WashU Rec to Expand Access to Sumers Rec Center

Student walking in front Sumers Rec Center

The WashU Office of Recreation will expand Sumers Recreation Center access to faculty, staff, alumni, and retiree members starting July 6.

WashU Rec will begin offering new membership sales to these populations at this time and everyone with a paused membership will automatically have their membership reactivated. Check out memberships page for rates and payment instructions.

Please note, the Sumers Recreation Center continues to operate in a modified fashion. Some notes on facility access, space restrictions and modified programming are below.

Paused Members

By default, faculty, staff, alumni and retirees with a paused membership (those who have not previously received a prorated refund) will automatically have their membership reactivated beginning July 6 to include the extension already paid. No additional fees will be assessed and memberships will not continue past the extension end date unless a renewal is requested.

Paused members that don’t feel comfortable returning on July 6 can request a prorated refund by e-mailing rec@wustl.edu. Please provide a phone number with your refund request as a WashU Rec staff member will need to complete this transaction over the phone.

Please note, extending a membership pause beyond July 6 is not an option. The two choices for paused members are a July 6 reactivation or a prorated refund.

Facility Access

  • Members will be required to register for visits in advance, and there are a limited number of report times.
  • The busiest times in the facility are weekdays from 4-8 p.m. when report times routinely reach capacity. WashU Rec encourages members to consider registering for a visit between 6 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. when there is typically much more availability.
  • A mask is required to be worn inside the facility at all times, even while using cardio equipment regardless of vaccination status.
  • Per the Office of Parking & Transportation, parking in visitor and yellow designated spaces on the Danforth Campus is complimentary this summer through August 15.

Locker Room Access & Rentals

  • The Rec Locker Rooms will be available and locker rentals will also resume July 6.
  • Every other shower stall will be available for use.
  • Saunas will continue to be offline until further notice.

BearFit Classes

  • WashU Rec will not offer indoor BearFit classes this summer. There are free outdoor BearFit classes that are open to anyone in the WashU community with or without a membership. Participants must register for classes on the Online Rec Store.

Other Facility Notes

  • The indoor track is currently housing cardio equipment and is not available as a walking/running surface.
  •  All cardio equipment will be available for use and has been spread out at least 10 feet apart. Again, masks are required when using cardio equipment.
  • The squash and racquetball courts will remain closed.
  • Basketball has not been approved for indoor play, however there is still space for singles badminton play.
  • The pool will remain one person per lane with a required registration timeslot.
  • Towel service and some lending equipment will be available starting July 6.  WashU Rec will continue to sell some personal fitness equipment at the Membership Desk.

Spouse/Partner Memberships

WashU Rec will not re-open access to spouses and partners at this time. The priority is to serve the direct WashU community and follow University guidelines on limiting outside visitors to campus. Anyone who previously held a spouse/partner membership should have received a refund. Anyone who hasn’t received a refund can reach out to rec@wustl.edu. and provide a phone number to complete the refund process.

WashU Rec does not have a timeline on when membership sales to spouses and partners will resume. In the interim, WashU Rec is extending access to the free outdoor BearFit classes to spouses and partners who have previously had memberships.

WashU Rec would like to once again thank everyone for their patience during these unprecedented times.