Indiana University Health’s new regional academic health center is set to open in 2020, but some residents are concerned the new facility could displace a running course used by both students and the Bloomington community.
Kate Rosenbarger has been running on Indiana University’s cross-country course since she was in high school.
“It’s a weird thing to say that it’s changed my life, but I came to IU, and I’ve loved this for over 20 years,” she says.
She fears IU Health’s new hospital will impact her and other runners’ ability to use the course.
IU Health broke ground on the hospital last month. It sits along State Road 45/46 on the site of the former IU driving range. The 700,000 square-foot facility was first announced in 2015.
Rosenbarger says she and other runners have reached out to representatives from IU Health several times since 2016, but she says they’ve received little to no information on the future of the course.
“We’ve been getting the runaround on this for over a year, and if we’d been brought into this planning process earlier, maybe something different could have happened,” she says.
Some local runners created a “Friends of the IU Cross Country Course” Facebook page which currently has more than 1,000 members.
In a statement, Senior Associate Athletic Director Jeremy Gray said IU Athletics is still working out the details, but the university plans to keep parts of the old cross country course and incorporate land the university already owns.
Correction: The original post said 700 square-foot facility. It’s been corrected to say 700,000 square-foot facility.