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MIT Recreation launches new website

New responsive design provides MIT community with easier access to popular MIT Recreation resources.
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Homepage of the newly designed MIT Recreation website
Homepage of the newly designed MIT Recreation website

Health and wellness at MIT just got a little bit easier with the launch of MIT Recreation’s redesigned website. The website includes a sleek, responsive design and key features that provide quick access to popular resources such as the Aquatics Schedule and Facility Hours, both displayed on the homepage. A dynamic Group Exercise Schedule allows users to easily view classes, instructors, and descriptions while the Instructional Programs Filter places all classes in one catalogue grouped by age (adult and youth) and class type (American Red Cross, aquatics, fitness, ice skating, and squash).

Created to enhance the user experience, the new website design also highlights improved navigation and functionality. Memberships, programs, and other department information are organized in five categories: join, workout, wellness, visit, and learn. Anyone who is ready to get moving can find their favorite activities under the workout tab just as easily as anyone looking to drop-in and explore facilities can find more information under the visit tab. Another navigation change that may take some getting used to is the new breakdown of programs. For example, all private lessons such as swim lessons, personal training, squash, and golf can be found on one page instead of existing on separate landing pages. This makes working out at MIT Recreation as simple as choosing how you want to be active (instructional programs, private lessons, group exercise, open recreation or youth programs) and scrolling down each page to the desired activity.  

Perhaps the most exciting addition to the new MIT Recreation website is the health and wellness blog. Users will benefit from a wide range of topics that not only span aquatics and fitness, but also dive into stress-management and what the department calls “RecSperience.” As a unique service for the MIT community, the Department of Recreation connects with members and guests who consistency demonstrate the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle, and RecSperience is a way for those stories to be shared to inspire others. MIT Recreation plans to explore creative ways to serve the community with this new platform, counting on key contributions from their team of recreation professionals and community of students, members, and guests.

Overall, there has been a positive response since the site went live, proving that the seven-month redesign project has paid off with the ultimate goal of seamlessly providing detailed and accurate information in a way that is both visually appealing and user-friendly. The site is optimized for multiple browsers, mobile devices and tablets. To explore more details, visit

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