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To perform routine annual maintenance and enhancement projects to the facility the Recreation Center of Highland Park will be closed:

Monday August 24th – Friday August 28th.

The Recreation Center of Highland Park Aquatics Center will be closed Monday August 24th – Monday September 7th.


Annual Recreation Center memberships will be valid at Hidden Creek Aqua Park for open lap swim times while the pool is closed.

The Recreation Center will be holding Group Exercise Classes at various Park District Facilities during the week of shutdown.

Contact the Recreation Center at 847-579-4554 for a list of classes.


The Recreation Center of Highland Park offers a variety affordable of membership options to meet your unique needs. Our 30 –day; month to month; and annual resident, student, limited, couple, family and senior passes range from $26 – $75 per person/month for residents.

Not sure if membership is for you… Try a free week out on us! (some restrictions apply)

Don’t forget our ultimate swimming pass! Enjoy indoor swimming at the Recreation Center of Highland Park and outdoor swimming Hidden Creek Aqua in one combined pass. Members receive free aquatic group exercise classes and discounts on Kid Fit childcare at the Recreation Center too! Ultimate Swim Pass ranges from $16 – $36 per person/month for residents

Do You Struggle With Commitment? Recreation Center of Highland Park is now offering month to month and 30 day memberships. The option to pay month to month with no binding contract offers you maximum flexibility…in more ways then one! Group exercise classes are included.

 Membership Options

Memberships include full facility access to all Recreation Center of Highland Park amenities including equipment on the fitness floor, open/lap swim, running/walking track, open gym, and the entire drop in group exercise schedule.

IndividualMonthly ResidentMonthly Nonresident
Adult Annual$49$59
Senior Annual$41$51
Student Annual$27$35
Limited Annual$27$37
Month to Month$62$72
30 Day$75$85

Couple/FamilyMonthly ResidentMonthly Nonresident
Couple Annual$42/person$52/person
Senior Couple Annual$39/person$49/person
Family* Annual$35/person$40/person

*For the first three family members. Additional family members are free ($105/family).

Day Pass Fees

Resident $12

Non-Resident $15

Welcome to Kid Fit

If you have smaller children, we know that being able to count on quality and affordable childcare makes it so much easier to commit to a fitness regimen. That’s why we’re proud to offer professional childcare services for children ages 6 months to 10 years. This service is available to our members and guests.

Parents must remain on-site while their children are in the Kid Fit area. On your first visit, please plan to spend a few extra moments helping your child adjust to the Kid Fit area, and to fill out an information sheet about your child, including food allergies and any special information that will help us care for your child.

Because we want you to feel absolutely certain that your child is being well cared for during your time at the Recreation Center, we urge you to contact us at 847.579.4054 with questions or concerns.

Hours of Operation

Mon-Thurs8am-2:30pm &

Time Limits (for Kid Fit & TIMEOUT)

  • Children 6-18 months, 90-minutes maximum per day
  • Children 18 months-10 years, 2-hours maximum per day

Kid Fit Fees
Fees are based on the cost of 1 child for 1 hour of service

 Single Visit10-Visit Pass

Kid Fit Annual Membership Add-on
$20/month for the first child, $6/month for each additional child.
Purchase this membership add-on and enjoy unlimited use of the Kid Fit (childcare) area for your children. The upgrade must be purchased with an active annual membership and is valid concurrently for the entire membership term. Daily time restrictions still apply.

Mom & Dad’s TIMEOUT
Your child can spend time with us while you run your errands! Moms and Dads can leave the Recreation Center and still enjoy the benefits of the Kid Fit Center. TIMEOUT hours are Monday-Friday 11am-2:30pm and Saturday-Sunday 10:30am-1pm. Time limits still apply. Reservations are required.

Fees are based on the cost of 1 child

 Single Visit

Annual Aquatic Memberships

The Recreation Center of Highland Park and Hidden Creek Aqua Park have come together to offer the ultimate swimming pass. Enjoy the Recreation Center indoor Aquatic Center and the seasonal outdoor use of Hidden Creek AquaPark all in one combined pass. Members receive free aquatic group exercise classes and discounts on Kid Fit childcare at the Recreation Center. Membership is valid one year from the date of purchase. Previous discounts do not apply.

