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Renovation of the Recreation Center

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Recreation Center Addition and Renovation

Progress, progress, progress! The Parks and Recreation Department has been working diligently with their design and construction professionals (Williams Architects and Gilbane Building Company) for early bid releases in July/August 2016 to take advantage of the late summer bidding climate. Historically, this is a good time to issue bid packages given that the trade contractor market is looking for post-summer work. The early bid releases will consist of site work, excavation, building concrete, precast concrete, structural steel, and elevators. The early bid releases allow for construction to begin sooner in order to erect the building shell for the addition and have it enclosed by the time winter comes. The remaining trade contractor packages will be issued at the end of August. The anticipated groundbreaking is scheduled for September 2015 with completion in the fall of 2016.

Safety First

The existing recreation center will remain operational during construction and recreation programming will be scheduled around construction activity. As you might imagine, large-scale construction projects bring with along disruptive activity such as noise, debris, dust, and contractor traffic. Gilbane Building Company has a site logistics plan in place with a safety-first approach to ensure the safety of all patrons and staff during construction. There will be a perimeter fence securely enclosing all construction activity and the site will be monitored daily from the second the gate opens to the second the gate closes. There will be clear signage and wayfinding on the site to ensure patrons know where to enter and exit while visiting the recreation center, and we ask that patrons steer clear of the construction activity for your safety.


Please check our newsletter and website for continued updates on the progress of the project. The City of Palos Heights and the Parks and Recreation Department are pleased with the progress to date and are excited to break ground in the coming months. We appreciate your patience during this time and will do our best to communicate updates to you throughout the project.

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Upcoming Events

Oct 24 Spooky Sprint
Join us at Lake Katherine for the 1.5 mile Spooky Sprint on Saturday October 24th. Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens will be hosting a twilight trail 1.5 mile obstacle dash along with the Palos Heights Police Department. Costumes are encouraged.
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October 24, 2015

Time:05:30 PM - 07:30 PM

Oct 29 Touch-A-Truck & Treat
Come out dressed in your Halloween costume and explore the trucks, tractors, heavy equipment, emergency vehicles and more. Touch-A-Truck & Treat puts kids in the drivers seat where they can touch, honk and climb aboard a variety of different vehicles. Children will also receive a Halloween treat from each vehicle.
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October 29, 2015

Time:05:30 PM - 07:30 PM

Nov 7 Kids Garage Sale
Clean out your closet and underneath your bed it's time to make some money by selling your old toys, bikes and games at the Palos Heights Kids Garage Sale! Each seller will be given a table and space in the Recreation Center Gym to show off their items for sale. Don't have much to sell, that's OK, show up to do some shopping, bargains are everywhere.
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November 07, 2015

Time:10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Nov 14 Turkey Shoot
Boys and Girls between the ages of 4 and 12 along with one parent will compete in a basketball free throw shooting contest. There will be age divisions and the winning team will take home a Thanksgiving Turkey. The Turkey Shoot is free for residents as long as you register by November 13.
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November 14, 2015

Time:09:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Dec 12 Waddle's Winter Wonderland
Come join Waddles the penguin and enjoy some holiday fun. You and your family will not want to miss this exciting event! There will be holiday games, cookie decorating, creating holiday decorations, and let's not forget Santa! Everyone will get the chance to meet Santa himself and take a family picture with him, so don't forget the camera. Come out and help us spread some holiday cheer at Waddle's Winter Wonderland!
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December 12, 2015

Time:10:00 AM - 12:00 PM



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