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Kent State Announces Plans for New Recreation Fields

Posted Sep, 3, 2010

Kent State University’s Department of Recreational Services announced the construction of its new multipurpose recreation fields that will be located across from the university's Student Recreation and Wellness Center on Summit Street. Construction of the fields will begin this November and will be available for use by fall 2011.

Kent State President Lester A. Lefton hosted a preview event on Tuesday, Aug. 31, and revealed the architectural renderings of the fields. The new site will provide Kent State students, faculty and staff and community members with two lighted recreation fields, two tennis courts and a basketball court.

Kent State’s Director of Recreational Services Gretchen Julian said the new fields are in response to the university’s growing enrollment and the demand for more residential housing. Julian added that these new fields will help accommodate more than 9,000 students that participate in intramural and club sports at Kent State.

“Intramural and club sports are important to these students because it enhances leadership and organizational skills that they can bring back to the classroom,” Julian said.

Julian said that the project has been a work in progress for three years and is now a reality thanks to Lefton, who added that the construction of the fields is another way to keep Kent State “one of the best universities around.” Lefton said that these fields will be around for a long time and thousands of students will enjoy them, giving students a place to round out their lives.

For more information about the new recreation fields, contact Jason Hawk, marketing coordinator of Kent State’s Department of Recreational Services, at 330-672-0465 or

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Media Contacts:
Jason Hawk,, 330-672-0465
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595