Recreation Center of Highland Park-Fitness Center and Acquatics

Font: (-) / (+)

Recreation Center of Highland Park

1207 Park Ave. West
Highland Park, IL 60035
[+] Map/Directions

Select A Page:

Get In. Get Fit. Get Happy.

We are committed to the health and safety of everyone who visits the Recreation Center.   Please follow these safety guidelines:



  • You should NOT enter the facility if you have any COVID-19 symptoms or you are from a household with someone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • We encourage you to bring your own yoga mat and or fitness mat.  In the event you do not have one, we will be able to provide one to you.  Exercise mats are available on the Fitness Floor
  • Water fountains are available for bottle fills only. Be sure to bring your own water bottle. 

At the Recreation Center of Highland Park, we are using two new state-of-the-art air filtration systems in our facility, and our staff is following strict, consistent sanitation protocols to ensure you are working out and keeping fit and healthy in a safe and clean environment.   Learn more about the daily investments we are making in your health and safety guidelines. 

We appreciate your compliance with these safety guidelines and procedures for the well-being of our community.


Fitness Floor
Mon-Thu: 5:30 am – 7:30 pm **NOW OPEN from 12-2pm
Fri: 5:30 am – 5 pm
Sat & Sun: 7 am – 1 pm

Registration Desk
Mon-Thu: 5:30 am – 7:30 pm
Fri: 5:30 am – 5 pm
Sat & Sun: 7 am – 1 pm

Indoor Pool ** Please see aquatic page for lap schedule
Mon-Thu: 5:30 am – 6:30 pm
Fri: 5:30 am – 5 pm
Sat & Sun: 7 am – 12:30pm

NEW On the Go Fitness!

Our $5/month subscription gives you 24/7 on-demand access to a complete library of Group Ex classes by your favorite instructors. Whether you are at home, on vacation, in your backyard, or on a business trip, On the Go Fitness will keep you on your fitness path to a stronger, leaner, healthier version of YOU.



Facility Amenities 

Enjoy a great workout at a great price. Our bright and beautiful facility is conveniently located right in the heart of Highland Park.  The Rec Center offers the amenities of a traditional fitness club and is the Park District’s community hub.  It’s the place where you’ll see familiar faces, where the workout is not intimidating, and where you can chat with friends before heading out to manage the rest of your day.

A list of our current amenities:

  • Six-lane, 25-yard pool offers a variety of programs including group & private swimming lessons, swim classes, lap swim & open swim times.  Learn more about our aquatics programs. 
  • Two regulation basketball courts available for Open Gym.
  • Basketball Court rentals are available at designated times.
  • 1/12 mile elevated running/walking track.
  • At this time our KidFit childcare is not available.
  • The 5,850-square-foot fitness center includes treadmills, elliptical trainers, cross trainers, rowing machines, stair climbers, arc trainers, upright and recumbent bikes and a full line of strength and resistance equipment and free weight area.
  • State-of-the-art audio/visual equipment.
  • Group Exercise classes are scheduled in the the Gymnasium, Studio 1, and outdoors.
  • Personal training studio.
  • Locker rooms.
  • Vending machines.
  • Rentals at the Recreation Center are limited at this time, for more information contact Debbie Pierce, at 847.579.4047.


Amy Murrin, Assistant Director, Recreation and Facilities

Jodi DiTomasso, Manager of Fitness 

Kari Acevedo, Aquatics Manager

Jenna Mastrolonardo, Aquatics Supervisor

Nowadays, we are all conscious of staying healthy and only being in clean, safe environments. At the Recreation Center of Highland Park, we are using two new state-of-the-art air filtration systems in our facility, and our staff is following strict, consistent sanitation protocols to ensure you are working out and keeping fit and healthy in the safest environment you can be.

Clean Air

In July, an AirPHX System was installed on both levels of the Rec Center and a new UV Air Filter was installed on the Center’s HVAC system.   AirPhx safely and continuously kills microbes in the air, and everything the air touches 24 hours a day. Because it requires no chemicals or liquid additives, the AirPHX process is organic and safe.  The UV Air Filter, unlike chemical disinfectants,  provides rapid, effective inactivation of microorganisms.  The system provides continuous disinfection of the air, lowering the concentration of mold, bacteria, and viruses.

