Indian Creek Lodge
The Department of Recreational Services’ mission to promote healthy lifestyles through exceptional recreational programs, services and facilities is exemplified by the construction of the new Indian Creek Recreation Lodge that officially opened its doors to the Georgia State University community in April 2014. Nestled among the 15.5-acre recreation area in Stone Mountain, GA, the 4,700 sq. ft. Lodge is the first university-owned building to be awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Sustainable features of the Lodge include low emission building materials, high-efficiency water fixtures and generous windows to optimize natural sunlight, as well as repurposed barn wood and granite from the previous Lodge.
Open exclusively to student organizations, university departments and recreation members, the lodge serves as a premier off-campus venue for meetings, conferences, retreats and social events. The Lodge has been particularly popular among university departments, hosting over 30 retreats during its inaugural summer as faculty and staff prepared for another busy fall semester. The Lodge houses a large multi-purpose room, two breakout meeting rooms, an open lobby reception area with a fireplace, a catering kitchen and front and rear decks overlooking the wooded property. With built-in AV capabilities and Wi-Fi access, the lodge offers a unique alternative to the urban setting of the downtown campus.
Along with their use of the lodge, many university groups have also taken advantage of the Challenge Program, creating a full day of staff development and team building. The Challenge Program offers both a low ropes course and a high ropes course with zip lining. During the 2014 spring and summer, 49 Georgia State University groups participated in programs varying from two to seven hours with student organizations representing 65 percent of the 1147 individual participants. Whether a person enjoys the thrill of being on a cable 40 feet above ground or prefers never leaving the ground, the Challenge Program can provide a rewarding teambuilding experience for everyone!
Recreational Services has received positive feedback about the ambience, spaciousness and comfort of the meeting rooms as well as the beauty of the surrounding locale.