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 contract to hire Dewberry Architects for architectural and engineering services (Winter 2021)
  • Held project kick-off meeting with staff and representatives of Dewberry Architects and their subcontracted engineers (Spring 2021)
  • Dewberry Architects completed, and the Park Board reviewed updated project scope, cost estimates, and schematic design (Spring and Summer 2021)
  • Completed project bid process, including on-site pre-bid meeting (36 contractors attended) (Fall 2021)
  • Park Board approved contract to hire EHC Industries, Inc. for asbestos abatement and O’Neill Contractors, Inc. for construction (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, Inc. completed construction and installed and painted temporary exterior doors and frames (permanent doors delayed due to supply chain demand and installation anticipated in August) (Winter and Spring 2022)
  • Completed post-construction cleaning to prepare for building set-up (Spring 2022)
  • Replaced all original 1970s interior lighting fixtures using LED retrofit kits through the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program (lighting costs projected to decrease by 80% for the life of the fixtures) (Spring 2022)
  • Opened facility for programming and registration and held grand opening event on June 17 (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 open facility (Fall 2021)
  • To support future operational needs of CRC, new Facilities Specialist I and Registration Clerk positions were approved in the 2022 Budget (Winter 2022)
  • To prepare for June 2022 opening, position of Program Supervisor – Active Adults in Recreation (eliminated in 2020) was restored in the 2022 Budget and filled in February (Fall 2021 and Winter 2022)
  • Implemented programming plan with development and scheduling of events and activities for summer season (Winter 2022)
  • Worked 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 CRC (Winter and Spring 2022)
  • Implemented registration operating plan to open registration desk and lobby, including hiring new Registration Clerk and purchasing supplies (Spring 2022)
  • Filled Facilities Specialist I position to prepare building for programs, both from a custodial and operational set-up function (Spring 2022)
  • Posted emergency evacuation plans and installed fire extinguishers (Spring 2022)
  • To address Information Technology needs, completed cabling, ordered security cameras, and coordinated installation of networking hardware and internet services (Spring 2022)
  • Memorandum of Understanding was approved by Elmhurst City Council (6/6/2022) and Park Park Board (6/27/2022), which outlines both organizations’ responsibilities in regards to housing Metropolitan Family Services at CRC and use of space within the facility by the agency (Spring and Summer 2022)
  • Opened facility for programs and registration on June 13 (Summer 2022)

News & Updates

Centennial Park Recreation Building new home of Metropolitan Family Services
1 week 7 hours ago

Elmhurst Park District was honored to receive a 2022 Best of the Best Award from the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) last week.

1 month 1 day ago

The Park District had a special delivery this week, with the arrival and installation of exterior doors for the newly redeveloped Centennia

3 months 2 weeks ago

Centennial Recreation Center (CRC), the new home for adult programming at Elmhurst Park District, is now open! Located in Centennial Park at 155 E. St.

Centennial Recreation Center
7 months 2 days 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 7 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 8 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 9 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.