Gymnastics & Recreation Center Construction
The GRC is now open!
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the GRC grand opening! We are so excited to bring this new facility to the community and were so happy to have so many people come and celebrate the opening day. We look forward to seeing you soon at the new facility for one of our many gymnastics or fitness classes, preschool playtime, open gym or a birthday party!
This 18,670 square foot facility will house an expanded program of gymnastics classes as well as a birthday party service, fitness classes in the two multi-purpose rooms and many other recreational opportunities.
The Park District of Oak Park has planned for several years to relieve overcrowding at the District’s 218 Madison facility, which houses the District’s gymnastics center, buildings and grounds operations and administrative offices. The gymnastics program serves an average of 1,400 students each season with as many as 100 to 200 students on a waiting list. The buildings and grounds operations are challenged by insufficient space for equipment and supplies.
In October 2011, the Park District purchased the former Aldi grocery store at 25 Lake Street for the relocation of the Oak Park Gymnastics Center. Plans for this facility, officially named the Gymnastics and Recreation Center (GRC), include an expanded gymnastics area as well as two multi-purpose rooms on the second floor for recreation programs and birthday parties. This project is being funded through the Park District’s capital improvement plan.
Construction began in October 2012 and the facility is expected to be opened in October 2013.