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Recreation Center of Highland Park

1207 Park Ave. WestRCHP_10th_Anniversary_FInal
Highland Park, IL 60035
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Facility Hours: 5:00am – Noon

Aquatic Center: 5:15am – 11:30am

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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.

November 23-December 8

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
Monday, November 235:00-9:30am, 10:45am-5:00pm, 7:30-9:30pm5:00am-5:00pm,
Tuesday, November 245:00-9:30am, 10:45am-7:00pm, 8:00-9:30pm5;00am-5:00pm, 7:00-9:30pm
Wednesday, November 255:00-9:30am, 10:45am-9:30pm7:30am-9:30pm
Thursday, November 265:00-8:00am, 10:30-11:45am5:00-10:15am
Friday, November 275:00-9:30am, 10:45am-7:15pm5:00-8:30am, 9:30am-6:00pm
Saturday, November 286:30-9:00amADULTS ONLY, 9:00am-7:15pm9:00am-7:15pm
Sunday, November 2911:00am-7:15pm11:00am-7:15pm
Monday, November 305:00-9:30am, 10:45am-6:00pm, 8:00-9:30pm5:00am-7:00pm,
Tuesday, December 15:00-9:30am, 10:45am-5:00pm, 8:00-9:30pm5;00am-5:00pm, 6:00-9:30pm
Wednesday, December 25:00-9:30am, 10:45am-5:30pm, 8:30-9:30pm7:30am-6:30pm
Thursday, December 3
5:00-9:00am, 12:00-6:30pm5:00-9:00am, 12:00-4:00pm, 5:30-8:00pm
Friday, December 45:00-9:30am, 10:45am-7:15pm5:00-8:30am, 9:30am-6:00pm
Saturday, December 56:30-9:00amADULTS ONLY, 1:00-7:15pm1:00-7:15pm
Sunday, December 6
No Open GymNo Open Gym
Monday, December 75:00-9:30am, 10:45am-6:00pm, 8:00-9:30pm5:00am-7:00pm,
Tuesday, December 85:00-9:30am, 10:45am-5:00pm, 8:00-9:30pm5:00am-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.

NEW! The Late Fall Group Exercise Schedule is now available to download here. For class descriptions click here.

Our Fall 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.

Start Your Day Off In A Relaxing Way!

Join us for yoga a the newly renovated Rosewood Beach. Wake up with yoga on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan as you stretch your body awaken your mind, and fuel you spirit. Salute the sun with a smile and gracefully work out and kinks and tightness. You’ll feel energized, have amazing mental clarity, and will be ready to flow through your day with ease. Please note that yoga mats for this class are limited and are at a first come first served basis. Students are encouraged to bring their own mats.Yoga4


Rosewood Beach: In case of inclement weather, yoga will take place inside the Interpretive Center at Rosewood Beach.

Late Fall Session: 6 Weeks

Fee is Member/Nonmember- Resident/Nonmember-Nonresident. 10-Punch Pass may be purchased at the Recreation Center of Highland Park lobby or fitness desk.

Nov 5 – Dec 20

*no class Thu Nov 26 and Sun Nov 29*

39245 Thu 7:20-8:20am $36/$54/$72

39226 Sun 8:30-9:30am $36/$54/$72

10-Punch Pass $90/$120/$150

Are you looking to try out a class before registering for a full session or purchasing a 10 punch pass? Purchase a 1-day pass for Rise & Shine Yoga by visiting the Recreation Center lobby desk or purchase a pass online by clicking here (a service fee applies to online purchases). If you purchase your pass at the Recreation Center, bring your 1-day pass card to the beach and provide it to the attendant during check-in. If you purchase your pass online, either print your confirmation or show your confirmation page on your phone to the yoga attendant.

