Come August 23rd, the community will be able to run, lift, tumble and cycle through the almost 80,000 square foot facility, the Fort Hill Activity Center.
The first of its kind for the Park District, the center will offer space that’s been long-awaited in Naperville.
“The Naperville Park District for 50 years has struggled with indoor space, if not for our great partnerships with District 203 and 204, we really had no indoor space, we had right around 8,000 square feet of space,” said Ray McGury, Executive Director of the Naperville Park District.
Now their offerings include a two-floor fitness center with 50 cardio machines, an elevated track that overlooks a multi-sport gym and numerous classrooms for group exercise.
The facility is also open to all ages and abilities. A childcare center called “The Fort” can keep kids as young as three-months-old occupied, while other spaces are dedicated to special recreation use.
“I think we’ve done an adequate job of addressing special needs in this community, but I’m not a big fan of just adequate, I want to make sure that we do the best that we can. They have their own room here, they’re going to have full access here, from the weight room to wheelchair basketball,” said McGury.
Built for just under $24 million, the center also has space to grab a bite to eat, and even work, with a cafe and Wi-Fi throughout the building.
While the Park District feels the center is a step in the right direction, they’re always looking for feedback to make it better.
“I want people to come here, I want people to use this facility, I want people to praise us when we need to be praised, I want people to be critical and say I wish you had this. That’s the only way we’re going to get better,” said McGury.
The Park District will host a grand opening celebration of the Fort Hill Activity center on Saturday August 27th.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.
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