Rec & P.E. Frequently Asked Questions

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When will Rec & P.E. facilities reopen?
Wilson Recreation Center will reopen for the summer on Monday, May 17 to those with a Summer Membership. 

Access to available facilities is facilitated through a reservation system on the MyRec Web Portal. Additional information on accessing the facility can be found on our Operating Policies page.

Who has access to Rec & P.E. facilities?
Anyone with a valid Summer membership will have access to in-person programs and facilities, as well as virtual programs. Please note that you must have a valid, non-expired DukeCard to enter the facilities.

Additionally, all undergraduate students enrolled in hybrid or in-person P.E. classes (not online-only classes) that meet in the Wilson Recreation Center, on the West Campus Tennis Courts and/or at the Duke University Golf Course, will have access to Rec & P.E. facilities this summer semester. P.E. students with the Recreation Membership will have access to all Duke Recreation programming including reservations for the weight room, cardio area, and lap swim; as well as access to virtual classes and events. For information on how to access our facilities, visit our Operating Policies page.

What recreational spaces are available for use?
Wilson Recreation Center and Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion are available for use at this time at a limited capacity. Brodie will remain offline through the summer. Some pieces of weight and cardio equipment may also be unavailable to help ensure proper social distancing.

Locker room showers and lockers will be offline until Monday, May 24. Restrooms will be available for use in the locker rooms up until that date.

Facilities and spaces that will be offline until further notice:

  • Courts for open recreation basketball, badminton and volleyball
  • Equipment Checkout
  • Indoor Climbing Wall
  • Racquetball Courts
  • Sauna
  • Brodie Recreation Center
  • Cohan Fields
  • Card Gymnasium
  • IM Building (Squash Courts)

Will I have access to the Cohan Fields on West Campus for general open rec usage?
At this time, the Cohan Fields on West Campus are not available for open rec usage and will be used exclusively for varsity athletic practice schedules.

Are the East Campus Tennis Courts available for use?
The East Campus Tennis Courts are available for drop-in use; reservations are not available at this time. Please note some supervised Rec & P.E. programming will still occur on these courts, which would have first priority. Learn more about those Fitness & Wellness opportunities on MyRec.

Will I be able to access Red Mango Cafe?
Yes, information on accessing Red Mango Cafe can be found on their Dining Services webpage.

Do I have to wear a mask while working out?
Face masks or coverings are to be worn at all times while inside all Rec & P.E. facilities. 

How do I cancel a reservation?

  1. In MyRec, click on your photo (top-right)
  2. Select PROFILE
  4. On the registration you want to cancel, click the MORE symbol (3 dots) at the far-right

What in-person Rec & P.E. programs and services will be available?
We will be offering limited in-person, onsite programs over the course of the semester. All onsite offerings will follow physical distancing guidelines, including limited equipment sharing. These programs and services include:

  • Group Fitness classes
  • Outdoor, Sports and Lawn Game equipment rentals

Additionally, many of our programs have been transitioned into virtual offerings that can be done remotely:

  • Group Fitness classes
  • Personal Training
  • Water aerobics and dryland workouts
  • Intramural running/walking/biking groups (Strava)
  • Intramural esports (video games and phone app games)
  • Intramural sports trivia & Fantasy Sports
  • Fitness & Wellness wellbeing workshops
  • Outdoor Adventure trainings & workshops
  • Sport Club member trainings & workshops

The following Rec & P.E. in-person programs and services will be postponed until further notice:

  • Group Learn to Swim Classes: Youth and Adult
  • Private Learn to Swim Classes: Youth and Adult
  • Masters Swim
  • Adaptive Swim programming
  • Dive-in Durham 
  • In-person water aerobics courses
  • In-person Intramural sport leagues and tournaments 
  • Outdoor trips 
  • In-person trainings, workshops & clinics
  • In-person Sport Club activity (practices, competitions, meetings)

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Who can enroll in a Rec & P.E. Membership?
Anyone within the Duke community that possesses a valid DukeCard may purchase a Summer Membership. Your DukeCard must be valid and not expired. Please check the expiration date on your card.

I’m a student, do I need to enroll in a Rec & P.E. Membership?
Undergraduate students: You will need to purchase a Summer Membership to access Recreation facilities; unless you are taking an in-person or hybrid Physical Education class. Those taking a PE class will billed through the Bursar.

Graduate students: If you have previously had the recreation fee covered by the school or program please reach out to your respective school to determine if you will need to purchase a Summer Membership.

Can my spouse, domestic partner, or children enroll in a Duke Rec & P.E. Membership?
Anyone within the Duke community that possesses a valid DukeCard may purchase a Summer Membership. Your DukeCard must be valid and not expired. Please check the expiration date on your card.

Yes, each of these groups are eligible to purchase the Digital Library Access to access all of our virtual programming offerings.

Where do I enroll in a Rec & P.E. Membership?
How to purchase a membership:

  1. Visit your MyRec portal.
  2. Log in through the icon on the top right corner.
  3. Click on the Digital Membership icon.
  4. Click on the membership option you would like to purchase.
  5. To add to cart you must click the grey box first, then add to cart.

The Digital Membership does not provide access to recreation facilities and will not allow you to make a facility reservation through the MyRec portal.

Are Rec & P.E. Memberships Prorated?
Yes, the Digital Membership is prorated throughout the semester.

How do I cancel my Rec & P.E. Membership?
Rec & P.E. Memberships have a no cancellation policy. For details visit Refunds & Cancellations Policies page.

How do I renew my Rec & P.E. Membership?
Renewals of previous memberships are not currently available but we encourage you to purchase a Digital Membership by visiting the MyRec portal.

How do I know if my membership is expired?
Log into your MyRec portal account, click Profile on the top right, click Memberships listed on the left. There you will see your most recent membership and can confirm the expiration date.

Who can enroll in a Rec & P.E. Membership?
Rec & P.E. Digital Memberships are available to anyone interested in purchasing that membership.

I have someone visiting me, can they use the recreation centers?
We have suspended the use of guest passes for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Can my dependent who is a college student purchase a Rec & P.E. Membership while home for the summer?
We have suspended the college student membership option for the 2020-2021 academic year. College students will be eligible to purchase the Digital Membership.

I am a Duke alumni, can I still access the Recreation Centers?
We are not able to offer memberships or 5 free visits to Alumni during the 2020-2021 academic year. Alumni are encouraged to take advantage of our Digital Membership offering this year.

What if I have a LIVE FOR LIFE membership?
For all questions regarding a LIVE FOR LIFE membership please reach out to

How much is a Rec & P.E. Membership?
For all questions regarding membership pricing please visit our Membership webpage.

Is parking included in my Rec & P.E. Memberships?
Parking is not included in a Rec & P.E. Membership. For details about parking accessibility, visit our Parking Information page or the Duke Parking & Transportation site directly.

I don’t have a parking permit, how can I park when using the Recreation Centers?
Individuals without a Duke parking permit can request a Night Permit from Duke Parking and Transportation, which allows parking in the lots around the Recreation Centers from 5pm to 7:29am on weekdays, and anytime on the weekends. Visit the Parking and Transportation website for more parking information: