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Campus Recreation And Unions

The Department of Campus Recreation

The Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)
232 ARC, One Shields Ave, Davis CA 95616
530-752-1730; http://cru.ucdavis.edu

The UC Davis Department of Campus Recreation and Unions manages the following programs and facilities, which serve the campus by creating opportunities to build community, cultivate friendships and enhance learning.

These programs complement the academic mission of the university and enhance the quality of life for the campus.

The following facilities are managed through the Department of Campus Recreation and Unions:

  • Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)
  • Craft Center
  • Equestrian Center
  • Hickey Pool
  • Memorial Union
  • Memorial Union Games Area
  • Outdoor Adventures Center
  • Pavilion
  • Putah Creek Lodge
  • Recreation Fields
  • Recreation Pool
  • UCDHS Student Fitness Center

The following programs are offered through the Department of Campus Recreation and Unions:

Campus Recreation and Unions Memberships, Informal Recreation and Fitness & Wellness Programs

Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)
530-752-1730; http://cru.ucdavis.edu/arc;

The ARC, the region's premier full-service fitness facility, offers a variety of features, such as four indoor basketball courts (convertible to volleyball and badminton), eight four-wall courts, a multi-use activity center (MAC), an indoor track, large fitness/weight areas, and an indoor climbing wall. In addition, the complex includes group exercise, dance and martial arts studios, a student lounge with computer terminals and wireless access points, a large ballroom, a small conferencing center, a full-service Starbucks, and a Pro Shop. Currently enrolled UC Davis students may use the ARC at no additional cost. Programming within the ARC—including group exercise, dance classes, martial arts classes, personal training, rock climbing, and intramural sports—may require an additional fee. UC Davis faculty, staff, alumni, and retirees may enjoy the ARC by purchasing an affordable membership. For more information on the ARC, see http://cru.ucdavis.edu.

Cal Aggie Marching Band

Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)
530-752-6569; http://cru.ucdavis.edu/calaggiemarchingband

The California Aggie Marching Band is a student-run volunteer organization dedicated to providing support for UC Davis and is committed to student development and camaraderie through excellence in musical entertainment and the embodiment of Aggie Pride. Known by many as the “Band Uh!,” the band celebrates campus traditions and entertains participants and spectators at athletic, campus and community events.


Recreation Pool

Corner of La Rue Road and Hutchison Drive
530-752-1730; http://cru.ucdavis.edu/aquatics

Located near the ARC, the Recreation Pool's distinctive shape allows for a wide variety of water activities. The pool includes lap lanes, diving boards, an island, a large grass area for sunbathing and a shallow wading pool. Picnic tables and a barbecue are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Rec Pool also offers swim lessons for all ages. The pool opens for the season in mid-April and closes on the last day in September.

Hickey Pool

Hickey Gymnasium Building courtyard; central campus
530-752-1730; http://cru.ucdavis.edu/aquatics

Hickey Pool is a seven-lane, 33-and-1/3 yard pool with a movable bulkhead previously used as the competitive pool on campus, housing six intercollegiate athletic teams, as well as physical education classes, intramural sports, sport clubs, and University Extension classes. Today, the heated Hickey Pool is available to students and ARC members for lap swimming hours during the year.

Craft Center

South Silo
530-752-1475/1730; http://cru.ucdavis.edu/craftcenter

The Craft Center is an ideal place to channel your creative energy, offering more than 90 affordable and fun classes each quarter. The center's 10 well-equipped studios are available for informal use on a daily or quarterly basis. Workshops and classes are offered each quarter in woodworking, weaving, jewelry making, art and graphics, computer imaging, ceramics, photography, silk-screen printing, welding, leather working, stained glass and other crafts.

Equestrian Programs

Garrod Drive; southwest of Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
530-752-2372: http://cru.ucdavis.edu/equestriancenter

The 25-acre Equestrian Center is open year round, offering horse riding instruction in both English and Western riding. Group lessons are available for beginning through advanced levels, along with training in horse care and stable management. The Equestrian Center sponsors clinics, horse shows, and special events. The center is also home to the UC Davis Equestrian Club.

Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs

Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)

Campus Recreation and Unions' Competitive Sports program provides UC Davis students, faculty and staff the opportunity to participate in a variety of competitive and recreational sports on campus.

The Intramural Sports program offers numerous sports leagues, tournaments, and events throughout the year, including soccer, badminton, softball, flag football, ultimate, and volleyball. The Sport Club program promotes student participation in a wide variety of athletic activities, provides opportunity for student competition at various levels of play, and fosters the development of student leadership. Sport clubs are comprised of students, faculty and staff of the university.

Memorial Union (MU)

Guest Services Desk
530-752-2222; http://cru.ucdavis.edu/memorialunion

The MU Complex is a central gathering place for all UC Davis Students. It houses a variety of student services and activities, including the ASUCD student government offices, Coffee House, CoHo To Go, Corral, Campus Copies, Classical Notes, U.S. Post Office, UC Davis Store, UC Davis Aggie Reuse Store, MUII meeting/conference facilities and AggieCard Office.

Griffin Lounge serves as a comfortable space for studying and getting together with friends. The Art Lounge, on the second floor, provides a comfortable and relaxed space that is popular for studying.

Memorial Union Games Area

Games Area; located below the UC Davis Bookstore
530-752-2580; 530-752-1730; http://cru.ucdavis.edu/gamesarea

The Games Area features bowling lanes, billiards, video game consoles, lounge space and storage lockers. Bowling leagues, classes, clinics and tournaments are offered for all ages from beginning through advanced skill levels. The facility is fully accessible to those with disabilities.

Outdoor Adventures

Located between the Colleges at La Rue Apartments and the Recreation Pool on La Rue and Hutchison Barn; corner of California and Hutchison
530-752-1995; http://cru.ucdavis.edu/outdooradventures

Outdoor Adventures will help you develop your outdoor skills and plan your outdoor excursion. You can rent professional quality equipment and arrange custom-designed trips. An up-to-date library contains topographic maps, trail guides and other materials. Outdoor Adventures offers classes, excursions and clinics for backpacking, rock-climbing, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, mountaineering, cross-country skiing and more. Outdoor Adventurers also offers health care training classes in wilderness first aid, EMT, CPR, and AED and swift water rescue.

The Buzz

530-752-2027; http://studentlife.ucdavis.edu/thebuzz

The campus kicks off the school year on the first Friday of Fall Quarter with The Buzz, a festival filling the entire Quad. Part of Fall Welcome week, The Buzz welcomes new and returning students to campus with a night of live entertainment, games, prizes, free food and campus resources.

UC Davis Stores

530-752-6846; http://ucdavisstores.com

The UC Davis Stores are full-service stores owned and operated by the university. They provide goods and services for the campus community to support the university's academic mission, as well as UC Davis-branded apparel, general merchandise and gifts.

Silo Union

The Silo Union houses food services, meeting/conference facilities, lounges and the campus pub. Students will enjoy favorite programs like Trivia Night. Silo food services include both quick, popular and familiar fast food, such as Taco Bell, Carl's Jr. and Pizza Hut, as well as a large selection of fresh and healthy prepared items, Starbucks Coffee and a custom sandwich line. Located in the South Silo are the ASUCD Experimental College, Craft Center, Graduate Student Association, and the Silo Bookstore serving the School of Law.

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Updated: November 21, 2017 12:17 PM