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Mission Statement
Recreational Services within the Division of Student Affairs promotes healthy lifestyles through exceptional recreational programs, services and facilities.

Vision Statement
Recreational Services will be the leader in recreational programs among urban universities serving a diverse student body.

Recreational Services was formed in 1973 with the task of developing recreational programs and overseeing the operations of the newly built Physical Education Building – what is now called the Sports Arena. The building shared offices and program space with the Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance academic departments and the Athletic Department. Outdoor intramural sports were hosted at Piedmont Park until the State of Georgia offered property at Panthersville in the late 1970’s. Frank B. Jernigan served as the department’s first Director of Recreational Services.

The Indian Creek Recreation Area was purchased by the university in 1938. Recreational Services took responsibility for the swimming pool in 1974 and for the rest of the 15.5 acres, including the tennis courts and Indian Creek Lodge in 1991. The first Challenge Program ropes course was added in 1985. A new ropes course and outpost was built in 2014.

In the spring of 1994, former University President Carl V. Patton appointed a task force to investigate the feasibility of building a dedicated recreation center at Georgia State University. The faculty, students and staff members of the task force spent the spring and summer soliciting information from other universities about the impact, magnitude, costs and contents of such centers. The group focused on urban university comparisons. They collected floor plans, photos, statistics and fee information. The combination of their hard work and dedication played a significant role in planning this facility and establishing its policies. Student employees serve in a variety of capacities. A full-time professional staff supervises the Student Recreation Center’s daily activities and administers a variety of non-credit instructional programs.

Dailly Events

all-day Instructional Canoeing & Kayakin...
Instructional Canoeing & Kayakin...
Apr 30 all-day
These trips are designed to show local scenic beauty while learning about paddling. Canoe down an easy flowing and splashy “metro – hooch” section of the Chattahoochee River or paddle along a local lakes No… more »
all-day Along the River Trail
Along the River Trail
May 1 all-day
Hike along our state’s majestic wild and scenic river. See kayakers in the river rapids and explore the unique rocks that make the gorge. Rob Eidson Rating: moderate, 8 miles $8/$10/$14
all-day Whitewater 4 – day Canoe School
Whitewater 4 – day Canoe School
Jun 2 – Jun 5 all-day
This course is the most comprehensive, most constructive and most memorable whitewater canoeing around. Absolutely NO prior experience necessary. Canoeing and camping equipment is not provided due to regulations, but may be rented for the… more »


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    A great view from the indoor track this morning! #GSU #SRC @ Georgia State University Student…

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    RT @GeorgiaStateU: .@GSU_Housing took the first tour of our newest residence hall, Piedmont Central! More pics on FB #GeorgiaState #GSU htt…

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    Good Morning Panthers!

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    Calling all 2016 Seniors to enjoy an evening of food and fun. The Senior Pinic is 4/28 from 6-9 p.m. at Hurt Park!

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    We hope you knock your finals out of the park! Good luck #Panthers! #gsu @ Georgia State…

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    Have you renewed your locker for the summer yet? Renew your locker by May 3!

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