Designate certain times during the day when trainers will be available to help users learn how to use the equipment and give general fitness advice.
Eliminate the permit fee for bi-weekly staff or create a sliding scale based on ability to pay to encourage greater use of Dillon by lower paid staff.
Continue the recent program to increase cleanliness, improve maintenance, and make repairs.
Expand the hours of operation at Dillon to 6:00 a.m. to midnight. Current hours during the week are 7:00 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.
Devote areas in Dillon or a new fitness facility for faculty/staff use.
Create private shower and locker room areas.
Create an incentive plan to give frequent users of the fitness facilities certain benefits or discounts.
Create a prox card system for Dillon, coordinating this project with the new ID cards being created by OIT, so Dillon can track users more easily and coordinate incentive plans. This system would also assist with security at Dillon—a large number enter the facility illegally every day.
Implement a long-term replacement plan for all fitness equipment.
Include a child care center at Dillon or close by, so parents of young children can make better use of the fitness facilities.
Significantly renovate and expand Dillon, or construct a replacement facility, perhaps in concert with a new health care facility. Dillon currently does not provide the fitness and recreational services that are needed on campus, and these deficiencies will only be exacerbated by the upcoming increase in the undergraduate student body.2
Benchmark not only against other leading universities but also against progressive corporations offering state-of-the-art policies and facilities.
2 Among the features of such an expanded or replacement facility could be additional basketball and volleyball courts, an indoor running track, a climbing wall, an expanded Stephens Fitness Center, additional classroom and meeting space, more activity rooms and office space, a new spinning room, additional international squash courts, racquetball courts, additional equipment storage rooms for club sports, a sauna-steam room, a healthy foods snack bar, better locker/shower/restroom facilities, towel service, better cleaning/custodial service, handicap accessibility, air conditioning in certain areas, a game room, a computer cluster, and a lounge area.