Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Open Recreation

Open Recreation is a formal program scheduled in activity spaces that is to be used by our members on a drop-in basis. Use will be on a first come first serve basis that is also inclusive of other drop-in participants. A single person or group of people cannot monopolize the designated open recreation space that would prohibit other drop-in users from participating. In addition, no formal coaching/instruction or structured competition is permitted during designated open recreation times. 

Daily opportunities for open recreation are listed in the open recreation schedule posted to the right. This schedule provides the location and time for various activities including badminton, basketball, tennis, open climbing and more.

The show schedule button at the extreme bottom left of all Rec Sports webpages opens the schedule for the current day in all Recreational Sports facilities. The times, locations and types of open recreation available at each facility are posted in this area. This schedule is updated for the new day at midnight each day.


The RPAC offers a wide variety of open recreation opportunities, including drop-in badminton, squash, racquetball, basketball and volleyball. Members can make reservations for one of the 10 racquetball courts or five squash courts, through our online portal by clicking here. You must log in by clicking the red button and putting in your university credentials if you are a student or faculty/staff. Other members can create an online account to manage their reservations. Members are limited to one reservation per day.


The ARC features a wide variety of open recreation opportunities such as drop-in basketball, volleyball and drop-in soccer on the turf field. 


The RPAC Aquatic Center was built with the leisure swimmer in mind. Lap swimming is available for members any time the facility is open. Lap swimming in the competitive pool is available on a limited basis. View the latest open recreation hours in the aquatic center schedule. 

Outdoor Running Routes

There are six different jogging trails around campus ranging from just under 1 mile to 4.6 miles. View maps of these trails.

Outdoor Cycling Trails

The Columbus Department of Parks and Recreation offers paved outdoor cycling trails connecting Worthington, Clintonville, The Ohio State University, Harrison West, and Downtown Columbus. This 10-foot-wide pathway includes two bridges crossing the Olentangy River. The 1.2 mile path around Antrim Lake is popular with walkers and joggers. The following links provide more information about choosing a bike path.
     1. The Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks: Information about Olentangy River Greenway and
        construction notices
     2. Map My Ride: Estimate mileage of rides
     3. Bikely and Rails to Trails: Additional trails and maps