1-Day Pass

$15 – Member

$17 – Resident/Nonmember

$20 – Nonresident/Nonmember

For additional questions regarding Rise and Shine Yoga, please contact Natalie Lyman, Membership Services Supervisor, at 847-579-4062 or

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
Julie Ackermann
Group Exercise Instructor
Julie is former Big Ten scholarship athlete who competed at the regional and national level in diving. She is a registered nurse and has a BSN & MSN in nursing. She is nationally certified in group exercise instruction by AFAA and holds certifications in ‘Tabata Boot camp’ and ‘Insanity’. She is working toward her NASM personal training certification. Julie teaches high intensity interval training classes and kettlebells. She is passionate about exercise and nutrition and believes interval training is the most effective way to fitness.
Susan Anderson
Group Exercise Instructor
25 yrs fitness and dance field AFAA,AEA,BTS,arthritis certifications Multi discipline certificates International and national judge NAC. 20 yrs Accomplished classical ballet artist Owner west shore marine 11 yrs
Milana Astorino
Group Exercise Instructor
For over twenty years, Milana Astorino has taught at various fitness clubs, dance studios, and schools throughout the Chicago and North Shore area. She is an American Council on Exercise certified group exercise leader, and personal trainer. She holds a degree in Sports Management and Exercise Science. Currently, Milana teaches all formats of classes, and is training/coaching individuals of all types and ages. She works with dancers and athletes who want to improve their skill level, well-being and performance in their field.
Jessica Berger
Group Exercise Instructor
Yoga Instructor (200 RYT) Jessica's classes concentrate on linking the movement of the physical practice with the energy of the breath. She believes students benefit the most when the right balance between challenge/intensity and relaxation/release is achieved. Her goal is to give students an experience where they can be transported from the craziness of their daily lives into a grounded, calm space that allows them to deeply focus on their body and breath for the duration of the class. In keeping concentrated awareness of body alignment and breath control, her hope is for students to become more present and in tune with themselves, ultimately cultivating a lasting state of mindfulness and peace.
Tev Bond
Group Exercise Instructor
Tev has taught group fitness throughout the United States. She started sharing her love for health and fitness when she taught her first class as a teenager. She holds several certifications including; AFAA, TRX, WERQ and Pure Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training. Her fitness background combined with cutting edge exercise philosophy, provides her the expertise to teach an extensive range of classes.
Michael Buss
Group Exercise Instructor
Kris Citron
Personal Trainer
Certifications: SCW Personal Training ACE Personal Training Cancer Wellness Fundamental Exercise & Balance for the Older Adult Lifestyle Weight Management Worked for a weight loss institution for most of my early career, I found dieting to be the quick solution to weight loss, but also came to realize a healthy, active lifestyle was the only way to weight management. So following this path, I became a personal trainer and fitness instructor at the age of 50.
Lis Collins
Group Exercise Instructor
Lis Collins is a Glenbrook North High School alum. She played volleyball and softball throughout her high school years and continued on to play softball at Hofstra University. At Hofstra, Lis studied Athletic Training and Psychology. Upon graduation she completed an Athletic Training internship with the Chicago Sky, WNBA. Lis is now a full time fifth grade teacher in Northbrook, IL. She teaches cycle classes in her free time to keep in shape for triathlon season. She also has spent her summers coaching travel girls softball. "The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have." Vince Lombardi
Jodi D'Tomasso
Sharon Durrett
Group Exercise Instructor
Jerry Eichengreen
Group Exercise Instructor
- I was born and raised in Texas. In 1968 I left the Univ. of Texas at Austin to go work for Eastern Airlines. I arrived in Chicago January of 1969 and meant to transfer a.s.a.p., but here I am, still, 46 years later. I started studying yoga and practicing three days a week for years until I took instructor training and was certified in August of 1978. My main instructor and the person who oversaw my certification was Ramona Churvis who was taught by Swami Vishnu Devananda, a student of Sivananda. I am proud of the respected lineage of the master instructors I had. I have been to many other excellent instructor classes and workshops and I have learned something from every one of them. I consider myself not only a teacher, but a student as well. The style of “my yoga” I would say is traditional. It is adaptable for individuals, safe and along with stretching, toning and strengthening, relaxation is a very important component. I am currently teaching gentler classes like “Yoga with a Chair”. It might surprise many to know how effective and adaptable this can be. Great for anyone, but especially one who is older, ready to get in shape or recovering from illness or injury.
