- Nov 19, 2018
The Northbrook Park District recently announced progress made to date on its capital improvement initiative New Places to Play, which was launched earlier this year. The project includes a new activity center and improvements to Sportsman’s Country Club, based on community input and in conjunction with the Park District’s 10 year Comprehensive Master Plan.
An overview of the 44,000 square foot Activity Center, to be located on a six-acre Anets parcel the District purchased in 2011, was recently made available to the public. Designed by Wight & Company, the two-story activity center will feature a large multi-use court that can be used for basketball, pickleball and volleyball; a large 6,067 square foot area featuring a wide variety of fitness equipment and two fitness rooms. The style and architecture of the building includes exposed structure and faux wood, intended to tie in with the surrounding fields and park at Techny, which can be viewed by the indoor walking track on the second floor. Plans call for two sets of locker rooms — one for Fitness members which would include showers and changing rooms, and one for the public which would include lockers adjacent to bathroom amenities.
As currently designed, there will be 153 new parking spots on the site with room to add 70 additional spots if needed down the road. Additional space includes a 900 square foot child care area, and a roughly 1,400 square foot multi-purpose room which could be used for parties and meetings. Director of Parks and Properties Ed Dalton commented that the building has been designed to exceed existing energy codes and to be energy efficient, with window placement designed to capture the least exposure in the summer and to retain heat in the winter.
According to the Park District, the facility will “offer the latest fitness and wellness opportunities and provide new spaces where the public can stay active, have fun and connect with others.” Construction is slated to begin in August 2019.
In May, the Park District partnered with design team Martin Design to develop a master plan for improvements to the golf courses, practice facilities and clubhouse at Sportsman’s. Following the release of a preliminary plan to the Park District Board in September, a decision was made to expand the scope of the original plan. According to the Park District statement, “Through the planning process, we gained valuable insight which called for further exploration of this community project.” As a result, a new RFP has been issued to broaden the project to include more innovative golf amenities and a clubhouse with a year-round restaurant for the benefit of both golfers and non-golfers. Plans also include exploring the possibility of partnership opportunities. As a result, Sportsman’s will be open for golf the entire 2019 season.