Grizzly pool

Spencer Keeton on the Grizzly Pool's new key log.

Grizzly Pool rolled out its newest toy Wednesday: a composite log.

The key log is made of a dense polyethylene, the same hard plastic material used for some kayaks, and contains a foam baffle inside that keeps it lightweight and portable. It is designed to be filled with water to give it the correct mass and buoyancy.

The log will be available to students and Grizzly Pool users during open swim, the least attended of all of their programs.

The University of Montana’s Campus Recreation purchased the log for $2150, Tonya Kiser, senior assistant director of aquatics and safety, said. UM is the first in the state to offer such a program.

“I’m very excited,” she said. “It’s hard to find new programming to be able to offer the students.”

The Grizzly Pool has a very programmed schedule, Kiser said. Since there isn’t a lot of time to add in new programs, she said this was one way to add new activities without adjusting the schedule. 

Greg Lovell, aquatics coordinator of Campus Recreation, said the idea was first introduced by campus recreation members who saw the log on demo at a conference they were attending.

“I’m really excited about it,” Lovell said. “Hopefully the campus community will get excited as well.”

Lovell said logrolling is a great alternative sport that can be done by anyone of any age or physical ability. It's a great workout for core, agility and foot speed.

The Key Log program will also bring with it the heritage of the over 125-year-old sport of logrolling, he said.

He has also reached out to the athletic department, and UM’s Forestry club regarding the log.

Luke VanderZanden, president of the UM Forestry club, said he's excited about the new program. The key log will allow the Woodsman team to practice logrolling year round. 

Lovell said the log will be available during open swim, which is on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:30-9:00pm. The log will also be out on weekends on Saturday from 1:00-4:00pm and Sunday 2:00-5:00pm, and is available for use when the pool is rented.

If the students enjoy the log and if there is enough support, Lovell said he hopes to create a Health and Human Performance (HHP) class built around the log.