Safety & Sanitation Protocols

Following the State’s safety guidelines, we are committed to the health and safety of everyone who visits.  You will still see the same friendly faces you were used to, but some things will look different.  

  • Throughout our facility,  an increased number of sanitation stations for your hands and for the equipment.
  • All members are required to wipe down the equipment before and after  use with gym wipes located conveniently throughout the facility.
  • Staff members  actively monitor, and clean equipment using an EPA registered and hospital-grade disinfectant. 



Personal Training

We have created one-on-one personal training studios for our trainers and their clients for increased physical distancing and privacy.  To schedule a personal training session, contact

Working Together 

Remember, the biggest thing you can do to contribute to keeping the Recreation Center the safest place for everyone to be outside of their own homes is to stay home if you are sick, have been exposed or are vulnerable due to age, compromised immunity or pre-existing condition.

Additionally, while at the Recreation Center of Highland Park, please follow these new face mask guidelines: 



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.

The Recreation Center of Highland Park hours, safety guidelines, and rules are subject to change based on the most current information surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance received from the CDC, LCHD and DCEO. We appreciate your cooperation and value your safety.



“Get Back” to your fitness Routine with new summer membership, pass, and personal training package options! 

Rates are Resident/Non-resident


$60/$70 (Two-month minimum required)

$79/$89 (Expires after 30 days)

Both options are Full Facility: Fitness, Aqua and Group Ex.



30-Day Senior and Student Special (Sale ends September 30)

Includes Fitness Floor, Indoor and Outdoor Group Ex Classes, and Lap Swimming.  Reservations required for group ex classes. 



Already a member? Reservations are required for all group exercise classes.

Make your reservations here:

Group Ex


Non-member Daily Pass

You must designate the type of daily pass (Fitness floor, Group Ex, or Lap Swim).  As an added bonus, you may use the other two amenities with your pass if space is available.  Please check-in at the front desk prior to using the other services.  Reserve and purchase, click on the links below.

Fitness Floor
Group Ex
Lap Swim

All Access 7-Day Pass

Includes access to Fitness Floor, Indoor and Outdoor Group Ex Classes, and Lap Swimming. Reservations required for group ex classes. Limited 1 per person. Expires 7 days from date of purchase.



Open Gym is Back! Check out the schedule and come play!

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

Included with Recreation Center Memberships!

 Single Visit10-Pass
  • Members and non-members are welcome!
  • All participants must check in at the first floor front desk and receive a wristband which must be worn 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, school ID, and/or valid identification must be presented at the front desk and all players must sign in. You will be given a wristband that you are required to wear during your participation.
  • No private training during open gym times.


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

Open Gym Schedule September 2021, Face Coverings Required for Open Gym

Friday, September 1710:30am-4:45pm5:30am-4:45pm
Saturday, September 1810:30am-12:45pm7:00am-12:45pm
Sunday, September 1910:30am-12:45pm7:00am-12:45pm
Monday, September 2010:30am-7:15pm5:30am-4:45pm
Tuesday, September 2110:30am-7:15pm5:30am-5:45pm
Wednesday, September 2210:30am-7:15pm5:30am-7:15pm
Thursday September 2310:30am-7:15pm5:30am-7:15pm
Friday, September 2410:30am-4:45pm5:30am-4:45pm
Saturday, September 2510:30am-12:45pm7:00am-12:45pm
Sunday, September 2610:30am-12:45pm7:00am-12:45pm
Monday, September 27Noon-7:15pm5:30am-7:15pm
Tuesday, September 2810:30am-7:15pm5:30am-4:45pm
Wednesday, September 2910:30am-7:15pm5:30am-7:15pm
Thursday, September 3010:30am-7:15pm5:30am-7:15pm
Friday, October 110:30am-4:45pm5:30am-4:45pm
Open Gym is Back! Check out the schedule, wear a comfortable face covering and come shoot some hoops!

