The Regional Fitness Center (RFC) was built in 1999 as a Joint Powers community non-profit facility to serve four main needs:
1. UMM Students, Staff
2. City of Morris residents
3. Morris Area Schools
4. Stevens County residents.
Funding was arranged through loans from the city, county, and UMM and gifts from the community. Currently, we have a construction loan through 2023. Local survey results showed needs for an indoor pool, track, gym, and fitness activities. UMM students pay a student fee each year to have access to the facility while all other users pay membership/program use fees.
Significant program additions included UMM contributing outdoor recreational equipment to the RFC for rental uses and the addition of Senior Fitness programs for seniors in 2007. Facility additions include Solar Panels in the summer of 2010 to help heat the REC Pool. In addition, in January of 2011 we doubled our Group Fitnes’ weekly class schedule by adding Zumba® & SPIN® classes for a total of over (40) different class options per week.
The RFC supports many local community group and business needs; provides community services through worksite wellness, community garden, and healthy activity maps grants; and hosts community events such as the Health Fair. Currently, the RFC has over 1300 community member users and approximately 1500 UMM student members. Facility uses total almost 100,000 entries per year and our programs serve over 10,000 community users each year including year round group fitness classes, swim lessons, and summer programs for youth.
Current and future needs include adding activity spaces for our classes and programs that currently take up one gym court; expansion needs for the fitness room equipment and parking spaces.
The Regional Fitness Center in Morris, Minnesota is a University of Minnesota, Morris Campus and Community Partnership. The center was formed in 1999 as a non-profit joint powers fitness center serving UMM, the City of Morris, Stevens County, and the Morris Area Schools. Our mission is to offer individuals and families, quality and affordable fitness and wellness opportunities.
Regional Fitness Center
626 East 2nd Street
Morris, MN 56267
Phone: (320) 589-6485
Fax: (320) 589-6477