Established in 2005, University Park preserves and protects its footprint while allowing UWF faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters to designate funds for park improvements.
Through a matching grant with the Professional Disc Golf Association, community sponsorships and Student Government Association funding, an 18 Hole Disc Golf Course has been completed and is drawing enthusiasts from around the region.
Recreation and Sports Services Outdoor Adventures program has outgrown its former space and has moved into two of the original indoor racquetball courts. At present, the Outdoor Adventure Center houses camping, hiking and back packing equipment in one court and the other functions as an education and training center for Outdoor Clinics and as the Pre-Trip Meeting site for some adventure outings.
An academic field experience or internship is available to students interested in researching, writing and implementing an ADA project grant. Contact Shaun Boren email@example.com or Shelley Trimm firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
In 2004, Dave Scott, Associate Director Recreation and Sports Services (RSS), originated the concept of preserving the area inside the Campus Drive 30MPH curve as University Park .
Nancy Quina, Assistant Director RSS and Melissa Padden, MBA Program Coordinator, both members of the President's Advisory Council, brought the park concept to the President's attention. He was in favor of the idea and advised council members to bring the idea back to him through appropriate university committees.
In the spring of '05, Environmental Conservation and Beautification Committee members Shelley Trimm, Associate Director RSS and Melissa Padden drafted the University Park proposal. ECBC was the first to unanimously approve the proposal.
In July 2005, Dr. Jim Barnett, Associate VP Admin Affairs and co-chair of the Facilities Planning Committee, presented the park proposal to the FPC. Receiving unanimous approval, the proposal was forwarded to the President.
The park dedication was held on Friday, March 31, 2006 in conjunction with the Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening Ceremony for Bldg.72. Master of Ceremonies was Mr. Bill Healey, Executive Director of Student Life. Speakers included Pres. Cavanaugh, ECBC Chairperson, Melissa Padden, and Mr. Healey. The park dedication monument was unveiled by Cavanaugh and Padden.