Reservations are required for all indoor and outdoor Group Exercise classes.  To make reservations, click here or see schedule below.

Outdoor classes are moved indoors when there is inclement weather. Participants will be notified via an email approximately one hour before class start time if a class moved indoors. No refunds will be given if a class is moved indoors.

Receive our weekly email for updates about the facility and group fitness, click here to sign up.


The best and most efficient way to reach your fitness goals is to enlist the guidance of 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!

Personal training is open to the public.

To ensure the health and safety of our personal training clients and trainers, the Recreation Center follows these guidelines.


To view our personal training fee options, click here: RCHP Personal Training Rates


To get started with a personal trainer:
Call or email Jodi DiTomasso, Manager of Fitness at 847.579.4049 or if you have any questions or would like to explore whether personal training is a good option for you.


Welcome 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. An aquatic Master training is available to develop your water workout.


  • Recreation Center of Highland Park – 30 Day Membership | Ages 11 and Up*
    This membership includes 30 days of unlimited, full access to the fitness center, group exercise classes, RCHP aquatics center and the running/walking track. Advanced reservations for each area is required to enter the Recreation Center. The track is included in your fitness floor reservation and only requires a sign-in when you are in the facility.$79 per month for Residents / $89 per month for Non-Residents.  
  • Recreation Center of Highland Park – Month to Month Membership | Ages 11 and Up*This membership includes unlimited, full access to the fitness center, group exercise classes, RCHP aquatics center and the running/walking track. Advanced reservations for each area are required to enter the Recreation Center. The track is included in your fitness floor reservation and only requires a sign-in when you are in the facility. No annual obligation is required for this membership, however there is a minimum 2-month commitment. 30 days notice is required to cancel.$60 per month for Residents / $70 per month for Non-Residents. A valid credit or debit card is required at the time of purchase to schedule your monthly payments.

*11 and 12 year old’s must complete the “Introduction to Fitness” program to obtain membership (Additional fee required.   Must purchase pass in-person at RCHP)

Membership Page.


Click here to view the indoor pool schedule.

Swim Lessons

Classes fill quickly so sign up now to secure your spot! Registration for all classes close three business days prior to the first day of class.

Questions regarding swim lessons or would you like to take a placement test? Contact:

Jenna Mastrolonardo

The Recreation Center offers swimming lesson programs for all ages and all levels. Our Red Cross Learn-to-Swim curriculum provides an ideal environment for swimmers to learn proper swimming skills and water safety as they progress and build their endurance through the program.

Adult Swimming Programs 

Water Introduction Program (parent & tot – 6 mo – 3 yrs) 

Paddlers (Ages 3-6) 

Little Swimmers (ages 6- 15)

Junior Swim and Stroke Development (ages 6-15)

Private Lessons
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. To sign up for private swim lessons, complete the Private Lesson Request Form.

Private Lessons
1 student with 1 instructor
30 Minute Lesson45 Minute Lesson
*Member 4-Pack$120$150
Non-Member 4-Pack$160$210
Semi-Private Lessons
2-4 students with 1 instructor
30 Minute Lesson45 Minute Lesson
*Member 4-Pack$80/student$120/student
Non-Member 4-Pack$100/student$140/student

*Includes: Members, Recreation Center Family Memberships, Aquatic Family Memberships, and families currently enrolled in a Learn-to-Swim program. Hidden Creek AquaPark Memberships are also included between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Make-Up Policy
The Park District does not guarantee a participant’s ability to make up a class that is missed. All make-ups must follow these guidelines.

  • Limit of 1 make-ups per session
  • Make-Up Request Form must be complete prior to arriving to class. Forms can be picked up at the pool desk or the earlier link and then turned in to the Learn to Swim Coordinator.
  • Participants can only make-up at their same level.
  • If a participants shows up to a class that is full, the class will not be overloaded to accommodate a make-up.
  • Reserving a make-up slot and then not showing up will count as the make-up lesson.
  • Call  847.579.4554 with day of lesson requests and questions.