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The Johnson Center is a state–of–the–art recreation facility that is designed to provide opportunities for open recreation, group fitness classes, and personal training.

The open concept design houses weight training equipment, which includes Olympic platforms, plate-loaded equipment, barbells, and dumbbells, cardio training equipment, group fitness studios, a cycling studio, basketball courts, racquetball/wallyball courts, a four-lane running track, a climbing wall, reservable power racks, lockers, and shower facilities.  

It is a great place to gather‚ make new friends‚ and take a positive step towards lifelong health and fitness habits.


430 Complex Drive

Spring Hours of Operation

Mon-Fri   6:00 am -  12:00 am
Saturday   9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday  11:00 am - 12:00 am



Current University of Kentucky students who are enrolled in regular, on-campus classes, and eligible BCTC students who have paid the recreation fee through the UK e–Store, or who are living in UK undergraduate housing, may use Campus Recreation facilities by presenting their student ID card. Students who are enrolled in the current semester, but who do not pay the Recreation Fee as part of their tuition fees, are eligible to purchase a membership.


Current UK and BCTC employees (Cooper Drive campus only)‚ retirees‚ Donovan Scholars‚ and VA employees are eligible to purchase a Campus Recreation membership.


Spouses of current Campus Recreation members are eligible to purchase memberships.

Campus Recreation memberships provide access to Alumni Gym, Lancaster Aquatic Center, and the Johnson Center. 


Guest Passes


  • Towel service
  • Equipment check-out
  • Daily-use lockers
  • Locker rental


Johnson Center Business Office: 859 257-3928

Johnson Center Control Desk: 859 257-9383

Day-use Lockers

Day-use lockers are located throughout the facility and are available for members and guests for no additional charge. No reservation is necessary; lockers are first come, first serve. 

All items in day-use lockers must be removed at the end of each day. Day-use lockers will be cleaned out at the end of each day. Any items left overnight in day use lockers will be placed in lost-and-found. Campus Recreation is not responsible for items left overnight in day-use lockers. 

Equipment Check-out

The following equipment is available for members while in the Campus Recreation facilities and spaces.

  • Weight belts
  • Barbell Pads
  • Elastic Weight Bands
  • Jump Ropes
  • Racquetball Racquets
  • Racquetballs
  • Badminton Racquets
  • Badminton Shuttlecocks
  • Tennis Racquets
  • Tennis Balls
  • Wallyballs
  • Volleyballs
  • Footballs
  • Indoor & Outdoor Basketballs
  • Soccer Balls
  • Frisbees
  • Bicycle Locks
  • Bicycle Pumps
  • Hair dryers

Equipment can be checked out at the control desk once the member has accessed the facility. All equipment must be returned the same day to the Johnson Center control desk before the facility closes.

Overnight Equipment Reservations

Activity Priority Times

Semester Priority Times:

3pm - 9pm
11:30am - 2pm

Badminton & Pickleball:

Saturdays 9:30am - 3pm
Sundays 2pm - 4:30pm

Summer/Holiday Priority Times:

12pm - 4pm

Badminton & Pickleball:

Sundays 12pm - 4pm

Parking & Bus Service

A pay lot is located on the corner of Complex and Sports Center Drive. 

Check the UK Parking website for rules pertaining to all university parking lots, UK parking permits, and visitor parking. Parking rules are subject to change without notice. The University CATS bus runs along University Drive, which is a short walk to and from the Johnson Center.

For more information on parking and bus routes/times, please visit UK Transportation Services