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Z-Center, Sailing On New Summer Hours

By Emily M. Craparo

MIT’s athletic facilities have switched to reduced summer hours as of June 10.

Notable among the changes are a reduction in the operational hours of the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center and a reduction in the days of operation of the MIT Sailing Pavilion.

The Z-Center currently operates from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. On Sept. 2 it will resume regular session hours of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Daniel Martin, an assistant head of the department of athletics, does not see the reduction of hours as hindering MIT community’s use of the athletic facilities.

“Less people are here [in the summer], and people have greater flexibility in their schedules,” Martin said. “In fourteen hours, you should be able to make it in here.”

“People should be able to make this a priority,” Martin said.

Tim Moore, the Z-Center general manager, said in an e-mail that “the summer hours of the Zesiger Center and DAPER [the athletics department] facilities actually reflect an expansion in hours over last summer. The decision to change summer hours was made ... based on use patterns and requests over the past several years.”

Surveys are still being conducted on use patterns of the Z-Center. Statistics are being collected for each half-hour block of operation in an effort to determine peak loads, Martin said.

Sailing closed on Monday

The MIT Sailing Pavilion has also reduced its hours of operation for the summer.

The pavilion is currently closed on Mondays and is open from noon to sunset on Tuesday and Thursday, 3 p.m. to sunset on Wednesday and Friday. On weekends it is open from 10 a.m. to sunset. It is also open until midnight on every full moon.

On Sept. 6 the pavilion will increase its weekday hours to 4 p.m. through sunset on Monday, and noon through sunset Tuesday through Friday. Weekend hours will remain unchanged.

“I don’t see it was seriously affecting access to getting on the water,” said Sailing Master Francis E. Charles Jr. “We did it in such a way that it’s an absolute minimal effect.”

“Most of our users come down after work,” Charles said.

Daniel Martin agreed, noting that most people sail on weekends and that Monday is typically a low-traffic day.

Fees same despite reduced hours

Although the athletic facilities are open for fewer hours during the summer, membership fees for non-student affiliates remain unchanged.

The fee, Martin says, is still “way below market.”

“We don’t take it lightly when we look at fees,” Martin said. Martin also said the department does not anticipate an increase in fees in the coming year.