The Jesse Philips Physical Education Center, a 115,000-square-foot facility, is the hallmark of Oberlin's athletic complex. Its gymnasium is used for basketball, volleyball, and intramural and recreational activities. Other facilities in Philips include a climbing wall and bouldering cave; Carr Pool; Weight Rooms containing Cybex Strength and Universal weight training machines, as well as free weights, a heavy bag, speed bags, and stretching room; and six racquetball and nine squash courts, two of which are set up for table tennis and one for indoor golf. The John W. Heisman Club Field House is linked to Philips and includes a six-lane 200-meter track and four tennis courts.
The Recreation Center has offered paid memberships to the local community since 1978. These memberships include full use of all of the college's recreation facilities in Philips Physical Education Center and the Heisman Field House. The Recreation Center is open seven days a week during the academic year, closing only for major holidays and certain special events. Summer hours are slightly reduced (see hours in general info). The OCRS is closed over winter shutdown (Christmas through New Years) and the first week in August for facility maintenance.