2018-2022: New Places to Play – Activity Center

Concept design for new Activity Center

Project Overview for Activity Center at Techny Prairie Park and Fields

The Northbrook Park District is in the planning phase for building an Activity Center at Techny Prairie Park and Fields.  The Center will be located on the six-acre parcel purchased the District purchased in 2011. See design concepts here.

The Activity Center addresses four of the Top 5 Priorities for Investment for Programs, as identified in the Comprehensive Master Plan (CMP) Community Survey:

  1. Fitness and Wellness – including indoor walking track
  2. Active Adult Programs – cardio and yoga classes
  3. Senior Programs – focus on wellness
  4. Open Gyms – all ages programming

District staff are currently in the planning phase of this project.

Selection of Architects
In April, the Activity Center selection committee (comprised of District staff and two Park Board commissioners) interviewed four architectural firms from several teams who submitted proposals. On May 23, the Northbrook Park District Board of Commissioners approved the professional services contract for the architectural services with Wight & Company, Inc., of Darien, IL.

Resident Input
Residents, stakeholders, District board and staff provided input for the Comprehensive Master Plan in 2016. Residents will have opportunities for additional feedback at key milestones during the project.

Timeline and Project Costs
A project timeline will be determined in the near future.  The District has allocated $16 million for the project.  The District intends to issue bonds to fund its share of the project and use reserves.

Project Team Background
Wight’s dedicated Parks and Recreation specialists are innovators in the design and construction of various recreational facilities that serve our local communities. Wight has provided services on several recreation centers in the Chicago area including the Glenview Park District Interpretative Center, Chicago Park District Louie Fieldhouse, and the Plainfield Park District Bott Park Recreation Center.

We will continue to provide updates as this project moves forward.