Purdue RecWell Outdoor Master Plan

Project Overview 

The Purdue RecWell Outdoor Space Master Plan will provide a framework exploring opportunities regarding outdoor recreation and wellness facilities. The process includes an analysis of programming and potential development sites to develop a strategy that meets current and future recreation, health and wellness needs. The Plan will include a needs assessment and utilization analysis of existing outdoor facilities. Student and user group input will be incorporated through the process to guide the master planning team.

Why is the outdoor master plan critical to RecWell?

At Purdue RecWell, our commitment lies in fostering an inclusive environment. RecWell stands as a sanctuary for individuals to rejuvenate and alleviate stress. The significance of this outdoor master plan cannot be overstated in advancing our mission. RecWell is a welcoming space for all, and it is our endeavor to guarantee Purdue students a lasting home-away-from-home. A set of Guiding Principles were developed to support both the University's and RecWell's goals, help define overacrching objectives, and assist in future decision making. 

  1. Enhance student wellbeing and belonging through diverse outdoor recreation programs and facilities
  2. Celebrate differences through diverse program offerings
  3. Assure relevancy with the 2018 Giant Leaps Campus Master Plan
  4. Support student success through Student Life Steps to Leaps pillars
  5. Optimize resources while allowing for adaptability and flexibility
  6. increase capacity of the fields to meet a growing campus population and increasing demands

Vision:

The vision for Gold Fields and Pickett Park is to consider these outdoor venues as a single destination that provide a variety of outdoor spaces and activities to meet a diverse student population with a wide range of recreational needs, while still allowing space for future campus initiatives. The propsed recreation facilities will operate more efficiently and utilize less space. 

Future Plans include:

  • Convert natural grass fields to synthetic turf
  • Create a Student Hub and additional student gathering spaces
  • Create a Sand Volleyball Complex
  • Convert Hull Drill Field to synthetic turf
  • Add multi-use walks and trail loops
  • Add pickleball courts
  • Enhance Pickett Park
  • Embrace Todd's Creek and Enhance Wellbeing Space at Pickett Park
  • Add a flex turf area
  • Add parking
  • Relocate football parking 
  • Improve disc golf
  • Add practice fields
  • Add parking

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Task Forces 

Purdue Recreation & Wellness has identified four task forces to support the Master Plan effort by taking a detailed look into their respective focus areas from the viewpoint of each member’s personal perspective and understanding of the subject. Task force members will help to guide the development of the Master Plan and review recommendations to provide input related to the defined focus of the group.

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RecWell Impact

Emphasis was placed on connectivity to other recreation-based sites and campus open spaces, access to parking, conformance to the campus master plan, mitigating impacts to existing tree canopy, sustainability, green infrastructure, phasing and consideration of potential partnerships to positively impact the student and community that utilizes the Recreation and Wellness Outdoor spaces.

The Vision for Gold Fields and Pickett Park is to consider these outdoor venues as a single destination that provide a variety of outdoor spaces and activities to meet a diverse student population with a wide range of recreational needs. While still allowing space for future campus and infrastructure needs, this proposed recreation facilities will operate more efficiently and utilize less space to enhance that student and member experience at Purdue University. 

Key Takeaways

Demand for campus recreation is increasing and expected to continue to be in demand. Students desire access to outdoor activities to maintain a balanced life, reduce stress, and to expand their social connections. RecWell facilities have seen encroachment by other campus activities which has led to a negative impact on the quality of fields and ability to keep up with demand. The current Gold Fields, while providing space for multiple sports during the year, are not meeting increasing student demand nor are they meeting the standard for field quality and size. 

This plan aims to provide a guide for future RecWell expansion through analyzing student demand, facility utilization, capacity issues, and quality concerns. The outcome of this Outdoor Master Plan will be a RecWell program that places Purdue University as a leader in campus recreation and wellness facilities and programs. 

 

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