Clean Shoe Policy

Users must change into a second pair of shoes prior to using the Gymnasium, the Fitness/Wellness Room (BC 109), and/or the Multipurpose Exercise Studio (BC 202)!

Please change into your second pair of shoes in the lobby (benches are provided in the lobby) or please display your second pair of shoes to the Check-In and Control Attendant, then proceed to the locker rooms.  

Our clean shoe policy helps accomplish the paramount tasks of preserving the floor surfaces and equipment in the Bartley Center. It also saves the College a considerable amount of funds that would be needed to resurface the variety of floors and replace equipment prematurely, if we did not have a clean shoe policy. This type of policy is typical at most health clubs.  

What this policy requires is all people bring a second pair of clean footwear to change into when coming to exercise or to use the activity areas for any reason. This pair of footwear would need to be hand carried in and clean (free of rocks, pebbles, dirt, sand, gum, and road salt). This does not necessarily mean a new pair – simply one that is clean. If you happen to have a favorite pair of that you like to exercise in and you want to also wear them on weekends, fine by us! We only ask that before you come to the facility on your next visit that you thoroughly clean the shoes and that they are hand carried into the Bartley Center. Lastly, it is very important for you to put your street shoes back on your feet only after you return to the lobby.  

An additional concern that people are typically confused about is the black-soled exercise footwear. Many black-soled footwear choices are fine to wear anywhere in this facility; it really depends on the type of footwear that you are using. A non-marking outer sole is required. Running footwear and outdoor hikers are usually the culprit footwear that will leave black marks on playing surfaces. 

We thank you!                                      


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040