Lisa Freeman
Group Exercise Instructor
Laura Feldman
Group Exercise Instructor
I first began practicing yoga in 2001 and immediately felt a connection to the poses, the structure of the classes, and the people practicing alongside me. As my journey progressed, I began appreciating the mindfulness and focus of the yoga practice, and the benefits that calmed mind, body and soul. I earned my 200 hour yoga teaching certification in 2011 through Pure Yoga and have been teaching at the Recreation Center of Highland Park since 2012. My classes are a sequence of flowing yoga poses that link movement to breath. The emphasis is placed both on proper alignment to enhance strength, flexibility, balance, and deeper poses to quiet the mind and allow one to leave class feeling renewed. I always believe grace and humor are part of the package. As I enjoy the never ending yoga journey, I continue to be inspired by my teachers and my students, our evolving practices and the integration of the yoga mindset with life off of our mats.
Judy Friedman
Personal Trainer
Judy Friedman- comes to personal training with a lifelong passion for fitness, nutrition, and wellness. She is certified as a Personal Trainer and Group Strength Instructor with particular focus on active senior (age 60+) populations. Proper form, mechanics and execution are priorities in Judy's training methods, combined with a sensitive approach to motivating people. Judy keeps current with constantly evolving fitness research, integrating balance, agility and functional moves into traditional cardio/resistance training programs. Her specialty training includes Midlife Fitness for Women, Advanced Functional Training, and Mechanics of Injury Prevention, Longevity Training for seniors, and Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics Fundamentals.
Katie Froelich
Group Exercise Instructor
After 15 years as a school teacher, I have chosen to join my love of teaching with my love of yoga. As a teacher, I understand that we all have our own style and pace of learning which navigates us through life. I know how important it is to be open enough to truly see each student as they are. I aspire to help my students realize all they are capable of; mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. While yoga keeps me in excellent physical health, it is not only an exercise for me, it grounds me. I found yoga at a very difficult time in my life, and discovered a community that I loved and welcomed me. I intend to cultivate a safe space, in which each of my students sense a feeling of belonging as they courageously challenge themselves in their yoga journey.
Laura Goltz
Group Exercise Instructor
Justin Hanlin
Personal Trainer
Certified Personal Trainer – ACE, SCW Certified USA Boxing Coach 15years of training experience collegiate athlete IKF Kickboxing Champion Trains Ages 10-100 “Train Smarter and Trainer Harder”
Lisa Hoffman
Group Exercise Instructor
Lisa’s passion for indoor cycling began in 1995. After taking her first class at Chicago’s East Bank Club, she was hooked! She incorporated it into her daily exercise routine, alternating it with running and yoga. As a lifelong runner, Lisa loves that indoor cycling gives her that same endorphin rush and intense cardio workout as running, without the excessive stress on the body. She has always been interested in fitness, running track, playing softball, biking, participating in her college’s running club, and playing ice hockey with her sorority. As her love of indoor cycling grew, so did her to desire to pass that on to others, she became a certified Madd Dogg Spinning® instructor in February of 2012. Lisa loves teaching and especially enjoys making playlists. She is motivated by inspiring people to reach their fitness goals. Aside from teaching indoor cycling classes and working as a Paralegal, Lisa enjoys spending her spare time with her ever growing family and friends. Lisa is excited to be a part of Joyride’s team!
Amy Hohman
Group Exercise Instructor
