Dome Replacement Project
2205 Skokie Valley Road
Start Date
Summer 2024
End Date
Spring 2025

This project proposes the replacement of the existing 15-year-old dome, with a new dome structure to address the wear and tear of the existing dome.

The new dome will feature:

  • 10 pickleball courts
  • 4 padel courts
  • reception area with a pro shop and concessions
  • restrooms

The existing site is a collaboration between the City of Highland Park and the Park District of Highland Park.  Consistent with the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act, the City owns the land, and the Park District manages all operations at the site through a 99-year Lease Agreement. The current Dome is owned by a third-party (Grantee) who is permitted to rent space for indoor recreation uses such as soccer, lacrosse, and other similar sports consistent with the terms of a Concession and Site Agreement (Dome Agreement). This Agreement was initiated in 2009 and has since been extended several times. The final term for the Agreement expired in April 2024.

In August 2023, the Park District released a request for proposals for a new long-term agreement that would meet the needs of the community.  The Park District did not receive a proposal from the current Grantee but did receive three alternative proposals. In January 2024, after an extensive review process, the Park District enthusiastically accepted a proposal from Highland Park native Ronald Saslow for an indoor pickleball and padel facility. Mr. Saslow is contributing a major portion of the funding for the new facility, which will now be a year-round paddle facility.    

The goal is to open this new paddle facility during the winter of 2024-2025. It’s an ambitious timeline: purchase the dome and have the installation completed by November. The cost for both materials and installation of the air supported structure (dome) is roughly $1.4M. Construction of the court surface; the interior furniture, fixtures, and amenities; and adding utility services for sewer, water, and electric, will bring the total to roughly $4.2M. While a significant portion is covered by the generous donation from Mr. Saslow, the Parks Foundation of Highland Park is actively seeking donations and sponsorships to raise $600,000 to make the new indoor paddle facility a reality.