rental
- Club Sports
What are the Pride Recreation Center hours of operation?
Facility hours include:
- Pride Recreation Center: Mon-Thurs 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Fri – 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Sat & Sun – 10:00
a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
** Access closes 15 minutes prior to facility closing time. All activity areas close 10 minutes prior to the closure time.
- Climbing Wall: Mon-Fri – 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sat-Sun – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Media Room: available Mon-Sun, call x1323 for reservations
For a complete listing of facility hours and events, view the Pride Recreation Center Hours and Events Calendar. Certain areas may be unavailable at certain times due to scheduled activities and open hours are subject to change without notice.
When are modified facility hours in effect?
Modified facility hours are implemented over the summer, holidays, and academic breaks. Scheduled modified hours are included in the Pride Recreation Center Hours and Events Calendar. Unscheduled modified hours can also be in effect due to inclement weather and other unforeseen circumstances.
What are the peak facility hours?
Peak days are Mondays and Tuesdays. Daily peak times are between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
When can Schwartz Athletic Center facilities be used for informal recreation?
- Informal recreation times are listed on our calendar but can vary based on athletic practices and games. Typically, the gym and field house are open for recreation from 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- To reserve time at the Schwartz Athletic Gymnasium or Schwartz Field House for an event, please call 610-499-4454.
- For pool hours, visit the Widener Pride website for up-to-date open swim hours. For more information, contact 610-499-4448.
- Memorial Field and the sand volleyball court are open daily for general use, but intramural
and club sports have priority access. To reserve this space contact a Pride Recreation
center staff member.
Who is eligible to become a member and access the Pride Recreation Center?
Widener University students, staff, administration, faculty, and retirees are granted free access to the Pride Recreation Center with a valid Widener ID. Spouses/domestic partners of full-time faculty, administrative, or support staff are eligible to become members of the Pride Recreation Center for an annual fee of $60.00.
Who cannot access the Pride Recreation Center?
Guests, children, contractors, Widener alumni, recruits, and the general public are not permitted to use the facility.
I’m an eligible spouse or domestic partner. How do I become a member?
Complete a Widener University Pride Recreation Center Registration/Informed Consent and Release Form. If necessary, a Widener University Medical Clearance Form must also be completed and signed by a physician before being cleared to use the facility. All forms must be submitted to the Pride Recreation Center in a sealed envelope, clearly marked “confidential” and addressed to:
Attention: Director/Assistant Director, Pride Recreation Center
1 University Place
Chester, PA 19013
Once cleared to use the facility, all spouses/domestic partners will receive a Pride Recreation Center clearance ticket. The spouse/domestic partner will then take the clearance ticket to the Campus Safety Office inside Lipka Hall to obtain a photo ID card and make their membership payment. Anticipated turnaround time for spouse memberships is no more than 1 week from the time the registration form is submitted.
I’m an eligible member. How do I get into the Pride Recreation Center?
You must present a valid Widener University ID at time of entry and all members must sign in at the front desk. Individuals that do not present a valid Widener ID will be asked to leave. We do not accept any other forms of ID. If any patrons are caught using another individual’s ID, he or she will be reported to Campus Safety and the Office of Student Conduct.
What is deemed appropriate attire?
Proper workout attire and shoes must be worn at all times:
- Closed-toe, non-marking, rubber-soled, athletic shoes must be worn.
- Jeans, cut-offs, and pants with belts are prohibited.
- Workout bottoms must be long enough to cover the entire buttocks.
- Members are prohibited from wearing any piece of clothing that does not cover their entire back and/or stomach, as well as any text/logo that may be offensive in nature.
- Loose or dangling jewelry is prohibited.
- During inclement weather, members must abide by the “two shoe policy” and bring an
additional pair of athletic shoes for facility use.
What items are prohibited in the facilities?
- Personal workout equipment (e.g., attachments, weights)
- Food, including chewing gum – only water in closed, re-sealable, plastic containers are permitted
- Glass water bottles
- Personal boom boxes and/or radios
- Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, roller blades, and roller skates
- Animals, except guide/aid animals
What are the policies on equipment use?
- All equipment must be used in the manner for which it is intended. Specific rules and regulations are posted in each activity space.
- No Pride Recreation Center equipment is to leave the facility at any time. Pride Recreation Center staff reserve the right to search an individual’s bag for Pride Recreation Center property.
- Members are required to wipe down all equipment used that comes in contact with the body (e.g., machine pads, handles) by using the provided paper towels and cleaning solution.
- Members are not permitted to bring and/or use personal workout equipment (e.g., attachments, weights) on the cardio or strength training floors.
- Any equipment that is broken or malfunctioning should be reported to a staff member immediately.
- Cardio Floor: A 30-minute time limit on cardio equipment during peak hours can be implemented at any time. Staff members will assist in alerting members when this time limit is enforced.