Certifications AEA, ACE, SCW, Kieser Cycle, Mad Dog Cycle, Johnny G Spinning, Schwinn Cycle Certificates Stability Ball, Body Pump, BOSU, Pre & Post Natal, Pilates Mat, Jungle Gym XT Level 1, TRX Suspension. My areas of experience are in; balance, core, flexibility, stability, strength, free weight training, functional training, cardio-aqua/spin, circuit training, seniors I use a personalized, hands-on approach, keeping the workout simple, functional and challenging for all ages, emphasizing proper form, technique, and posture incorporating Yoga and Pilates into each workout. I believe personal trainers can help clients achieve health, fitness, functional and athletic goals. In addition, the client will be provided with motivation and encouragement to help them stay focused, develop a safe and effective exercise program dedicated to their personal needs and help accomplish their fitness goals.
Judy Hurd
Group Exercise Instructor
Solid background in fitness industry: managed own business, coordinated exercise marathons, experienced in teaching a variety of class formats and students of all fitness levels, worked with fitness directors and other instructors in developing programs to improve member services. Sixteen years in the computer industry as a project manager, training specialist, business analyst, consultant, instructor, and systems analyst and programmer. Worked at Atlantic Richfield Oil Company, IBM and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Also, taught 8th grade algebra and geometry. Earned a B.S. degree from Purdue University and a M.A. degree from National Louis University. Have certifications through: AFAA, AEA, BTS / Group Power, Group Step, Cinergy, Group Groove, Group Active, Group Core, Les Mills / Body Step, Body Pump & Body Flow, Zumba, Johnny G Spinning. Teach all formats including strength, Pilates, dance, Yoga, aqua as well as senior fitness and Parkinson's.
Karen Jarger
Personal Trainer
Karen is an ACE certified personal trainer. In addition to her personal training certification she also holds certifications in SMRT-Core, TRX Group Suspension Training Level 1, TRX Force Trainer Level 2, Barre Basics and R.I.P.P.E.D training as well as being CPR/AED certified. Karen also specializes in TRX group fitness classes’ youth through adult. Karen’s love of fitness goes back to early childhood when she was a gymnast and learned the importance of training, nutrition, endurance and commitment. Continuing her love of fitness and nutrition into adulthood Karen’s interest in nutrition motivated her to successfully complete a Professional Culinary Program. Karen enjoys working with people of all ages. Her goal is to have clients reach their goal and to continually inspire them on their path to success.
Bill Kelley
Group Exercise Instructor
Physical fitness expert for over seventeen years. Former Army Master Fitness Trainer, responsible for the physical fitness training of Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force military personnel. Also assisted government employees in reaching their fitness/wellness goals. Graduate of the prestigious U.S. Army Master Fitness Trainer Course as well as the U.S. Navy Exercise Leader Course.
Melissa Kerpel
Group Exercise Instructor
Certifications: AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) Group Exercise Instructor Certification Zumba® Instructor Certification Aqua Zumba® Instructor Certification Zumba® Toning Instructor Certification Zumbatomic® (Zumba Kids) Instructor Certification Zumba® Gold Instructor Certification Zumba® Instructor Convention 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 WERQ Certification CPR and AED Certifications Black Belt, Shotokan Karate Melissa is an AFAA certified group fitness instructor, is CPR and AED certified, and teaches Zumba® and Aqua Zumba® fitness classes all over the North Shore! She has been teaching Zumba® classes for over five years and loves every minute of it. The reason is simple: Every class feels like a party! You don’t even have to know how to dance. Just move your body and follow her lead. It’s easy! Come try it, Melissa guarantees that you will have a blast! She looks forward to meeting you!
Sammy Lawrence
Group Exercise Instructor
Ruben Markosyan
Personal Trainer
Ruben is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Massage Therapist at European Healing and Massage Therapy School in Chicago, Illinois (focused on Swedish full body, deep tissue, stress and tension relieve and massage for common injuries.) He also specialized in teaching Circuit Training and Ultimate Barbell Classes. Because he holds a degree in human physiology, he is convinced that the process of training people is really a series of elaborate scientific problems. With each new training cycle Ruben, as the personal trainer, tries to change the functional efficiency of each individual participant to reach their potential, and even surpass it. Ruben’s goal is to design a fitness program that can only be properly accomplished by having an understanding of the client's goals and abilities. When you give 110%, exercise is 100% mental power and 10% physical power. Train the brain and the rest will follow!
Debbie Moller
Group Exercise Instructor