Monthly FeesResident FeeNonresident Fee
Adult Annual$36$46
Senior Annual$28$38
Senior Couple Annual$16/person$20/person
Couple Annual$25/person$35/person
Family Annual$18/person$22/person

Membership Descriptions

  • Month-to-Month: Available to individuals ages 11 and older and provides the same benefits as the individual Annual Membership, including Group Exercise classes. Month to Month membership, must be longer than 30 days.
  • Individual: This annual membership is for individuals 18 years of age and older.
  • Limited: Provides members over the age of 18 with daily, full membership privileges to the Recreation Center during the restricted hours of 10:30am-4pm.
  • Couple: This annual membership is for two adults, 18 years of age and older, who are sharing the same residence and living expenses; or a parent and their dependant child; or two dependent children living in the household. Children must be under the age of 18 and unmarried, or a full-time college student through age 23.
  • Family: This annual membership is for immediate family members living in the same residence and includes the father, mother, all children under the age of 18 and unmarried, full-time college students through age 23.
  • Student: This annual membership is available to anyone between the ages of 11 and 23 who are full time students. Student ID must be presented at the time of purchase for high school and college students. Students under the age of 18 must register with a parent.
  • Senior: This annual membership is for individuals 65 years of age and older.
  • Senior Couple: This annual membership is for couples, one of which is of 65 years of age or older, who are sharing the same residence and living expenses.
  • 30 day: Available to individuals 11 and older. Provides the same benefits as the individual Annual Membership and is valid for 30 days from the date of purchase. Cannot be modified or prorated

Membership Payment Features

  • Auto Charge: Pay by the month! When signing up for an annual membership, you may have your VISA, MasterCard or Discover card automatically charged on a monthly basis. A $5 per month service fee is charged in addition to your monthly membership dues.
  • Auto Renew: Setup your annual membership to renew automatically upon its expiration date. All annual memberships paid by credit card must setup their membership with Auto-Renew. Members still have the option to pay in full at the beginning of each membership term or use Auto Charge to pay on a monthly basis. (Please note, the $5 per month service charge for the Auto Charge feature still applies.) Annual memberships not setup with the Auto Renew feature must be paid in full at the time of registration by cash or check. Make the next time you renew your membership the last time you bother with paperwork; sign up for Auto Renew.

Important Membership Information

  • Proof of Residency: Proof of residency, family structure and school identification may be required. Documents that may be used to show proof of residency and family structure are a birth certificate, a valid Illinois driver’s license, an Illinois state-issued identification card or a current real estate tax bill with your name and Highland Park address.
  • Age Restrictions: Participants must be 13 years of age or older to access the fitness floor. Participants ages 11 and 12 must successfully complete the “Intro to Fitness Program” prior to accessing the fitness floor (additional fee required).

Membership & Participant Handbook

Download your Recreation Center Membership Handbook. You may also request a copy by emailing or when visiting the Recreation Center.

The Recreation Center houses 2 high-school-regulation-sized basketball courts. Come and shoot around with the family, or pick up a game with friends during any of our open gym times.

Included with Membership for Recreation Center Members!

 Single Visit10-Pass

Members and nonmembers alike are welcome to participate in open gym. All participants must check in and receive a wristband prior to participating. The Recreation Center of Highland Park reserves the right to cancel and/or change open gym times without notice. A Recreation Center staff member has the right to revoke an individual’s open gym participation for misconduct.

To participate, a valid driver’s license and/or valid identification must be presented at the front desk and all players must sign in. You will then be given a wristband that you are required to wear during your participation.

No private training during open gym times unless authorized by the facility supervisor.

August 29-September 15

The Open Gym Schedule is subject to change on a daily basis. Schedules are updated daily so please be sure to check the website and/or call before visiting.

