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Health & Fitness


KU employees have access to a number of indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, including two fitness facilities, outdoor tennis and volleyball courts, intramural fields, and a challenge obstacle course. Robinson Center is free for KU employees with your KU Card, and offers a swimming pool, basketball courts, fitness equipment, and more. For a low monthly fee, KU employees can join the Ambler Student Recreation & Fitness Center, which includes fitness equipment, basketball, volleyball, racquetball/squash and soccer courts, a climbing wall, equipment rental, indoor track, and other amenities.

Lawrence has a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities for all ages and lifestyles. The city has 54 parks, three public pools, and four public and private golf courses. Numerous city-owned recreation facilities provide access to indoor courts and outdoor playing fields for a variety of sports. Lawrence Parks and Recreation also offers programs and classes, from “Archery” to “Zumba.” Seventy miles of walking/biking trails encircle and run through the city.

In 2014, the City of Lawrence completed the 181,000 square-foot Sports Pavilion Lawrence at KU’s Rock Chalk Park athletic facility. The Sports Pavilion features a cardio/weight area, indoor space for basketball, volleyball and soccer, a 1/8-mile indoor track, and outdoor lighted tennis courts.


Although it primarily serves KU students, Watkins Health Services offers an on-campus Immediate Care Clinic for faculty and staff. Services available to KU employees include immunizations (e.g., flu shots, international travel), laboratory tests and radiology, massage therapy, pharmacy, and physical therapy. The clinic is not intended to provide primary care services on an ongoing basis to faculty and staff.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital is a non-profit, community-owned hospital serving Lawrence and the extended community with patient care locations throughout Douglas County. LMH has been recognized as a Top 100 U.S. hospital.

Youth Activities

Kids will find plenty of opportunities for competitive sports at every level in Lawrence from private, public, and non-profit organizations. Key providers include Lawrence Parks and Recreation, Kaw Valley Soccer Association, Lawrence Youth Football, Douglas County Amateur Baseball Association (LPRD) and Lawrence Girls Fast-Pitch Association (LPRD). | | |

Area Lakes

Two large lakes provide boating, swimming, camping and other activities near Lawrence. Clinton Lake is just five minutes southwest of Lawrence and covers 35 square miles. Perry Lake, covering 11,150 acres, is located 25 miles northwest of Lawrence.

Clinton | Perry