Just a little over a year after opening a new 98,500 square-foot student recreation center, the University of Kansas is in the process of planning an additional 50,000 square-feet expansion.

ā€œIt is a little extraordinary and exciting that we are already preparing for expansions of existing areas such as gymnasiums, racquetball courts, free weight areas and track,ā€ Mary Chappell, director of recreation services said.

Plans call for doubling the number of gymnasium courts to eight, doubling the size of the free weight area, expanding the current eighth-mile running track to a quarter mile and adding more racquetball courts to the center.

The $6.3 million expansion is needed due to high demand. On a typical day 4,000 students come into the center, and some days the numbers are over 5,000 ā€“ far over capacity in certain areas of the $17 million facility.

Chappell said that if all goes as scheduled, the new expansion could open sometime in 2007.