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Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu August 21, 2014
PHOTO BY: Rusty Hubbard

The University of Central Arkansas Health, Physical Education and Recreation Center is undergoing a $15.5 million renovation and expansion, which is scheduled to be done Nov. 11. Students and faculty have been given access to a Conway fitness center until the HPER facility reopens. Rain delayed the opening, said Dave Dennis, director of campus recreation. The project was student-driven, officials said, by members of the Student Government Association.

Expanded UCA fitness center to open in November

CONWAY — The rainy summer has pushed the opening of the expanded University of Central Arkansas fitness center from October to Nov. 11, but the director of campus recreation said it will be worth the wait. The Health Physical Education and Recreation Center at UCA, referred to as the HPER, is getting a 42,000-square-foot addition, bringing it to 110,000 square feet, said Dave Dennis, director of campus recreation. Dennis said the two am... READ MORE

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