Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center

The Joseph L. Alioto Recreation center is a key component of the campus, striving to create an inclusive environment that engages all students. All SMC students who are currently enrolled in class have access to the facility, and it only takes a few minutes to register- Simply visit the front desk to learn more!

As of Oct 9th, 2020, The Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center allows on-campus resident students to use the facility indoors while maintaining the 10% capacity limit.  The following is available for on-campus resident students with proper registration and check-in. See our COVID-19 Related protocol here.

  • Cardio Equipment
  • Weight Equipment
  • Lap Swimming
  • Fitness Classes
  • 1 x 1 Badminton, Pickleball and Table Tennis
  • 1 person shooting on a basketball hoop (no sharing of the ball and no pick-up games allowed)

Students and Employees entering the facility will be asked to be prepared to show the “Safe” checkmark via the Daily Health Screening, check-in with the Campus Rec App and use hand sanitizer upon entering and throughout their visit.  They are expected to follow all Joseph L. Alioto policies and the Campus-Wide Health & Safety Protocols

Visit our Calendar for updates on Hours of Operation. Special Hours Oct 9th open: 12:00pm - 7:00pm

Starting Monday, Oct 12th: Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 9:00pm, pool open 2:00-7:00pm & Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm, pool open 2:00-5:00pm


August 22, 2020 | Updated Message to our Members

In compliance with the health order from Contra Costa County Health Services and approval from College Leadership, the following services are available for on-campus resident students.

As of August 24, 2020

Scheduled Academic Classes in the Group X, Double Gym and Single Gym which have been approved by the College.

As of August 31, 2020 and upon the completion of their 2nd negative COVID-19 test.

Recreational activities for on-campus students with proper registration and check-in. 

  • Lap Swimming
  • Outdoor Fitness Classes

Please review our COVID-19 Related Protocol before your visit to the Rec Center



July 31, 2020

The Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center will re-open when county health services allow and with cleaning protocols in place to ensure the safest environment for our community. Facilities Services (Able Services) will provide daily cleaning and disinfection as scheduled.  Campus Recreation Staff will disinfect all equipment and open spaces several times a day. Additional hand sanitizer stations will be available for members. Members will also be expected to clean all touchpoints on equipment prior to and after each use.


June 12, 2020 | Updated Message to our Members

Campus Recreation is committed to the safety and well being of our community. With recent decisions regarding opening up gyms and swimming pools that adhere to the guidelines mapped out by the State of California/Contra Costa Department of Health, we wanted to share with you that the reopening of the Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center will rely upon our readiness as a College to support the resources and protocols for a healthy and safe campus.  Read our Message here.


shared responsibility

May 7, 2020

Message to our Members

In response to the college's communiation about looking ahead to re-open services on campus, Campus Recreation has mapped out several different plans to welcome you back to the Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center.  We continue to look at the best public health practices and take into account the anticipated need for continues social distancing guidelines as well as cleaning and disinfecting recommendations.  Read more here.



rec movement

University recreation center directors, students, and instructors from 75+ participating colleges and universities across the country are sharing a variety of live and prerecorded workout classes.  Classes include yoga, boxing, cardio, HIIT, conditioning, and more and are recorded and streamed using the TikTok video sharing platform.

2020 Nationwide Recreation Movement

The 2020 Recreation Movement helps the community of students, alumni, university staff and faculty remain positive and healthy. Staying active together, even when we’re apart.


March 16, 2020 5:00pm

COVID-19 Update:

The Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center will be closed March 16th at 6:00pm until further notice.

If you have a question about the following services, please reach out to us.

General facility questions, fitness classes & pool

Rachel Mauldin - 

Facility reservations

Jay Callis - 

Intramural leagues & Club Sports

Phil Detonnancourt -


Responding To The Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Saint Mary College is currently communicating with the Contra Costa County Public Health Department and following CDC recommendations related to responding to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).   

As we continue to track the progression of COVID-19 in the Bay Area, the Incident Management Team is reviewing public health issues and related policy that impacts the campus community.   Please visit Public Safety website for more information.


Personal Training has been suspended at this time

Click here to view more information.


Incoming SMC Students

Follow the steps for registration here.

Don't wait until you arrive to campus. Use your SMC credentials to log in.

Under the age of 18?

Make sure to have your parent or guardian sign your paper waiver and send to Rachel:


SMC Faculty & Staff Memberships

Due to Closure

Membership fees through 3/15/20 will be captured out of the 3/20/20 paycheck and as of 3/16/20 all membership fees will be suspended until the facility reopens.

Current SMC Faculty and Staff have the opportunity to opt into a payroll deduction for a membership to the Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center for $20/month ($10 per pay period). Visit Human Resources office with this form and fill out your facility waiver here. SMC ID card required to enter the facility.  

SMC Volunteers & Adjunct Faculty must aquire authorization code from HR in order to purchase though online portal.


Affiliate Memberships 

Due to Closure

All Affiliate memberships that were active on March 14th will remain frozen. 

The expiration date to your membership will extend to include the days in which we are closed. 


Recreation Services

  • 60,000-square-foot recreation facility
  • 13,800-square-foot fitness area with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Double gymnasium and single gymnasium (basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer and badminton)
  • Functional Training room
  • Group exercise room
  • Spin room
  • Swimming pool
  • Hydrotherapy spa
  • Day-use locker room (designated locker rooms for staff and faculty)
  • Climbing wall
  • Central location of club sports and intramural sports

Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center Policies & Procedures

Email us if you have any questions:

The recreation center that gives Saint Mary's College students a place to exercise and hang out has opened its doors (READ MORE). A pool, climbing wall, three indoor courts for basketball, soccer and volleyball, a fitness center, and rooms for yoga, dance and spinning classes the new recreation center has plenty to offer for its college community. From providing more than 150 on-campus student jobsto a myriad of ways to exercise and gather, the Center has something for everyone.

NOTICE: Aquatic area policies have been updated.  All facility policies can be found here. Swim attire policies will be strictly enforced and all samples of approved attire can be found here. 

Facility Rentals: If you are interested in renting a part of the facility, please fill out this form.