Palos Heights Wants Residents' Input on Rec Center Renovation

The City of Palos Heights will look to residents for support and guidance during the planning phases of proposed renovations to the Palos Heights Recreation Center.

The Palos Heights Recreation Center could be in for a $6.3 million overhaul, if voters support the project.

The city's Parks and Recreation Committee is counting on public outreach and community meetings with consultant George K. Baum & Company, to keep residents in the loop during the planning process for the revamped recreation center at 6601 W. 127th St. A future referendum will ask residents to support the project.

Renovations would include a multipurpose/banquet room with an instructional kitchen in place of the current gym, space for a teen center, a pre-school area and multi-purpose community rooms and extra parking. The new recreation space, located adjacent to the existing building, will include a multipurpose gym, locker rooms and restrooms on the lower level. On the upper level, there would be a three-lane walking/jogging track, a wellness center with exercise equipment and a lounge.

Palos Heights District 128 would donate 1.5 acres of district property for the project. In return, the city agreed to tweak school park property nearby, adding a walking track, improving the school district's soccer field and addition of one new baseball and softball field at a cost of up to $180,000, Chicago Tribune reports. 

A taxpayer with a home valued at $100,000 would see an impact of roughly $30.20 each year, according to documents. 

The next community input session is scheduled for June 3, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Recreation Center. 


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