The Recreational Sports Center is a legacy structure built in 1957 and is deficient in meeting the needs of today's students. Although we are currently serving nearly 5,000 users per day the facilities staffing and resources limit the overall impact. In response to the functional shortcomings and over-crowding of existing fitness, wellness, and recreation activity spaces, Purdue University has begun the process of re-inventing the existing 53 year old Recreational Sports Center as a contemporary Student Fitness and Wellness Center. This $98 Million project begins June, 2010.
The Division of Recreational Sports is committed to enhance the quality of life at Purdue through engagement in recreation which fosters an appreciation for a healthy lifestyle and promotes lifelong learning.
Pickett Memorial Park is named for the late Dean Pickett, a student at Purdue. He died in July 1969 in Yosemite National Park when a ledge he was standing on gave way. His parents, Robert and Margaret Pickett, established the park in 1971 to memorialize their son and his great love of the outdoors.