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[FEB. 27, 2004]  The long gray days of winter will soon be gone. It won't be long and we'll be shedding layers of weighty clothing, jumping into spring and summer activities. Spring and summer require more muscular and high-energy activities. Is your fitness level ready for the change of season?

If you're ready to break out of winter sluggishness, you are in luck. The Lincoln Park District can get you revved. Sunday marks the grand opening of an all-new and refurbished exercise facility. [Click here for pictures.]

Three individually climate-controlled areas offer every form of exercise fitness popular today. Modern computerized cardio equipment and the advanced circuit training weight room share a semi-divided area.

The aerobics room, featuring a floating floor, is used for multiple instructor-led fitness classes.

An adjoining new building that features indoor tennis courts, volleyball and basketball courts offers an indoor walking area. The new teraflex flooring has been appreciated by senior walkers who say their hips and knees know the difference between walking on concrete or carpeting or the resilient flooring.

The public is invited to tour the facility from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Guests will have the opportunity to try out the fitness equipment, tour the facilities, register for door prizes and meet the staff and board members. There will also be giveaways and refreshments.

In celebration of the grand opening, the sports center will be free to all users from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on that day.

Renovation history

Project began in March of 2003 and was completed in December of 2003.

Architect: Caius Jennison of the Farnsworth Group of Peoria.

General contractor: Hein Construction of Peoria.

Cost: $1.7 million (paid for with debt certificates; the district has pledged its non-referendum bonding power to pay off the certificates in 10 years)

Roy Logan said the architect was great to work with from concept to start to finish. Jennison representatives talked with the park district staff often, asking for their input. They started with what was wanted in the new facility. They asked for a list of what was liked or not liked about the old facility.


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Description of work:

  • New rear entry
  • Locker rooms and shower facilities completely renovated
  • New filtration system installed for the pool
  • Existing east gym and weight room removed
  • 20,000 square feet added
  • New strength room with an assortment of dumbbells, free weights and selectorized equipment
  • New circuit room with multi-station training equipment, cardiovascular equipment and cardio theater entertainment system
    Cardio equipment includes treadmills, elliptical machines, stair steppers, upright and recumbent bicycles, and much more. Cardio theater system gives users a choice of five television and two radio stations.
  • Four full-size courts offering a choice of tennis, basketball or volleyball
  • Walking and running track
  • Remodeled aerobics room
  • Card swipe system for improved customer service
  • Personal training
  • Massage therapy
  • Sauna
  • Kiddie co-op
  • Family changing room

Yearly memberships available include full-access passes, circuit passes, and track and court passes. College students home for the summer can purchase a three-month pass. Discounted business memberships are also available. Users who choose not to purchase a membership can pay the daily fee.

Lincoln Park District

1400 Primm Road

(217) 732-9521

Open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

[Jan Youngquist]

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