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.
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
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
- 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
- Four full-size courts offering a
choice of tennis, basketball or volleyball
- Walking and running track
- Remodeled aerobics room
- Card swipe system for improved
- Personal training
- Massage therapy
- Kiddie co-op
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
Open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.