I’m writing in response to your Tuesday, Sept. 3 story, misleadingly headlined “Rec facilities not up to state code.”

Despite the Herald’s headline, it is very important to point out that all Division of Recreational Sports facilities operate safely and fully in accordance with state building codes.

As your story correctly notes, the Division of Recreational Sports has embarked on creating an updated master plan scheduled to be completed in Fall 2013 to present to the campus and students.  

There are many reasons to investigate a new master plan including space shortages, outdated and aging facilities and the desire by students to improve recreational facilities on the campus.  We know we have work to do in order to provide University of Wisconsin students with a first-class recreational experience.

We look forward to sharing more information with students as our project develops. Please email Ian Malmstadt at[email protected] to learn more about how you can contribute to building a better future for UW. 

John Horn is the director of Rec Sports.