CRC Renovation and Expansion Project

Community Recreation Center expansion to address growing community needs

According to community-wide surveys conducted over an extended period of time, the Wheeling community views the Wheeling Park District as a positive asset and a good value. Recreation, fitness, programming, and athletics play a significant role in the quality of life in Wheeling.

While the Community Recreation Center (CRC) has served the community well, the needs of the community are changing. With the construction of Town Center, Northgate Crossing and other new developments, and the relocation of Village of Wheeling senior services full-time to the CRC beginning January 2018, the Park District is experiencing a growing demand for fitness and programming space at the CRC.
 
As the number-one provider of recreational programming and services, the Park District has a responsibility to meet the needs of the community. Long-term study and financial planning have prepared the Park District to take on this project, but more steps need to be completed before final approval to move forward is given by the Park District Board of Commissioners.While the Park District Board of Commissioners has given the authorization to pursue the project, the Board will not give final approval until all bids have been reviewed.

The current cost estimate of the project is around $16.9 million. The majority of the funding will come from the Park District Capital Project Fund. The Park District will not issue a referendum seeking additional financial support from the community, nor will the District seek a higher tax increase. Should the overall CRC project budget be approved by the Park District Board of Commissioners, the project plan will move forward immediately. It is expected to take 18 months to complete the entire project. This will be a phased project allowing programming and services to continue throughout the duration of construction.

 

EXPANSION/RENOVATION PROJECT DESCRIPTION
 
By analyzing how the Community Recreation Center is currently used and studying growth patterns and trends, the Park District identified the following areas of improvement that would most benefit guests.

 

New Enlarged Fitness Center
  • Improved atmosphere through greater visibility and openness
  • Additional fitness machines with more comfortable spacing
  • Adequate area for stretching, personal training, and assessment
  • Space for group exercise classes within the Fitness area
  • New fitness area locker rooms
Preschool Relocation and Renovation
  • Improved drop-off location and traffic flow
  • Dedicated and restricted entrance for preschool participants only
  • Transition space outside for classrooms
  • Modernized classroom features keeping pace with current educational trends
Second Gymnasium
  • Increased community open gym time
  • Additional league and tournament space
  • Large-group programming space
General Renovations
  • Redesign of entryway for improved visibility of the Guest Service area
  • Separate entrance into Fitness area to potentially increase hours of operation
  • Additional dedicated programming space on the first level of the CRC
Along with the expansion/renovation, deferred maintenance projects and a general refresh of the entire building are included in the scope of the project budget.

 

Timeline

January 16, 2018

 

WHEELING PARK DISTRICT
CRC RENOVATION AND EXPANSION PROJECT OUT FOR BID

The Wheeling Park District is receiving bids for the Community Recreation Center (CRC) Renovation and Expansion Project. Bid documents are available beginning Tuesday, January 16. Bids must be submitted by Friday, February 16. Information regarding the bidding process is available at www.wheelingparkdistrict.com.

Long-term study and financial planning have prepared the Park District to take on this extensive project that will provide for the current and future needs of the residents and guests of the Wheeling community. While the Park District Board of Commissioners has given the authorization to pursue the project, the Board will not give final approval until the bids have been received and reviewed. The majority of funding will come from the Park District Capital Project Fund. The Park District will not issue a referendum seeking additional financial support from the community, nor will the District seek a higher tax increase. The current cost estimate is $16.9 million.

Should the overall CRC project budget be approved by the Park District Board of Commissioners, work is anticipated to begin in March. While it is expected to take 18 months to complete, this phased project allows for programming and services at the CRC to continue throughout the duration of construction.

Based on needs and future growth, trends and participant feedback, the four major areas of expansion and renovation include an enlarged modern fitness center and group exercise space, relocation of the preschool and additional 21st-century educational tools, a second gymnasium, and programming space on the first level. This project will also address deferred maintenance items to existing systems. The current facility, which is part of the Heritage Park Campus, is 25 years old and has undergone one addition of the fitness center and indoor pool in 2000.

The Park District’s Comprehensive Plan indicates the need for over 15,000 square feet of additional space just to meet the 2017 population requirements. The CRC is currently used by 56% of all residents or a total of 23,968 of Wheeling Park District residents. With construction of several new area developments and the relocation of Village of Wheeling senior services full-time to the CRC, the Park District is experiencing a growing demand for fitness and programming space at the CRC.