- Strength Training Floor: Banging or dropping weights on the floor is strictly prohibited. All equipment including
dumbbells, weight plates, and so on, must be re-racked and returned to their original
location after each use.
What policies must all members abide by?
- All members must present a valid Widener ID to enter and/or use the facility.
- Abusive language and foul play are strictly prohibited. Please be courteous to all members and staff.
- The Pride Recreation Center is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal property.
- All items placed in lost and found will be discarded after 15 days.
- All belongings should be kept off the floor/equipment and placed in the storage cubbies located on the first and second floors of the Pride Recreation Center.
- All locks left overnight may be cut and all items removed. Members should see a staff member for applicable locker room codes.
- Backpacks/bags are prohibited in all group fitness rooms.
- Members are not allowed to facilitate personal training sessions with other members and/or bring in external trainers to assist with workouts. Members and guests are also prohibited from providing nutritional products or other goods and services on the premises without prior approval from the director/assistant director.
- Pride Recreation Center staff members and Campus Safety reserve the right to remove any person who is not compliant with the Pride Recreation Center policies.
- Anyone under the influence of alcohol or any drug will not be allowed to enter/use the facility.
- If for any reason you experience difficulty breathing, lightheadedness, acute pain,
etc. while working in the facility, notify a staff member immediately for assistance.
How do I access the climbing wall?
- Climbing is prohibited without supervision by a climbing wall employee during operational hours.
- All climbers must sign in when entering the climbing wall area.
- Climbing wall hours are subject to change at any time, based on utilization. Patrons are not permitted to climb during sponsored rock climbing physical education classes.
- Patrons with injuries (e.g., broken bones, surgeries) may be required to present a medical release approving them to climb prior to using the climbing wall.
- Instructional classes are prohibited without the expressed consent of the Pride Recreation Center director.
- Climbing wall staff and/or Campus Safety reserve the right to remove any person who
is not compliant with the posted policies.
What attire is required to access the climbing wall?
No sandals, open-toed shoes, or open-heeled shoes are permitted. Shirts are required.
What climbing wall equipment is provided? Can climbers bring use their own gear?
- Harnesses, carabineers, climbing shoes, and belay devices are available for all members to use when a valid Widener ID is presented.
- Climbers who would like to use their own harness and/or climbing shoes may do so only after equipment has been approved by a climbing wall manager. No other outside gear is permitted.
- Only Widener provided grigris will be used as belay devices.
- No ATCs or outside devices are permitted.
What are the climbing and belaying policies?
- Only climbing wall employees are allowed to set ropes and/or change out equipment. This includes removing, adding, and setting holds to the wall.
- Climbing/belayer teams must act in a respectable manner at all times and observe all policies and procedures.
- Verbal top-roping commands are required before and during climbing.
- Never climb above or below another climber.
- Before descending from the wall, climbers must always face the wall and adhere to their belayer’s instructions.
- Lead climbing is not permitted.
- Any patron wishing to belay another climber must complete and pass a belayer certification
test facilitated by a climbing wall manager. Certifications must be renewed every
What are the bouldering policies?
- No part of a boulderer’s body should pass above the line formed by the second row of metal quick draw hardware.
- Boulderers must always have a spotter and are encouraged to use the crash pad.
Can students work at the Pride Recreation Center?
Yes! Students interested in working at the Pride Recreation Center can fill out an application their second semester of freshman year or later. Undergraduate and graduate student applications are accepted in May and November for both work-study and non-work-study students. Students can work up to 15 hours per week. Students must be in good academic and financial standing with the university.
What types of employment opportunities exist?
Our facility is always looking for excellent student workers. Our facility accepts applications for desk workers, floor supervisors, facility managers, rock wall belayers, rock wall managers, group fitness instructors, intramural scorekeepers, intramural referees, and intramural sports supervisors. Pay rates vary based on position.
I am not a student. Can I work at the Pride Recreation Center?
Sorry, we only accept Widener undergraduate and graduate student applications. Applicants must also be a matriculated student at Widener.
How can I join a group fitness class?
To join a group fitness class, sign in at the front desk as well as the Group Fitness Log prior to entering any group fitness class. All classes are first come, first serve. Participants may sign in 15 minutes prior to the class start time. Phone registrations are not accepted. All participants must have a valid Widener ID.
What if I am late to a class?
All participants must show up for class on time and late arrivals are disruptive and may not be permitted to enter.
What is appropriate group fitness attire?
Only closed toe, rubber-soled athletic shoes are permitted and all other Pride Recreation policies regarding appropriate attire must be adhered to.
How should group fitness equipment be maintained?
All group exercise equipment should be cleaned and returned to its original location after use. Personal group exercise equipment (e.g., mats, yoga blocks) must be approved by the instructor and/or a director prior to use.
What are the policies and procedures for specific group fitness classes?
Pride Recreation Center rules and regulations are posted in each activity space. The group fitness instructor has the authority to remove any individual from a class who is not abiding by the preceding policies.
