CU-Boulder’s student hub goes family friendly for summer

UMC Connection summer hours

Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Saturday: 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Sunday: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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With fewer University of Colorado students on campus during the summer, the University Memorial Center transforms from a hub for student life to a family-friendly hangout for the Boulder community.

CU junior Zach Nager has worked at the UMC Connection for two years and he said the summer months give locals a chance to take over Boulder’s only bowling alley.

“It’s more relaxed and more comfortable, not as busy,” Nager said. “It’s more family-oriented and more laid back and not as much geared toward students.”

Nager said The Connection — which houses a bowling alley, pool tables and arcade games — fills with high school students and babysitters with groups of kids in the warm months. In the evenings, remaining CU students and local families take over the lanes, he said.

The Connection typically loses money during the summer, Nager said, but the recent rain has given the facility a good start.

“It’s definitely been more people so far,” Nager said. “A bunch of people had birthday parties planned outside … had a last minute change to come inside. We’ve booked several parties in the last two weeks.”

But it’s not just The Connection that’s adjusting to summer.

Carols Garcia, director of the UMC, said the center continues to support students who are taking summer classes, but allows more room for locals to enjoy the campus hub.

“Students taking classes spend more hours, per day, in the classroom in the short summer term,” Garcia said. “So, it makes sense that they’re more focused on studying at the UMC during the day than taking time for a social break.

“The UMC also sees many non-student visitors in the summer with conferences, weddings and parents of incoming first-year students during new student orientation.”

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