Hot Summer Deals with Duke Recreation

A pool party in June and more show appreciation for returning and potential members

The Central Campus Pool is open to members of Duke Recreation & Physical Education.
The Central Campus Pool is open to members of Duke Recreation & Physical Education.

Linhua Song became a member of Duke Recreation & Physical Education in 2006 after the gym she had been going to closed. More than a decade later, she’s glad she did.

Song, a lab research analyst with Duke’s Pulmonary Medicine Division, often walks from her office near the hospital to either Brodie or Wilson Recreation three times a week for lunchtime yoga classes.

“I go as much as possible,” Song said. “It just improves my balance.”

Members of Duke Recreation & Physical Education take part in a group fitness class.With annual memberships, like Song’s, ending on June 30, Duke Recreation & Physical Education is unveiling a handful of promotions this summer aimed at potential and existing members.

“We want to our members to know we appreciate them,” said Duke Recreation & Physical Education Coordinator of Member Services Claire Smith.

Here’s a look at what’s happening.

“This is a way to show that we value our members,” Smith said. “Many of them tell people about us. If they do, here’s breakfast on us.”


  • On Saturday, June 9, Duke Recreation & Physical Education will host a free pool party at the Central Campus Outdoor Pool. The event is open to Duke community members who are members and non-members of Duke Recreation & Physical Education. Community members with a valid DukeID card and their guests are welcome to visit between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. and enjoy the pool, which is regularly open only to Duke Recreation & Physical Education members. There will be a DJ and food from 12:30-2 p.m.

While Duke Recreation & Physical Education members have access to the pool, pool-only memberships that cover the entire season, which runs from April 16-September 29, are available for $132 as an individual and $265 for a family.

“The goal for this event is to promote the awareness of the pool,” Smith said. “It’s outside, it’s on central campus. It’s great.”