The Rec Center

The Rec Center

Get Your Fitness On

The Michael J Gould Recreation Center is a full-featured wellness and recreation center located on the main campus in Cedar Rapids. Whether you're looking to stay fit, join a class, or just have some fun, the rec center has everything you'll need.

Recreation center use is free for credit students, employees, and retirees with a valid EagleCard. If you don't have an EagleCard, you can have one made at the recreation center by providing one form of photo identification.


Normal Hours

Monday – Thursday 6 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Friday 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday Noon – 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 – 7 p.m.


Please note: Upcoming college holidays and summer hours may impact the hours above. For more info, please see the full calendar below.

View our full calendar

May 2024

June 2024
July 2024

  • Three full-size basketball courts
  • 200-meter walking/jogging track
  • Cardio/strength training area
  • Aerobics room
  • Shower facilities
  • Lounge area with computers and a projector TV
  • Walking track
  • Baseball and softball fields
  • Basketball court
  • Sandpit volleyball court
  • Four tennis courts
  • Soccer field
  • Intramural/recreation fields

When using the facilities: 

  • No admittance without EagleCard.
  • Bring your own towel for use in the locker room facilities. If you bring your own padlock, it must be removed daily.
  • 30-minute maximum on exercise machines when people are waiting.
  • Clean gym/court shoes only.
  • Open-toed shoes are only allowed in the lounge area, gym or court shoes must be worn in all other areas.
  • Shirts and shoes required at all times.
  • Please wipe down exercise machine or mat when finished working out.
  • Re-rack weights when finished.
  • Headphones only.
  • No profanity.

Fitness Classes

Body-Fit is designed to tone muscles, increase metabolism, strengthen core muscles and burn fat. A variety of circuit training exercise techniques are used to keep you moving. Stability balls and small weights will be used.

Date: Monday and Wednesday

Time: 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Court 1

Instructor: Peyton

This results based course is designed to challenge your mind, body, and commitment.

Date: Tuesday and Thursday

Time: 6:20 – 7:05 a.m.

Location: Court 1

Instructor: Peyton (Tues), Brett (Thurs & Fri)

If you’ve always wanted to try yoga, now’s the time. Yoga is much more than trying to make shapes with your body. This yoga class includes stillness, breath work, life lessons, and beginner-friendly movement. If you want to improve your health, reduce stress, and simply feel better, come to a yoga class!

Date: Tuesday and Wednesday - Beginning Aug. 27

Time: 5:15 – 6 p.m.

Location: Multi-Purpose Room

Instructor: Alissa

A women’s class designed to help you learn some fundamentals of the weight room with movements and exercises.

Date: Mondays - Beginning Jan. 22

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Location: Weight Room

Instructor: Peyton

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can. Recreation Center memberships are available for $25 per six months. The following people are eligible for membership:

  • Spouse/Domestic Partner of Kirkwood employees (full-time, adjunct and regular part-time).
  • Spouse/Domestic Partner of Kirkwood retirees.
  • Children (age 14 – 25) of current Kirkwood employees (full-time, adjunct and regular part-time).
  • Children (age 14 – 25) of Kirkwood retirees.

Note: Children ages 14 – 15 need to be accompanied by an adult member.

The recreation center is not responsible for any article lost or found in the building. All items found will be held in storage until the end of the semester. Lost and Found is located in the Public Safety office, Facilities building, room 126B, 319-398-7777.

Equipment is available from the front desk in exchange for a valid EagleCard. The recreation center will provide equipment such as basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls, weight belts, jump ropes, and fitness DVD’s for no charge. The user is responsible for the replacement cost of any equipment that is damaged or not returned.

The courts are occasionally shared by Intramural, club and varsity sports. At this time, participants in these groups will have priority over the reserved courts. The rest of the recreation center will remain open for student and staff member use.

Wellness Programs & Events

Date/Time: Coming soon!

Location: Walking track on the main campus next to Johnson Hall around ball fields

Since 2011, the Healthiest State Initiative has engaged hundreds of thousands of Iowans in schools, work sites, and communities across the state to walk for 30 minutes. The goal of this year’s event is to have walks organized and registered in all 99 counties of Iowa.

The event’s slogan “Walk More. Connect More.” encourages participants to walk with a neighbor, friend, co-worker, or family members. Another way to connect with other Iowans is through social media, using the hashtags #GetYourWalkOn2018 and #WalkMoreConnectMore. The Annual Walk also serves as a kick-off to Healthiest State Month, happening throughout October, encouraging Iowans to “Live 5-2-1-0” and reminding them that “Healthy Choices Count!” To learn more about 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count, visit

The Healthiest State Initiative invites all Iowans to take this first step in building a healthier lifestyle and hopes that you will make walking 30 minutes part of your everyday routine. The walk will be anytime you can make it between 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and will end approximately 30 minutes of walking the walking track across from Johnson Hall. Refreshments will be available.

More Information: Questions related to this event can be directed to Brett Baumgart at

Date/Time: Jan. 22, 2024

“Just For the Health of it!” is a free 11-week program designed to help participants stay interested and involved in a regular exercise program. Choose your own activities and exercise at your own pace and convenience to earn your team more miles! Participants are required to fill out a weekly log to record their fitness activities. New challenges will be offered as goals for participants to reach and earn more miles.

Team Format: Participants are encouraged to form teams of 2 – 5 members for the purpose of social support, to enhance the health and wellness of Kirkwood's campus and add a little friendly competition. Prizes will be given to the team with the highest total average miles earned.

Join us for our annual Student Health and Wellness day!

Date/Time: Coming soon!


Have more questions? The recreation center staff is happy to help!

Contact Us

Brett Baumgart
Title: Recreation Services Supervisor
Phone: 319-398-4839
Jen Francescon
Title: Recreation Center Associate
Phone: 319-398-5596
Anthony Caenepeel
Title: Recreation Center Associate
Phone: 319-398-5596
Kevin Geary
Title: Recreation Center Associate
Phone: 319-398-5596