The Recreation Center, more commonly referred to as simply the Rec Center or the Rec, is Carleton's newest and largest athletic facility. It is home to a large fitness center, raquetball courts, and a climbing wall. It is located across the Lyman Lakes from the main part of the campus, and is behind Goodhue Hall.
The Rec Center was highly controversial at the time of its planning and construction. The college already had multiple recreation centers, and the new one was built at a distance from the rest of the campus (except for Goodhue Hall) and at a cost of $15 million. However, it is now a draw to many students, with its state-of-the-art equipment. It opened on April 3, 2000. The Rec Center is currently used by Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country, Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field, Baseball, Softball, and a number of Intramural Sports, as well as PE classes, individual students, and faculty.
- Recreation Center - Official site at Carleton.edu
- Carleton College to Open $15 Million Recreation Center - Press release