What are intramural sports policies and procedures?
Please review the Pride Recreation Intramural Handbook.
Who is eligible to participate in intramural sports?
All full-time, day, undergraduate students on the Main Campus are eligible to participate in the intramural sports program. Intramural sports are offered for men, women, and co-ed divisions. Faculty, staff, and full-time graduate students officially registered at Widener University Main Campus are eligible for certain intramural one- and two-day events only.
How many intramural teams can I play on?
Individuals may play on more than one team in the same intramural sport but the teams must be in different divisions (co-ed, men’s, and women’s).
I am a former intercollegiate player; can I still participate in the intramural sports program?
An individual who has completed their intercollegiate eligibility (i.e., the player has not been active on an NCAA roster for a year), or is a rostered varsity athlete will be permitted to play on an intramural team in that sport or a related sport, but they must abide by the specified varsity athlete ratio listed in the handbook. For example, no more than two former or current intercollegiate athletes (no more than a total of two varsity athletes regardless of gender) can be on the same sport roster as their collegiate sport.
I am a club sports member; can I still participate in the intramural sports program?
Club sports athletes must follow the same roster ratio as intercollegiate athletes in their corresponding sport (see above).
What is the fee for intramural sports?
Intramural sports include a forfeit deposit that is relative to the sport being played.
If your team does not forfeit, your team will receive the deposit money back. All
teams should review the forfeit deposit policy to avoid losing their fee(s).
How do I register for intramural sports?
When/where are games played?
Intramural sports are played all week long, including weekends typically in the evenings between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Sports are played on a variety of Widener fields and facilities based on availability and equipment needs.
What is the forfeit policy?
All teams must pay a $20.00 forfeit deposit at the mandatory captains meeting prior to a league schedule being created. If your team does not forfeit any games – you get your money back! Your team is permitted to have one default where teams call us in advance to reschedule their game. Teams are only granted one default per sport, per season. Large roster sizes help discourage teams from needing to forfeit games as well as communicating with our Recreation Coordinator of Intramurals.
|All Athletic Fields (Quick, Dixon, Gymnasium, Field House)||Mon-Sun||All events must be reserved through Asst. Athletic Director at ext. 4454|
|Media Room||Mon-Sun||Call ext. 1323 for reservations|
|Swimming Pool||Mon-Sun||Check athletics.widener.edu for hours|
|Schwartz Athletic Weight Room||Mon-Sun||Call ext. 1361 for hours|
|Memorial Field||Mon-Sun||Open Daily: Intramurals and Club Sports have priority from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
|University Center Game Room||Mon-Sun||Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Sat-Sun, 12:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
|Sand Volleyball Court||Mon-Sun||Open Daily: Intramurals and Club Sports have priority from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
*Hours are subject to change based on facility rentals and other events.
What equipment is available to rent/borrow?
- Badminton rackets, net & shuttlecocks
- Footballs & flag football belts
- iPhone adapters
- Kan Jam, ladder ball, bocce ball, corn hole
- Kick balls
- Soccer balls / nets / cones
- Softballs, gloves & bats / bases
- Tennis rackets & balls
- Volleyballs / nets / sand volleyballs
- Xbox 360 / games
- And more…
Billiards and ping-pong are also available for student use in Widener’s University Center, while fooseball and air hockey are available at the Pride Recreation Center.
How do I check out equipment?
To rent equipment, please fill out the equipment rental form or contact the Recreation Coordinator (Intramurals).
How much does it cost to rent equipment?
Renting equipment is free of charge with a valid Widener ID. Please note that if any equipment is lost, misplaced, or broken – it is your responsibility to pay for the item or replace the item.
When should rented equipment be returned?
Equipment can be borrowed for up to five days.
What are registration or eligibility requirements to get involved with a club sport?
All club sport participants must be full-time (12 academic credits per semester), Main Campus, undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students must have a valid physical form on file at Student Health Services as well as an ImPACT test and sickle cell blood draw test. When applicable, health screens completed at Student Health Services are also required for participation.
Is there a fee to join a club sport?
All club sports offered at Widener are partially funded by the Student Government Association. This funding helps offset out-of-pocket costs for participants as well as team fundraisers. Fees per sport can vary including individual registration fees to the league/governing body and personal equipment required to play the sport. All students must also pay a university-mandated athletic insurance fee (billed to his/her student account) in order to participate.
Where can I find a club sport’s schedule?
Club sports schedules can be found on the individual club’s CampusCruiser page. Visit the Club Sports page for a direct link.
What rules apply when playing a club sport?
Clubs must abide by the rules and regulations of their sport’s governing body, league, or union. Club advisors and the Pride Recreation team are available to provide guidance. Specific rules and regulations for each sport can be found on the Club Sport’s CampusCruiser page. Clubs are also responsible for abiding by all Pride Recreation Club sport rules and policies listed in the club sports handbookas well as policies stated in the student code of conduct.