Fitness Center Reopening

July 30, 2021

By  (831) 459-2531

The UC Santa Cruz Fitness Center has re-arranged all power racks to the first floor, one of many layout changes and deep cleaning procedures completed prior to reopening the facility on August 1, 2021.
All cardiovascular equipment has been relocated to the second floor of the UC Santa Cruz Fitness Center, among several other layout adjustments prior to reopening on August 1, 2021.
Hello Banana Slugs!

The Department of Athletics & Recreation is thrilled to announce that our Fitness Center is officially set to reopen to all Slug Recreation Members (undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, emeriti, staff, alumni, retirees, affiliates, and community members) on Sunday, August 1st!

After over a year and a half of being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are so very excited to welcome back the majority of our campus community to our Athletics & Recreation Complex for lap swimming, tennis, and the Fitness Center! This is a major milestone and we recognize that we could not have made it this far through our reopening phase without our dedicated student staff, support from University physical plant and custodial services, and senior leadership.

Due to the many recent changes regarding operational hours, facility access, and COVID mitigation policies, please read the information below that is pertinent to ensuring a smooth transition back to the Athletics & Recreation Fitness Center.

What to Expect:

Thoroughly cleaned and completely re-designed equipment layout that optimizes safety, performance, and aesthetics.

We kindly request that all visitors do their part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 by washing hands, wearing masks, wiping down and sanitizing equipment, and social distancing.

Admission Requirements:

The Fitness Center will be open for drop-in use during the summer operating hours listed below. Reservations are not required.

Important Note: Reservations remain required for lap swimming and tennis only.

Summer Operating Hours (through September 19th):
  • Monday: 9:30a-6:30p
  • Tuesday: 9:30a-6:30p
  • Wednesday: 10:30a-5:30p
  • Thursday: 9:30a-6:30p
  • Friday: CLOSED
  • Saturday: CLOSED
  • Sunday: 10:30a-2:30p
In order to access the Fitness Center, you must have an active Slug Recreation Membership, complete the UC Santa Cruz Visitor Symptom-Check Questionnaire prior to arrival and show proof of clearance, present a Photo ID/Student ID, and provide your Slug Rec Membership ID card/barcode at the main entrance of the East Field House.

You will need to scan the barcode on your Slug Rec Membership ID card at the main entrance of the East Field House in order to gain access to the facility. You will also need to scan your Membership ID card a second time at the entrance of the Fitness Center.

If you do not have a physical Membership ID card, please download the GoSlugs app to retrieve your Membership ID barcode.

How to retrieve electronic Membership ID card:
  1. Download the GoSlugs app
  2. On the home screen, select Member ID
3. Log in to your account with CruzID or Community Member username/password
4. Screenshot your barcode for scanning purposes upon arrival
COVID restrictions:
  • If you are unvaccinated, you are required to wear a mask at all times while indoors.
  • If you are vaccinated, we strongly recommend mask-wearing at all times while indoors.  
All patrons must complete a UC Santa Cruz Visitor Symptom-Check Questionnaire prior to facility admission regardless of vaccination status.

Water fountains and filling-stations are not currently available, so please bring your own water.

General Facility Use Expectations:

Patrons must:
  • Scan Slug Rec Membership ID card (Student ID card or GoSlugs app barcode) upon entering the facility;
  • Provide their own sweat/cleaning towel;
  • Use cleaning wipes and/or disinfectant spray to clean equipment touch-points and sweat before and after each use;
  • Wear closed-toed shoes and a shirt that covers the entire torso at all times;
  • Return all equipment to its proper storage place after use.
Other Info:
  • Day-use lockers are available (patrons must provide their own lock). Bags and large personal items are not permitted on the fitness floor.
    • Important Note: Personal belongings may not be stored overnight. All locker contents (including locks and unclaimed personal items) left overnight are subject to immediate disposal.
  • Membership ID card/barcode is required for facility admission as well as equipment check-out (weight belts, dip belts, jump ropes, resistance bands, balance discs).
  • Showers in the East Field House are available for use.
    • Important Note: Due to boiler malfunctions, showers are not currently equipped with hot water. Your patience is appreciated as we actively work towards a solution to remedy this situation as quickly as possible.
  • Water fountains and filling-stations are not currently available, so please bring your own water.
  • Reservations remain required for lap swimming and tennis only.
On behalf of UC Santa Cruz Athletics & Recreation, we cannot wait to reopen our doors to our beloved Banana Slug community! We look forward to seeing you at your next visit. For questions or concerns, please contact our Membership Services team at (831)-459-2531 or Visit our website for further details.

Go Slugs!