Meet community need for new and existing indoor recreation space.

  • Goal 1: Maintain and update existing facilities.
  • Goal 2: Invest in new indoor facilities / space to respond to community needs.
  • Goal 3: Optimize use of existing facilities.

Tactic 1: Complete Adult Center renovation (Targeted Completion Date-May 2022)

Adult Center Concept Boards, click to enlarge.

Project Background

  • Background: Based on the needs assessment and community feedback conducted during and after the Vision 2020 process, the Park Board has continued to move forward with developing a new Adult Center, including acquiring the 155 E. St. Charles Road facility and selling The Abbey to Elmhurst School District #205 for their new transition center. The existing building is 12,800 square feet on a 2.92 acre lot with a 67 car parking lot and large open lawn area for a neighborhood park.
  • Need: The need for a new Adult Center was a key finding in the Vision 2020 Plan based on community support for a new facility, the interest in increased adult programming, and The Abbey’s space constraints, condition, and lack of support facilities for recreation programming and events.
  • Building Review: The building has not had any major renovations in the past 20 years.  A complete review of the building systems, code review, ADA review and structural review was completed in 2019 by Dewberry Architects. Renovating the building will bring it into compliance and improve some of the building aesthetics.
  • Cost: The total project cost is $900,000, including architecture and engineering services and construction ($270,000 in 2021 and $630,000 in 2022 based on a realistic construction schedule).
  • Funding: Proceeds from The Abbey sale will fund the majority of the project ($700,000) along with Special Recreation Association Fund reserves for accessibility improvements ($200,000).
  • Timeline based on a realistic construction schedule:
    • ​Spring/Summer 2021: Project planning (architectural and engineering)
    • Fall 2021: Project bid process and approval and begin construction
    • Winter/Spring 2022: Construction continues with a targeted completion in late Spring

Progress Update

  • Park Board approved the contract to hire Dewberry Architects for architectural and engineering services for the Adult Center renovation (Winter 2021)
  • Held project kickoff meeting with staff and representatives of Dewberry Architects, including their subcontracted engineering professionals (Spring 2021)
  • Dewberry Architects completed and the Park Board reviewed, updated project scope, cost estimates, and schematic design based on staff feedback (Spring & Summer 2021)
  • Held mandatory on-site pre-bid meeting (36 contractors attended) (Fall 2021)
  • Park Board approved the contract to hire O’Neill Contractors Inc. for the construction project and EHC Industries, Inc. for asbestos abatement (Fall 2021)
  • Completed City of Elmhurst's Planned Unit Development Process for Adult Center/Centennial Park site, including presenting the concept plan to the City's Development, Planning and Zoning Committee and Zoning and Planning Commission along with holding a public meeting at the site (Fall 2021)
  • Elmhurst City Council approved the Planned Unit Development application, including an Ordinance granting a Conditional Use permit (Fall 2021)
  • EHC Industries, Inc. completed asbestos abatement (Fall 2021)
  • O'Neill Contractors began construction (Fall 2021), including the following:
    • completed demolition (e.g., portions of the gymnasium for new door locations, portions of toilet room floor for installation of underground plumbing);
    • excavated for new water service outside of building;
    • removed carpet and ceiling grid;
    • patched corridor wall where the water coolers and previous door were located;
    • installed domestic water lines to the toilet room location;
    • completed dry wall;
    • painted facility walls, ceilings; and
    • installed sprinkler system
  • Continued construction (Spring 2022):
    • progressed with interior finishes to the building;
    • connected water main at St. Charles Road;
    • completed restrooms;
    • demoed asphalt;
    • installed the following: mill work for the registration office, ADA accessible sinks and toilets, countertop framing and glazing, sprinkler system, and sidewalks and curbs; 
    • installed temporary exterior doors and frames (delayed receipt due to supply chain demand) and painted the panels to ensure the temporary fix is aesthetically pleasing for the opening and operation of the facility; and
    • painted exterior building soffits and exterior railings
  • Completed construction cleaning to prepare for building set-up (Spring 2022)
  • Replaced all interior lighting using LED retrofit kits through the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program (at a minimal cost of $673.69) to replace the original 1970s fixtures (lighting costs will be reduced by 80% for the life of the fixtures) (Spring 2022)
  • Construction completed (Spring 2022)
  • Held Grand Opening on June 17 and facility opened for programming and activities (Spring 2022)

Centennial Recreation Center construction photos - Spring 2022

Centennial Recreation Center Open House and Ribbon Cutting - June 17, 2022

Tactic 2: Implement Centennial Recreation Center facility and operations plan (Targeted Completion Date-May 2022)

Progress Update

  • Completed facility and operating plan to allocate necessary resources in 2022 Budget to implement plan in 2022 (Fall 2021)
  • To prepare for the June 2022 re-opening of Centennial Recreation Center (CRC), the position of Program Supervisor – Active Adults in Recreation (eliminated in 2020) was restored in the 2022 Budget and filled in February (Winter 2022)
  • To support future operational needs of CRC, new Facilities Specialist I and Registration Clerk positions were approved in the 2022 Budget (Winter 2022)
  • Implemented Programming Operations Plan with development and scheduling of events and activities at CRC for the summer (Winter 2022)
  • Met and continue to work with representatives from Metropolitan Family Services, as well as the City of Elmhurst, to plan for the shift of the Office of Senior Services from City Hall into the Centennial Recreation Center (Winter and Spring 2022)
  • Began implementing the operating plan for opening the CRC registration desk and lobby, including hiring the new Registration Clerk and purchasing supplies, including file cabinets, mail slots, custodial supplies, window blinds, etc. (Spring 2022)
  • Posted emergency evacuation plans, installed fire extinguishers and updated Safety Data Sheets. (Spring 2022)
  • To address Information Technology needs, completed cabling, ordered security cameras, and scheduled an installation date for networking hardware and internet services (Spring 2022)

News & Updates

Centennial Recreation Center
3 months 3 weeks ago

For more than 40 years, The Abbey at 407 St. Charles Road was the home of senior programming for Elmhurst Park District.

1 year 3 months ago

The Park District’s 2021 Budget reflects a year of transition as part of a slow and gradual recovery including the reopening and expanding of facilities, programs and services as the COVID-19 vaccine becomes wider-spread, mandated capacity and social distancing restrictions are lifted, and more participants become comfortable to return to indoor programs and services.

1 year 4 months ago

Improvements at the newest District park and expansion of green space are just some of the proposed capital projects District staff is planning for in 2021.

1 year 6 months ago

This week, Elmhurst Community Unit District 205 and Elmhurst Park District finalized plans for the purchase and sale of the property at 407 W. St Charles Road, commonly known as The Abbey.