New Locker rooms at UA will be all-gender

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The locker rooms at the University of Arizona Recreational Center will have a new look starting, Thursday afternoon. 



The University began renovation to the 27-year-old locker rooms back in May 2017. 

The University did a study in 2015 and learned, according to Michele Schwitsky with the UA, that many students didn't feel comfortable going to the old locker rooms. "perception is reality and we needed to change that."

The University says they wanted to be more inclusive and added 14 all-gender cabanas. "That can be LGBTQ community, families with small children and faculty that didn't want to change in front of students, says Schwitsky. 

The renovations include: 

  • 14 private all-gender cabanas
  • New layout creating open corridor to the pool deck
  • Top of the line lockers, including smaller wallet/phone lockers and larger day lockers to accommodate motorcycle helmets
  • Lockers available for rent in the all-gender area
  • New day-use lockers throughout the facility
  • Increased privacy accomplished through the layout of the space
  • Private shower stalls within the gendered locker rooms
  • Windows providing natural light in the locker rooms
  • RFID chipped towel tracker system
  • Individual swimsuit dryers and hair dryers
  • Lounge area between locker rooms for gathering and social engagement
  • Restroom accessible from the pool deck near the entrance of the locker rooms

According to the University, the total cost was roughly $5 MIL and it was funded by Campus Recreation's budget.

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