Celebrating One Year of the CRC

On May 21, 2023, the Community Recreation Center opened its doors to Oak Park. It has been an incredible inaugural year, and we can’t wait for what’s still ahead!

We celebrated the CRC’s birthday with healthy snacks in the lobby, and a special gift for members that dropped by.

Here’s a snapshot of the past year at the CRC:

  • Welcomed 5,000 members and 6,000 walking track members
  • Provided afterschool programming to over 1,200 middle and high school students, with access to homework tutoring, mental health resources, sports, and other activities
  • Offered 40 walk-in hours per week with the Community Mental Health Board
  • Hosted 30 public events and meetings, including the Oak Park/River Forest Chamber of Commerce Health and Wellness Fair
  • …and so much more!

The creation of the Community Recreation Center began over 10 years ago. At the time, although Oak Park enjoyed many park district services and amenities, residents lacked access to a gymnasium, fitness facility, indoor walking track, and community center that served families and individuals including the growing senior population. Based on public engagement through surveys and a feasibility study, we believed the construction of a Community Recreation Center would meet the diverse needs of residents of all ages, abilities, backgrounds, and economic statuses.

The CRC was built to be a Net Zero building, a testament to the Park District’s commitment to sustainability. The CRC allows us to make the most of our natural resources, minimize our carbon footprint, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and create an inspiring model for future facilities. Learn more about Net Zero Energy here.

The CRC offers a wide range of amenities that cater to our diverse community. Click on the text below to learn more about each feature.

The CRC is a welcome and open space for all Oak Park residents to enjoy. Everyone deserves a space to move, learn, connect, and thrive. There is a place for you at the CRC. Come explore!

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