Renovated Rec Center, new Locke Terrace dedicated

R.I. House Speaker Gordon Fox, left foreground, Governor Lincoln Chafee, RIC President Nancy Carriuolo and Kyla Pecchia, president of Student Community Government, at the dedication.

R.I. House Speaker Gordon Fox, left foreground, Governor Lincoln Chafee, RIC President Nancy Carriuolo and Kyla Pecchia, president of Student Community Government, at the dedication.
Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo, Governor Lincoln Chafee, Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox and other state dignitaries were on hand to dedicate the college’s new Recreation Center on Sept. 10. Also dedicated was the Dr. Ivy Denise Locke Memorial Terrace.

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Don Tencher
The center underwent an extensive $12 million upgrade over the past 16 months and is now a state-of-the-art complex for students to utilize.

Chafee described the Recreation Center as “a terrific addition to the already good facilities here at RIC.”

Don Tencher, director of athletics, intramurals and recreation, lauded RIC students for their part in making the center a reality. He noted that students helped lead the original effort to get the project started, had input into the facility’s design and funded the project though student fees.

Kyla Pecchia, president of RIC’s Student Community Government, said, “I speak on behalf of the students when I say we are very proud of our new building.”

The revitalized Recreation Center features a brand new two-story fitness center as a centerpiece among the many upgrades and additions to the building. There is also a completely renovated L-shaped pool area, a multi-purpose studio, 10 fully equipped locker rooms, a Wi-Fi lounge with big screen televisions and a completely renovated and resurfaced 32,000 square foot field house.


RIC President Nancy Carriuolo speaks at the Recreation Center dedication.
Additionally, an extensive wing to support intercollegiate athletics was added, which includes a wrestling facility, sports medicine area, multi-media room, coaches’ offices and varsity training facilities.

The façade of the building includes a clock tower that will serve as a beacon for the college’s newly transformed East Campus. The tower contains a reception space to support athletic fundraising and development initiatives.

The new Dr. Ivy Denise Locke Terrace, located just outside the pool area, was named in honor of the college’s former vice president of administration and finance who died in 2010. The terrace includes umbrella tables and lounge chairs, and is surrounded by shrubbery.


Ivy Denise Locke Memorial Terrace ribbon cutting.
RIC President Nancy Carriuolo said of Locke: “Ivy had many friends and counted among them the entire campus community. Ivy was also very creative; she always had a vision for what might be.”

One of those visions was a poolside terrace. Locke had long been a proponent of the terrace, a place of relaxation in an outdoor setting that adjoins the indoor pool.

Construction for the terrace was made possible in part by the financial support of Locke’s family, many of whom attended the dedication. Her parents, brother and several other relatives participated in a ribbon cutting at the terrace entrance – and celebrated a vision that became a reality.

For more information about the services and programs offered at the Recreation Center, call (401) 456-8400 or visit www.goanchormen.com.