YC to Build Fitness Center
York College announced plans this week for construction of a new 3,000 square-foot weight training and fitness facility, named in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Wayne Baker. A September start date has been set for this extension to the Holthus Field House. It will serve as the new home for the college’s fitness and athletic training needs. The project was made possible by several gifts honoring former president and current chancellor, Dr. Wayne Baker, and his wife, Darlene. Dr. Baker served as York College president from 1996 to 2009.
When asked about plans for the new facility and the contributions that made it possible, Dr. Baker said, “Darlene and I are honored by the significant financial gifts that have made this facility a reality. The Center will focus on the needs of students and their good health for generations to come. It will provide the opportunity for them to excel in meeting their academic, social and spiritual goals as they keep their bodies fit as God intended. We are excited for them.”
A focal point for the facility will be enhanced training options for York College Athletics. York College Athletic Director, Jared Stark said, “We are ecstatic about the chance to move our weight facilities to the new location in the Baker Training Facility. This will be an important step for our athletic programs as they continue to develop in their competitiveness both in our conference and nationally. This facility's permanence, convenience and attractiveness will boost our entire institution.”
It is projected that the college will open the new facility during the spring 2011 semester. The Baker Training Facility replaces the space vacated for use by the new Student Success Center in Middlebrook Hall.