Rec & P.E. Reopening

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Per the adjustments to student fees for the 2020-2021 academic year, along with Governor Cooper’s extension of Phase II through September 11, our reopening plans for the fall semester have been significantly impacted. 

We have outlined the shifts in our reopening below to the best of our ability. Please remember everything is extremely fluid considering the ever-changing nature of COVID-19. We appreciate your patience and understanding that all plans are subject to change per national, state, local and University guidelines. We continue to communicate and work with university and health officials to help ensure a safe on-campus environment. The health and wellbeing of our campus community remain a top priority. 

    Hours of Operation

    Wilson Recreation Center is now tentatively scheduled to reopen Monday, September 14. Brodie Recreation Center will remain closed until further notice. Additional facility and space information can be found on our COVID-19 FAQ.

    Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion and Red Mango Cafe will be available on a limited basis beginning Monday, August 17. The Outdoor Adventures Rental Center will have hours starting Thursday, August 13. Hours of Operation are as follows and are subject to change following state and University guidelines:

    Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion
    • Mondays - Fridays | 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Red Mango Cafe

    Coming Soon!

    Outdoor Adventures Rental Center
    • Mondays | 8:30am-10:00am and 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • Thursday | 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • Fridays | 8:30am-10:00am

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    Facility Access Procedures

    Entry by participants will vary depending on the facility and purpose. View each section below for details on access to Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion, Red Mango Cafe, Outdoor Adventures Rental Center and P.E. classes.

    Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion
    • Entrance to the Aquatics Facility has been moved to the Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion Hall of Fame Entrance. To access the building you will need to take the hill between the Wilson Recreation Center and Cameron Indoor Stadium to the Hall of Fame Entrance.Occupancy for Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion will be closely monitored by swiping or tapping your Duke ID or Duke Mobile Card. This applies to everyone (including Staff) that enters and exits the building.
    • Entry by participants will be managed by a Facility Access Reservation (FAR) system through MyRec Web Portal. FAR will set a limited number of participants to enter the facility for 60 minutes. Each FAR will end at the 60 minute mark regardless of the time when the participant actually entered the facility. Learn how to complete your Facility Access Reservation on MyRec here.
    • All members will be responsible for always completing the FAR and REDCap for entry.
    • Members are responsible for showing up or cancelling their scheduled appointment within 2 hours of their reserved time.
    Red Mango Cafe

    Coming Soon!

    Outdoor Adventures Rental Center
    • Equipment must be reserved online at least three (3) business days in advance. You will receive your equipment at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center, located behind Card Gym. You must complete the Duke Symptom Monitoring Survey through REDCap and be cleared to access campus before your pick-up. 
      *In order to limit the number of people picking up or returning at one time, please be sure to arrive during your designated time slot.
    • On the date indicated in your confirmation email, you can return your equipment at the Outdoor Adventures Center, located behind Card Gym. You must complete the Duke Symptom Monitoring Survey through REDCap and be cleared to access campus before your return. 
      *Please be sure to thoroughly clean and dry equipment before returning.
    • More details regarding Equipment Rental requests and processes can be found here.
    Physical Education Classes

    Coming Soon!

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    COVID-19 Guidelines

    Duke Recreation and Physical Education Guidelines
    • Face coverings are required in the facility at all times.
    • Do not visit Wilson Recreation Center or Taishoff if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat (secondary symptom). 
    • Abide by all physical distancing guidelines by keeping 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.
    • Do not attempt to use closed spaces or equipment marked “out of order.” 
    • Thoroughly wipe down equipment before and after use with disinfectant materials provided and discard trash in the designated waste receptacles. 
    • Adhere to all guidelines and instructions provided by Recreation and Physical Education and its employees.
    • All fitness equipment must remain in place and should not be moved.  
    • Members are encouraged to bring their own towel and/or yoga mat.
    • You assume all risk and liability for your health and well-being by physically attending Wilson Recreation and Taishoff despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • The hours of operation for Wilson Recreation Center and Taishoff will include pauses for cleaning and disinfecting. Please see the hours of operation.
    Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion Guidelines
    • Swimmers must bring their equipment. However, life jackets will be available.
    • Swimmers should change clothes and shower at home. Locker room showers will remain offline.

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      Welcome Week | August 10-16

      As we finalize details for the fall semester, Duke Rec & P.E. is excited to announce Welcome Week opportunities available August 10-16 to individuals with a valid Duke ID:


      The Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion will be open Monday August 10, 2020 – Friday August 14, 2020 from 10:00am-2:00pm. There will be 8 spots available and the pool will be open on a first come first serve basis in order to recognize social distancing practices, cleaning procedures, and the safety and wellbeing of all staff and patrons.

      Anyone who wishes to utilize the Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion during Welcome Week will follow the below guidelines:

      • Entrance to the Aquatics Facility has been moved to the Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion Hall of Fame Entrance. To access the building you will need to take the hill between the Wilson Recreation Center and Cameron Indoor Stadium to the Hall of Fame Entrance.
      • All patrons visiting the Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion must provide a Duke Issued ID
      • All patrons visiting the Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion must provide proof they have completed their daily symptom monitoring and received a pass to be on campus
      • All patrons visiting the Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion must sign a waiver before entrance will be allowed.
      • All patrons are required to wear a mask or proper face covering in the facility up until they enter the water. All patrons will also agree to put their mask or face covering back on after they exit the facility
      • There is no access to the locker rooms, however there is bathroom access as needed.
      • Due to COvid-19 policies and procedures Duke Recreation: Aquatics will not provide any equipment (ex. Kickboards, pull buoys, etc.) however you are welcome to bring your own
      Fitness & Wellness

      In-person classes will be available at the following times:

      • Monday, Thursday | 6:00pm | K-Ville
      • Tuesday | 6:00pm | East Campus Tennis Courts
      • Saturday | 10:00am | K-Ville

      These classes are all dependent on the weather and our maximum capacity is 15 participants. Access to an in-person class will be on a first come, first serve basis. You will be required to show your Duke ID and fill out a waiver, and we ask that you bring your own utensil to sign the waiver in order to keep the process as safe as possible. Because of the waiver, we ask that you arrive early. You are also encouraged to bring your own yoga mat, although we will have mats available for you to use as well as cleaning supplies.

      When you arrive at K-Ville or the East Campus Tennis Courts for class please approach the person with the clipboard in order to get your waiver, that is how we will count the first 15 participants. You must be present to get your waiver in order to attend, holding spots for others is not allowed. 

      In addition to your Duke ID and writing utensil, please bring water, a mask, and yoga mat if you’d like. You will not be able to access the Recreation facilities for any reason. Keep in mind social distancing and please wear your mask prior to class. When class starts you are allowed to remove your mask as long as you stay socially distanced from others. If you plan on wearing your mask during class we recommend that you bring a back up with you to wear when leaving as it will get wet from sweat and the humidity, making it harder to breath in.


      Virtual classes will be available at Zoom ID 550-015-5867 at the following times:

      • Monday-Friday | 5:15pm and 7:00pm
      • Saturday | 12:00pm
      • Sunday | 11:00am and 5:00pm

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      For More Information

      Future updates will be provided on this webpage, incorporated into the Duke Keep Learning webpage, as well as directly sent to Rec & P.E. member and participant listservs. You may find our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page helpful as well.

      If you have specific questions, concerns, or comments please do not hesitate to reach out to the following mailboxes:

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