Exterior photo of Ambler Student Recreation Fitnesss Center building.
Ambler Student Recreation Fitnesss Center

Summer is quite pleasant in Eastern Kansas. Although it can be hot in July, the humidity is lower than in the southern part of the U.S. and everything is air-conditioned.

Constructed in 2003 using student fees approved by the student body of the University of Kansas, the Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center has nearly 100,000 square feet to accommodate every student’s recreational and fitness needs. Highlights include:


  • Gymnasium (six woodcourts)
    • Basketball
    • Volleyball
    • Badminton
  • Multipurpose Courts with Dasher Board System (2 courts)
    • Soccer
    • Floor Hockey
    • Futsal
    • Dodgeball
    • Prisonball
  • Aerobic Fitness/Martial Arts Studios
  • Suspended 3-lane Running/Walking Track
  • Racquetball (4 Courts)
  • 42’ Rock Climbing Wall
  • Golf Simulator
  • 15,000 square foot Free Weight/Cardiovascular Gym Area
  • Outdoor Basketball/Volleyball Courts (2)
  • 51” Plasma TV in Lounge

There is a sailing club, a bike club, and many more interest groups. Clinton Lake, five miles west of campus, is part of a large recreation area which includes a marina, a beach, and a state park.

Lawrence Parks and Recreation has something for everyone. Besides our 52 parks, hike/bike trails system, recreation and aquatic centers, we offer competitive and non-competitive adult sports leagues in a variety of sports including dodgeball and kickball. The department also oversees a disc golf course at Centennial Park and Skate Parks at Deerfield and Centennial Parks, which are free and open to the public. The department offers over 350 activities and programs each season to get people involved.

There are also many community and University cultural activities: theater, film series, band concerts, fairs and festivals. Kansas City is less than one hour's drive away. Last summer research participants, their co-workers, and faculty enjoyed several group picnics, some at Clinton Lake.