Certified Yoga Instructor since 2006. Completed the 200- hour teacher training certification course through MOKSHA Yoga Center in Chicago, Illinois. Certified Group Fitness Instructor since 2003. Completed the American Council on Exercise (ACE) course for Group Fitness Instructor and continued to accumulate continuing education courses to keep the certification active. I have had the pleasure of learning and teaching many formats of group exercise over the years to many diverse groups of people. Seeing folks develop new skills and apply the knowledge to achieve health, fitness, and a sense of accomplishment is what fuels me to be a caring and innovative instructor. My current path has led me to yoga, a discipline in which I love working with new and continuing students. Yoga can have a profound impact on people, and I love to inspire students to explore and experiment with breathing techniques and physical poses to achieve a higher sense of awareness and satisfaction.
Ellen Morgan
Group Exercise Instructor
Ellen holds an ACE GOLD Certification in Group Fitness. Branching her horizons in the industry, Ellen holds certifications in Cycling, Pilates Mat, MVE Chair, Will Power and Grace, Zumba, Barre, and has studied Nutrition and Senior Fitness. Her love of dance and music, passion for teaching, and dynamic personality have kept Ellen in the Fitness Industry since 1985. “Each day is a new opportunity to better the lives of my students through movement, self-awareness, and motivation!”
Yael Behar Morgenstern
Group Exercise Instructor
Yael is a 30 year veteran in the fitness industry. Born in Israel, Yael has cultivated her love of dance and movement, on 4 continents. Classically trained in ballet she received her BFA in dance therapy from York University in Toronto. Yael has taught children and adults the joy of movement from: hip hop, step, and aqua aerobics to funky fitness, now focusing on spin for the last 7 years in the United States. Yael brings international flair to all her classes – high octane world beat music pulses behind her energetic encouragement for every student. Multilingual, she hasn’t met a person she can’t make laugh. When not in the gym, Yael enjoys the outdoors and together with husband Fred, nurtures two beautiful sons and two handsome Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Join her anytime for funk and fun!
Dana Pieper
Group Exercise Instructor
Dana has lead an active lifestyle since childhood. She was a competitive gymnast, a dance and psychology major at University of Michigan, and a working professional dancer before she became a certified instructor in 1999. Moving her body has always been a priority for Dana and inspiring others to do the same has become her passion. In 2012 she launched Everybody Fitness (, a brand emphasizing exercise options and advice for every body and everybody. She currently sells 3 DVDs of her signature workouts and is always looking for and developing new ways to challenge herself and others in her classes. Exercise is a journey they go on together in her classes and she aims to motivate for years to come!
Michelle Rose
Group Exercise Instructor
OTR/L Licensed and Registered Occupational Therapist Since 1995 Certified Zumba Fitness Instructor since 2006 Schwinn Indoor Cycling Trainer through Nautilus Institute since 2006 Certified Pilates Mat work Instructor through Physical Mind Institute since 2006 I started dancing 35 years ago and then began to teach dance and exercise classes because I understood how expressive body movements were not only good exercise but beneficial for release of tension and for one’s positive mind/body connection in daily life. I earned a degree in Occupational Therapy where I could now provide patients with rehabilitative exercises to overcome illnesses and assist them in transitioning back into life successfully in their exercise routines and with their daily living activities. My approach to physical activity is ensuring that there is safety, functionality and enjoyment. My philosophy is that each person should approach every day as an opportunity to partake in a new leisure or physical activity being mindful of one’s own personal fitness levels and being open to taking on new challenges.
Anita Scheindel
Group Exercise Instructor
My teaching began in 1985 at the Multiplex fitness center in Deerfield Water exercises has all the benefits of conditioning, flexibility, strength, and overall feeling of well-being for all participants. Join the pool for a fun workout. Certified in Pilates for Water and Arthritis.
Kathy Shaw
Group Exercise Instructor
Kathy has been practicing yoga for over 14 years, and she obtained her 200-hour teacher certification in 2014. She teaches vinyasa flow and gentle yoga classes, combining thoughtful sequencing and music to create a relaxing environment. Kathy especially enjoys teaching all-level classes where both beginner and experienced yogis can modify poses and sequences to create the practice that is right for each student. Her teaching style emphasizes the ability of the breath to relax both body and mind.