DateCourt 1Court 2
Saturday, August 29
6:30-9:00amADULTS ONLY, 9:00am-7:15pm6:30am-7:15pm
Sunday, August 306:30-8:00am,
8:00-10:00am, 11:00am-3:00pm, 5:00-7:15pm
Monday, August 315:00-9:30am, 10:45am-9:30pm5:00am-9:30pm
Tuesday, September 15:00-9:30am, 10:45am-9:30pm5:00am-9:30pm
Wednesday, September 25:00-9:30am, 10:45am-9:30pm5:00am-9:30pm
Thursday, September 35:00am-9:30pm5:00am-9:30pm
Friday, September 45:00-9:30am, 10:45am-7:15pm5:00am-7:15pm
Saturday, September 56:30-9:00amADULTS ONLY, 9:00am-7:15pm
Sunday, September 66:30-8:00am,
Monday, September 75:00-9:30am, 10:45am-9:30pm5:00am-9:30pm
Tuesday, September 85:00-9:30am, 10:45am-9:30pm5:00am-9:30pm
Wednesday, September 95:00-9:30am, 8:30-9:30pm7:30am-5:30pm
Thursday, September 105:00-10:00am, 12:00-6:30pm5:00-10:00am, 12:00-4:00pm
Friday, September 115:00-9:30am, 10:45am-7:15pm5:00am-7:15pm
Saturday, September 126:30-9:00amADULTS ONLY, 9:00am-7:15pm8:00am-7:15pm
Sunday, September 136:30-8:00am8:00am-12:00pm
Monday, September 145:00-9:30am, 10:45am-6:00pm5:00am-9:30pm
Tuesday, September 155:00-9:30am, 10:45am-6:00pm5:00am-9:30pm

All Drop-in Group Exercise Classes are included with your Recreation Center Membership!

(Aquatic Classes included with Aquatic Membership)

The Recreation Center of Highland Park offers the best and most innovative classes in the area. Popular formats include: Indoor Cycle, ZUMBA, Yoga, strength, core, Pilates_JadeP_05flexibility, boot camp, WERQ and water fitness classes.

The Summer Group Exercise Schedule is available now. For class descriptions, click here.

Our Summer Fit for Life schedule lists classes geared towards active older adults. View the schedule here

For up to date information on classes, subs, and cancellations, please view the RC Beat. You can also get regular email updates by subscribing to the RC Beat. To receive the RC Beat weekly click here and provide the email address you would like it sent to.

Members: Drop-in Group Exercise classes are included in your annual membership

Non-member: Non Members can utilize group exercise classes in additional to the fitness floor by paying the appropriate day fee.

The best and most efficient way to reach your fitness goals is to enlist a personal trainer. Let our nationally certified team of trainers develop a detailed fitness regimen specifically for you. We’ll work with you to define your own personal fitness goals and keep you motivated and focused while you achieve them!

3 options to get started with a personal trainer:
1. Call Justin Hanlin, Personal Training Coordinator at 847.579.4050.
2. Email: Please include your name, availability (days and times) and your goals and any limitations you may have. Request a Personal Trainer via email
3. Stop at the fitness desk. The desk staff will have you fill out a personal training request form

*Please remember: The more availability you give us, the easier it will be to find you a trainer.

Personal Training Rates


 30-Minute Sessions45-Minute Sessions1 Hour Sessions
Single Session$42$57$68

Non Members

 30-Minute Sessions45-Minute Sessions1 Hour Sessions
Single Session$52$67$78
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                                                                  Pool-10Welcome to the Recreation Center of Highland Park Indoor Pool

                                                                  Everyone from tots to adults can take advantage of the Recreation Center of Highland Park Swimming Pool. Our full complement of Learn-to-Swim classes is perfect for participants of all ages who want to become comfortable in the water. If you are a swimming veteran, revitalize with a full body workout in the pool. Aquatic Master training is available to develop your water workout. For more information and pricing contact Shari Heymann at or call 847-579-4051.

