To give new life or freshness; refresh; to take recreation

To create again, especially: to form anew in the imagination

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There are many ways to stay connected, active, mindful and recreate during hybrid learning and working:

Cornell Recreational Services offers a wide variety of fitness, wellness, sports and open recreation activities for Cornell students, staff, faculty, retirees and their spouses/partners. Through our broad-based programs, we try to promote a healthy and holistic lifestyle throughout the campus community.

Recreational Services encompasses the Cornell Fitness CentersHelen Newman Bowling CenterHelen Newman Hall Recreation CenterIntramural SportsNoyes Community Recreation Center, and the Cornell University Wellness Program. Visit our Hours & Facilities page for more specific information on what we offer inside each facility and when we're open.

Be sure to check out all of the other possibilities available to get out, get moving and have fun!

Recreation Special Events

All Big Red Rec Special Events

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*NEW* Stay Active - Family Weekend 2021


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Free Recreation at Cornell

Your Cornell ID card is your ticket to free recreation on campus!

  • Open lap swimming at Helen Newman and Teagle*
  • Sand volleyball between Clara Dickson and Balch Hall (seasonal)
  • Tennis at Risley (seasonal)
  • Take a free PE class*
  • Hike the Botanic Gardens trails

*note: this offering free to students only; all others need membership.

General equipment is available to check out.