Capital University Students Get Temporary Stay At Water Park
The sign out front says it is a hotel and conference center, but the Fort Rapids Indoor Water Park and Resort will soon become a temporary dormitory for some Capital University students.
"We're trying to make it as fun and as safe and engaging for the students as we can while they're there,” said Nichole Johnson, a Capital University spokeswoman.
Johnson says the situation was caused due to strong enrollment and high demand for living on campus.
"When you look at what your options are, you can either increase the number of beds that you put in each residential space, or you can convert some storage spaces or some student lounges into temporary housing,” she said.
The school says it felt Fort Rapids would be a better option until more beds open.
Capital officials say they typically see about fifty beds become available in the first two to three weeks after classes start.
Until then, about thirty students will be calling the resort home.
"They have suites that are similar to our suite-style living that we offer, and they were willing to step up and help us,” Johnson said of the eastside resort.
The university says it will offer shuttle service between campus and Fort Rapids, so students do not have to worry about making the approximately five mile trip on their own.
"We're also going to have a full-time member of our residential and commuter staff live there while they're there, so it's really going to be the same, to some extent, experience that they would have at a residence hall here on campus,” Johnson said.
Johnson says that students will be finding out in the next week if they are assigned to stay at Fort Rapids.
If a student does not want to stay there, the school says it will work to accommodate that student.
The students will get at least one perk for having to live off campus - free access to the water slides.
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