                                                                  Aquatic Memberships

                                                                  The Recreation Center of Highland Park and Hidden Creek AquaPark have come together to offer the ultimate swimming pass. Enjoy both facilities in one pass! Members receive free aquatic drop-in group and discounts on training, the Kid Fit Area at the Recreation Center and select aquatic programs. Membership is valid one year from the date of purchase. Previous discounts do not apply. For membership descriptions and pricing visit our Membership Page

                                                                  Indoor Pool Schedule AquaticSchedule August 9-August 23

                                                                  The indoor pool offers a variety of drop in times for open swim, family swim, learn to swim and more. Plus, there is always at least one lane open for lap swimming.

                                                                  The pool will be closed August 24-September 8

                                                                  Water Exercise is offered at the Recreation Center and Hidden Creek Aqua Park in the summer.  Please refer to the

                                                                  attached schedule.   Summer AquaticExercise Flyer rev 08-21;


                                                                  Splash around in the Recreation Center Learn-to-Swim program! The Recreation Center provides swim lessons for all ages and levels.

                                                                  Early Childhood(Ages 3-Grade K)
                                                                  Based on the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim curriculum, these classes incorporate songs, games and fun to ease students into the aquatic environment.

                                                                  Youth Learn-to-Swim (Ages 6-15)
                                                                  Based on the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim curriculum, the classes include skill progression in all fundamental aquatic motor skills.

                                                                  Fall session registration is currently underway!  There are two sessions;

                                                                  Session 1:  Sep 12-Oct 30
                                                                  Session 2: Oct 31-Dec 18

                                                                  Register in-person @ Recreation Center Desk from 9am-6pm.
                                                                  Fax to 847.831.4040
                                                                  Mail-In (Park District of Highland Park, Attn: Registration, 636 Ridge Road, Highland Park, IL 60035)

                                                                  Private Lesssons
                                                                  Often, the most effective way to learn to swim is by enlisting the help of a private instructor. The Recreation Center of Highland Park offers private and semi-private swimming lessons for participants of all ages. Based on the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim curriculum, swimmers will receive personalized instruction based on their needs and current swim abilities. For safety purposes, all spectators must observe classes from the observation room. For more information on signing up for private swim lessons, contact Shari Heymann 847.579.4051 or

                                                                  The Recreation Center of Highland Park is the perfect gathering place to socialize with friends, network with colleagues or hang out with the family. Hold your next birthday party or business function in the beautiful spaces of the Recreation Center of Highland Park! The pool, gymnasium, studios (dance and spin) and multi-purpose rooms are all available for rental.

                                                                  IMG_3477The Recreation Center also accommodates large events such as bar & bat mitzvahs. The pool, gymnasiums and multipurpose rooms are available for rental. For more information on renting space at the Recreation Center, contact Debbie Pierce at 847.579.4049 or at

                                                                  Pool Rentals
                                                                  $125 & Up/hour

                                                                  Recreation Center of Highland Park Gymnasium Court Rentals

                                                                  Studio Rentals

                                                                  Multi-purpose Room Rentals
                                                                  Large Room (both rooms): $125/hour
                                                                  Room 101: $50/hour
                                                                  Room 102: $75/hour

                                                                  After Hour Rentals
                                                                  Let us open our doors just for you! The pool, gymnasium, studios and multi-purpose rooms may be rented after business hours. Our facility is perfect for large social events like bar/bat mitzvahs, family reunions, charity events and company outings. Prices vary accordingly. Please contact us for more information.

                                                                  Party Attendants
                                                                  Additional staff may be provided by the Recreation Center of Highland Park for any function held within our facility. If interested, ask for more information when booking. If you wish to provide you own attendant, you must receive approval from the Recreation Center of Highland Park prior to the date of your event.

                                                                  Party Packages
                                                                  Let us do the planning for your party. (Fees based on 20 participants.)

                                                                  Pool Party:
                                                                  $300 & Up

                                                                  Includes 1-hour in the pool followed by 45 minutes in a party room. Lifeguard included.

                                                                  Athletic Party:
                                                                  $300 & Up

                                                                  Includes 1-hour in the gym followed by 45 minutes in a party room. Party attendant included.

                                                                  Zumba/Fitness Fun Party:
                                                                  $300 & Up

                                                                  Includes a 1-hour Zumba or Fitness class followed by 45 minutes in a party room. Instructor included.