Indoor Aquatic Center
at Prairie Lakes Community Center
REVISED RENDERING: 12/17/17
REVISED RENDERING: 12/17/17
NEWS UPDATE: February 12, 2020
NEW AQUATIC CENTER NEARS COMPLETION
The Prairie Lakes Indoor Aquatic Center is expected to be completed in June, 2020, with a Grand Opening planned for Saturday, July 18. Details will be posted here and on social media.
In addition to swim lessons and year-round lap swimming, the facility will be home to the award-winning Des Plaines Park District Warriors Swim Team, the 2018 D-Division and 2019 C-Division Champions. Competitive swim meets will be a highlight of the 8-lane, 25-yard pool, which boasts a state-of-the-art timing and announcement system, and seating for 150 spectators.
Men’s and women’s locker rooms, six family changing rooms, and offices for the Aquatic Manager, lifeguards, swim instructors and staff are all included.
The separate Wellness Pool area features 3-lanes in a warm water environment for lap swimming and aqua exercise classes. This has been one of the most-requested additions to the existing park district pools.
A splash pad, specially designed for ages 2–12 and all non-swimmers, has its own area in the facility where kids can enjoy safe, fun water play on foam rubber flooring. The grasslands theme includes fountains, sprays, bubblers and a tot-size slide. The splash pad will also be available as part of party and event packages in the Multi-Purpose/Party Room.
The park district is creating a wide variety of Fitness & Aquatic passes, that will include combinations of the Prairie Lakes and Leisure Center fitness centers, the new Aquatic Center, and the three existing outdoor pools (Mystic Waters, Chippewa, and Iroquois). The new facility will also have affordable daily and monthly rates for those who are looking for a premier lap pool that’s close to home.
“This has been an exciting project for all of us at the district,” said Executive Director, Don Miletic. “The responses to our weekly Facebook construction updates, and the positive comments we receive every day, have made this a very rewarding experience. We can’t wait to open so the community can enjoy this truly beautiful year-round aquatic center.”
NEWS UPDATE: January 4, 2019
DES PLAINES PARK DISTRICT BOARD APPROVES FINAL PLANS FOR AN INDOOR POOL
The Des Plaines Park District Board of Commissioners approved the final design and budget for an indoor pool facility at Prairie Lakes, 515 E. Thacker Street in Des Plaines, at the December 18, 2018 Park Board meeting. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2019, with completion planned for spring 2020.
The approved design is for a 27,185 sq. ft. aquatic facility to include an 8-lane, 25-yard pool for lap swimming, swim lessons, open swim, aqua fitness classes, and competitions. “Our competitive swim program, for all youth through high school age, will be an important part of our Be Active campaign,” said Don Miletic, Executive Director, “which helps keep kids and adults healthy year-round.” The district will offer use of the aquatic facility as an addition to summer pool passes and Prairie Lakes Fitness Center memberships. There will be aquatics-only memberships and daily fee options as well.
Additional facility features include a wellness pool and a splash pad area; a multi-purpose room for parties, meetings, and park district programming, with an adjacent outdoor patio; men’s and women’s locker rooms; six family-friendly changing rooms; and offices for lifeguards and pool staff. The 8-lane pool section has bleachers that will accommodate up to 148 people for watching competitions. Architectural renderings of exterior views and diagrams of the interior features are on view at Prairie Lakes. They are also on the park district website: DPParks.org.
Site selection was based on responses to two Community Needs Assessment Surveys, commissioned by the park district in 2006 and 2012, which indicated a desire for an indoor pool at Prairie Lakes Community Center. Research for the project began in 2014, conducted by the district’s Aquatics Task Force. Designs for the new facility based on their recommendations were reviewed by park district administrative and recreation staff, the Task Force, and the Park Board. Community input was gathered via public meetings. Construction bids were solicited in fall of 2018; the preliminary design and materials were revised by the district over the next few months, which reduced costs by $1,200,000 from the original bids, leading to final approval by the Park Board in December.
The total project cost of $12,807,746.60 includes $4,812,746.60 from park district reserves, and $7,995,000 which will come from the issuance of bonds with a nine-year payoff. Hard costs for the project are 10,491,546.60 which include “brick & mortar,” equipment, labor, upgrading the fire alarm system throughout the community center, a required fire loop for water circulation, a new road connecting Prairie Lakes with Mountain View Adventure Center to the south, redesign of the walking/jogging paths, rain gardens on the south and east sides of the new building, and relocating the existing outdoor basketball court and sand volleyball courts. Additional soft costs, planned at $550,000, include the purchase and installation of the splash pad equipment by park district staff, an audio system, a Daktronics Timing System for the competition pool, specialized equipment for swim lessons, aqua fitness, lifeguard rescue and training, site furnishings for the party room and staff offices, and some landscaping. Cordogan Clark & Associates are the architects, and Corporate Construction is the construction manager. Architect fees for the project total $676,200, construction management fees total $690,000, and the project has a contingency budget of $400,000. According to the park district, the new facility will be paid for within its current debt structure and there will be no need for a tax referendum to pay for the project. The district plans to pay for annual operating costs from usage fees, memberships, and rentals.
“The community has been asking for an indoor pool for more than a decade,” said Miletic, “and we’re very excited to begin this important addition to our park district facilities. We’re pleased that we can take this opportunity to offer our residents year-round swim lessons and competitions, the health benefits of a wellness pool, plus an indoor splash pad and party space—all close to home.”