Adult programming finds new home at Centennial Recreation Center

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. Charles Road, an Open House attended by seniors in the community kicked off the celebration on Friday, June 17. Guests checked out the new spaces for programming, social events and educational activities.

One attendee at the Open House thanked the Park Board of Commissioners for listening to the community’s input and making this project a reality for adults of all ages in our community.

“Park District Board and staff had the pleasure to speak with so many community members who were appreciative of the new facility and excited to take advantage of the programming that will be offered,” said Executive Director Jim Rogers.

Art programs, fitness programs, and social events will be available at the CRC, with registration through the Elmhurst Park District. Ages 62 and over can also become a CRC Member, with benefits including discounted member pricing on monthly luncheons, a mailed newsletter and free participation in monthly Bingo.

In 2019, the Park Board approved acquiring the facility, then known as the Redeemer Center. It is more than double the size of The Abbey, the District’s previous senior center, which was sold to Elmhurst Community Unit District 205 for $1.6 million in 2020. The sale of the property allowed the Park District to utilize those funds in remodeling the CRC without having to raise taxes.

Community feedback gathered through the Park District’s Vision 2020 Comprehensive and Strategic Plan process indicated support for a new or improved adult facility, but The Abbey had reached its limits in providing the space and flexibility needed for increased adult programming.

Redevelopment construction began at the CRC last fall. Work included bringing the building up to code, remodeling restrooms for ADA compliance and incorporating updated interior design. The Park District is thrilled to welcome adults to the new facility, which will allow for expanded programming options for adults of all ages in Elmhurst.