UW closes some rec buildings due to heat, opens Eagle Heights cooling center

2012-07-05T10:20:00Z 2012-07-05T15:49:04Z UW closes some rec buildings due to heat, opens Eagle Heights cooling centerNICO SAVIDGE | Wisconsin State Journal | nsavidge@madison.com | 608-252-6120 madison.com

UW-Madison announced Tuesday it is closing some of its recreation facilities and opening a cooling center in the Eagle Heights neighborhood in response to the heat wave gripping Madison.

University Health Services recommended officials close any activity spaces that do not have air conditioning until Sunday, according to UW-Madison Communications.

As a result, the Camp Randall Sports Center, known as the Shell, and Nielsen Tennis Stadium are both closed until further notice, officials said.

Other facilities are only partially open.

The Natatorium is entirely closed except for its swimming pool. Meanwhile, the Southeast Recreation Facility is keeping its cardio and weight rooms open, as well as its racquetball court and swimming pool.

To keep residents in the Eagle Heights neighborhood cool, officials said the university is turning its community center into a cooling center. According to a release, hours at the center are "flexible, and at the direction of housing staff."

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