Park District Projects Move Forward

Park District Projects Move Forward

With a ceremonial groundbreaking in July, the Northbrook Park District took a tangible step toward construction of its new Activity Center at Techny Prairie & Parks. The multi-purpose center is one of three significant projects planned for the community pursuant to the District’s comprehensive master plan and “New Places to Play” initiative. In addition to the Activity Center, the initiative calls for major renovations to Sportsman’s Country Club in 2020 and as-yet-undetermined updates to Meadowhill Park.

The new $16 million Activity Center, scheduled to open in early 2021, will be located at Techny Road and Anets Drive, overlooking the Techny Prairie Park baseball fields and Anetsberger Golf Course. The 44,200 square foot facility addresses wellness goals for all ages, with an indoor track, a gym for basketball, pickleball and volleyball, fitness spaces for cardio, strength training, and group fitness, and a multipurpose room for classes and programs. Residents will be able to take advantage of childcare services and locker rooms with showers when using the Center.

“While the building is not yet standing, we envision a space where friendships are made, hobbies discovered, and personal goals achieved,” says Molly Hamer, Park District Executive Director. “This will be an exciting and active space, a place to unwind and connect with others.”

For golfers, the end of the 2019 season will bring major changes to the courses and facilities at Sportsman’s. The club will be closed throughout 2020 in order to replace the greens on the Classic 18 course and improve irrigation on the East 9. Updates will be made to the practice range, and a new clubhouse will offer a new, welcoming dining experience 12 months a year. The $12.5 million project will be funded solely by the Park District; discussions of a private/public partnership were explored but ultimately rejected. Plans are being made to ensure that Northbrook golfers have options to play during the 2020 season.

Updates on the Park District’s “New Places to Play” projects can be found at nbparks.org.

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