$6 million Roos Rec Center in Forest Park set for late May opening


Roos Rec Center has announced that they’re adding the finishing touches to a $6 million recreation and fitness complex in Forest Park. The center is scheduled for a May 26 open house to the public, according to a press release from Jenny Shepherd Public Relations.

Sitting near the corner of W Harrison St and Circle Ave, Roos Rec Center is steadily taking shape as it prepares to be a monumental addition to the Forest Park community. Construction for the new center broke ground in November of 2017 after the district was awarded a series of grants for the project.

The 15,000 square foot building will be fully outfitted with recreation and fitness options that cater to all ages. Inside will be a fitness studio, multi-purpose rooms for classes and meetings, and a regulation-sized gymnasium.

Outside the center will be a gazebo with seating for performances, a bike repair station, a quarter-mile running path from Circle to Des Plaines, outdoor workout stations, and a Ninja Warrior-style obstacle course.

Building developers wanted Roos Rec Center to be contemporary in style, but environmentally conscious as well. Several green measures have been taken to make the building’s energy output as efficient as possible.

Roos Rec Center will have full LED lighting, self-powered workout machines, economical water and cooling systems, water bottle refill stations, and translucent roof panels in the gymnasium to provide enough natural light throughout the day.

Amenities include computerized personal fitness training, intramural leagues, nutrition and health seminars, personalized classes for children and adults, and more.

You can visit the Park District’s main building at 7501 W Harrison St, or visit their website to enroll in a Roos Rec Center fitness membership. Stay connected with Roos Rec Center through Facebook to get the latest development updates.

Looking for a job?

Roos Rec Center will be hosting a job fair on Tuesday, March 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Park District’s main building. Job listings and applications will be available at the event. They encourage candidates to bring a list of references to hand in along with their application.

All photos provided by Roos Rec Center’s Facebook page.


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