Sumers Recreation Center

The Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center will provide the entire Washington University campus community – students, faculty, staff and alumni – with a place to exercise, play, socialize and find balance.

exterior rendering of Sumers Recreation Center

The Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center

The Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center is a game changer for the Washington University community, providing us the opportunity to re-imagine how recreation and wellness services can engage our students. Scheduled to open on October 29, 2016, the center will add more than 60,000 square feet to the Washington University Athletics Complex.

Outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment that provides an individualized experience, our new recreation headquarters will be an innovative and inclusive facility with services that support and advance the development of the whole person. Programming at the Sumers Recreation Center will promote and encourage healthy lifestyles, physical fitness, emotional and social well-being, leadership, and athletic performance. The fitness center will offer a variety of classes, such as spinning, strength training, yoga and cardo fitness.

The Sumers Recreation Center is also a place to recharge with furnished relaxation space, massage therapy, and a health promotion suite. With dedicated small group seating and lounge areas, the center will serve as a magnet for social connections and community gathering on the WashU campus.

Some of the featured spaces include:

  • Elevated running track
  • Three-court recreational gymnasium
  • Multipurpose studios
  • Spinning studio
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Intramurals offices
  • Wellness suite
  • Team locker rooms
  • Sports medicine suite

How You Can Support This Project

Alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to join in this vitally important effort to create a vibrant living and learning environment at Washington University. Together, your support will help ensure an extraordinary student experience, develop a stronger sense of community and promote healthy lifestyles and fitness.

Sumers Recreation Center Donor Wall

Sumers Recreation Center Naming Opportunities

For more information about the project or how to make a gift, please contact Dave Jolley at (314)935-5051 or

exterior rendering of Sumers Recreation Center

exterior rendering of Sumers Recreation Center

Gary M. Sumers

The expansion and new facilities are made possible in part by a generous commitment from WashU alumnus and trustee Gary M. Sumers.

Gary M. Sumers
Gary M. Sumers

Gary M. Sumers is senior managing director and chief operating officer in the Real Estate Group of New York-based Blackstone Group. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1975 with a double major in history and political science, spending his junior year at the London School of Economics. He later earned a law degree at Northwestern University. He has been an active Washington University alumnus, serving on the Arts & Sciences National Council and the New York City Regional Cabinet, among other volunteer roles.

Sumers is a sustaining charter member of the Danforth Circle Chancellor’s Level and life patron of the William Greenleaf Eliot Society.

Read more from Gary Sumers regarding the Athletics Complex expansion on the Leading Together website.

Construction Details

Construction began May 19, 2014 and is scheduled for completion in August, 2016.

Current spaces and exercise equipment will be accessible although some disruptions will impact visitors at some point during construction. The sidewalk on Big Bend Boulevard between Forsyth Boulevard and Forest Park Parkway will be closed throughout construction.