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Recreation Center of Highland Park Reopens July 6!

6/26/20 –  Starting Monday, July 6, the Recreation Center of Highland Park will reopen our doors. Following the state’s Phase 4 safety guidelines, we are committed to the health and safety of everyone who visits. As our Center reopens, you will still see the same friendly faces you were used to, but some things will look different.

The CDC tells us that keeping space between each other is one of the best ways to avoid exposure to the COVID-19 virus. We are implementing several safety measures to make sure social distancing can be achieved, including reducing the number of people permitted into the Recreation Center and increasing space between equipment. 

 As a reminder, you may NOT enter the facility if you have any COVID-19 symptoms or from a household with someone with COVID-19 symptoms. Additionally, while at the Recreation Center of Highland Park:

Online Reservations Required

If you are a current member of the Recreation Center of Highland Park, your regular membership will remain on hold, and you will not be charged for your membership. However, advanced reservations and a nominal participation fee will be required.  

Fitness Floor Access – To ensure capacity limits are maintained, we have set up a reservation system with a limited number of 90-minute time blocks. Fitness Floor Access does not include Group Exercise Classes. 

Group Exercise Classes – To ensure capacity limits are maintained, we have set up a reservation system with a limited number of spots per class. Group Exercise classes will be held on the west end of the gym and, eventually, in our Studio One on the lower level. Many of our Group Exercise classes will continue to be outside at The Preserve throughout the summer season. To register for these classes, click here. Group Exercise Classes do not include Fitness Floor Access. 

Reservations must be made online at and can be made up to 7 days in advance, beginning Monday, June 29. A convenient QuickLink to Rec Center reservations will be located on the homepage of the website. 

Participation Fees (applies to the 90-minute time block and Group Exercise Classes)

$5     Current Members
$7     Residents
$10   Non-Residents

All reservations are non-transferable and non-refundable. (In the event of inclement weather, an automatic refund will be given for outdoor classes.) Walk-ins will not be permitted.

Senior Workout Time

We have set aside a specific time for seniors and those residents who are more vulnerable to COVID-19. A 90-minute time slot will be available from 2 – 3:30 pm, Monday – Friday. Beginning Monday, June 29, reservations can be made online or contact the Recreation Center for more information at 847.579.4554. 

Facility Hours

Mon-Thurs: 6 am – 7 pm
Fri- Sun:       6 am – 2 pm 

Entering & Checking In 

Clean & Safe

Throughout our facility, you will find social distancing markers and an increased number of sanitation stations for your hands and for the equipment. You will be required to wipe down the equipment before and after your use with gym wipes located conveniently throughout the facility.

Staff members will be actively monitoring, and cleaning equipment using an EPA registered and hospital-grade disinfectant. All staff members are required to wear masks while on duty.

Cardio Equipment 

You will notice that we have moved some of the cardio equipment to the gym floor to allow for physical distancing. This new “annex space” is located on the east end of the gym closest to the stairs. 

Personal Training 

We have created one-on-one personal training studios for our trainers and their clients for increased physical distancing and privacy. If you are interested in personal training, contact the Recreation Center of Highland Park. 

Services and Amenities Not Open

 Unfortunately, some of our regular services and amenities will not be open during this time:

 Designated bathrooms and family changing rooms will be open.

*The indoor pool is currently under going a renovation to replace the pool shell. We  anticipate this work will be completed by the end of July. Once the work is completed and if guidelines allow for the indoor pool to open, we will communicate the opening plan for the indoor pool.

Remember, the biggest thing you can do to contribute to keeping the Rec Center the safest place for all of our members to be outside of their own homes is to stay home if you are sick or exposed to anyone with COVID-19. We can be safe if we are all working together. We look forward to seeing you soon and being an important part of your fitness routine.