Maya Taurafeldt
Group Exercise Instructor
Maya holds a kinesiology degree from University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been teaching fitness classes since 1999. She specialized in weight training and Pilates, but is also certified in spin and aqua. She is College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified personal trainer and muscle activation technique (MAT) specialist.
Erin Thompson
Group Exercise Instructor
A Wilmette native, Erin first fell in love with yoga as a great workout and a way to combat anxiety. She had no idea it would change her life. Yoga became her constant companion, following her from law school in Virginia, to practicing as a lawyer in New York and Chicago, to her work with the National Forest Service in New Mexico, to anywhere she could take a down dog or a dancer’s pose! The freedom, healing and empowerment that it brought to her life drove Erin to follow yoga to Florida to obtain her 200 hour CYT (Debbie Williamson/Wild Abundant Life). Her passion for yoga is contagious. Erin shares yoga like smiles- openly and with everyone. She teaches powerful yoga as a springboard for a life filled with boundless love, health, awesomeness, and authenticity. Come to Erin’s classes prepared to sweat, play, and challenge your edge!
Armando Valerio
Group Exercise Instructor
My name is Armando and I am originally from Honduras. I am a father of four and currently running my own personal training business. While living in Boston, I attended Newbury College where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration. One of my favorite hobbies is recreational cycling. In 1997, I joined the Massachusetts General Hospital cycling team and began raising funds to help cure multiple sclerosis and cancer. In 2000, I obtained my certification as a Group Fitness Instructor through the Johnny G. Spinning Program. A year later, I was certified as a Personal Trainer through the National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF). My personal mission is to reach as many people as I can and bring happiness and health to their lives through inspiration, coaching, and education on the importance of health and wellness with fitness and proper nutrition.
Barb Waldman
Group Exercise Instructor
I have been a cycle enthusiast for years. About 15 years ago, I took a spin class that hooked me and have taken the outdoor experience indoors. My focus is building a strong aerobic fitness base through endurance and interval training. I like to create a challenging, energetic, and fun class using great music to motivate.
Debbie Wood
Group Exercise Instructor
Debbie Wood-has been a Zumba Fitness® Education Specialist since 2006 and has trained over 8,000 Zumba instructors in various states. Debbie is an ACE and AFAA continuing education credit provider, and is also certified herself as: an ACE and AFAA group exercise instructor; Physical Mind Pilates mat instructor; and ACE personal trainer. She is also certified by Bender Barre and WERQ among others. Debbie attended Northwestern University and the University of Pretoria, South Africa with a diploma in Gym Management. She has over 30 years of experience as a fitness professional and loves to share the joy of movement with others.
Naomi Zelin
Group Exercise Instructor
Naomi is a unique and dynamic teacher who pulls from her personal experience to create a yoga teaching style all her own. She holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and has studied yoga all over the world and has lived in ashrams in Nepal and India. Naomi received her yoga teacher training certificate with CorePower Yoga in 2013, and is continually learning to improve her practice as well as her students. Naomi has a vast knowledge of human psychology and human anatomy, which enables her to bring connection of mind, body and soul. Her classes are brought to life with her fun music and playful personalty.

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 Aquatic Schedule  Aquatic Schedule Rev Effective Nov 16 (003) 2

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 the following dates and times

There are no pool closings at this time.
There is a special Thanksgiving Week Open Swim Schedule listed below:
Monday 12-4pm and 5:30-9pm
Tuesday 2:30-4pm and 5:30-7:30pm
Wednesday 12-9pm
Thursday 10:30-11:30am
Friday 12-7pm

There are no Learn to Swim Classes
November 23-November 28


Water Exercise is offered at the Recreation Center.  Please refer to the Group Fitness Schedule here


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.

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

Session 1:  Jan 9-Feb 13
Session 2: Feb 20-Mar 26

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.