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Recreation Center of Highland Park

1207 Park Ave. West
Highland Park, IL 60035
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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.

Center your body, mind, and soul with yoga class while your kids take swimming lessons; take a challenging indoor cycle class while your spouse enjoys a game of basketball, or meet a friend for a challenging workout on our spacious fitness floor.


Fitness Center/Track
Mon-Thu | 5 am-9:45 pm
Fri | 5 am-7:30 pm
Sat & Sun | 6:30 am-7:30 pm

Indoor Pool 
Mon-Thur | 5:15 am-9 pm
Fri | 5:15 am-7 pm
Sat | 6:30 am-7 pm
Sun | 6:30 am-6 pm

Kid Fit (childcare, additional fee required)
Mon-Thu | 8 am-2 pm and 4:30 pm-7:30 pm
Fri | 8 am-1 pm
Sat and Sun | 8 am-1 pm

Facility Features

  • Six-lane, 25-yard pool offers a variety of programs including group & private swimming lessons, swim classes, lap swim & open swim times
  • Two regulation basketball courts available for Open Gym or Rental
  • 1/12 mile elevated running/walking track. Track usage is free, registered Track pass required. Visit our Membership page for more information.
  • Supervised professional childcare services for children ages 6 months to 10 years available to members and guests
  • 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. Complimentary exercise towel service
  • State-of-the-art audio/visual equipment.
  • Group exercise studios including indoor cycle studio, mind/body studio, and a newly renovated studio with a Queenax suspension training system.
  • Personal training studio
  • Locker rooms


Debbie Pierce, Manager of Facility Operations

Jodi DiTomasso, Manager of Fitness

Kari Acevedo, Aquatics Manager

Bethany Koudelka, Membership Services Supervisor

Lauren Worthey, Fitness Coordinator



The Recreation Center of Highland Park offers a variety of affordable membership options to meet your unique needs. Our 30–day; month-to-month; and annual passes (student, limited, couple, family, and senior) range from $31 – $79 per person/month for residents.

Take a walk on our Indoor Track! Register for your Track Pass today. Track usage is free!

Track Pass Scan Card Fee:
Residents –  Free
Non-Residents – $5

Resolution Solution 6 Week Membership

Kick-off the new year with new fitness goals with Resolution Solution! 

$250 Value for $139 – a 6-week all-access membership + personal training sessions 

Non-members only – must register at the Rec Center by Jan 6 

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$53$63
Senior Annual$45$55
Student Annual$31$41
Limited Annual$31$41
Month to Month$66$76
30 Day$79$89

Couple/FamilyMonthly ResidentMonthly Nonresident
Couple Annual$46/person$56/person
Senior Couple Annual$43/person$53/person
Family* Annual$39/person$44/person

*For the first three family members. Additional family members are free ($114/family).

Day Pass Fees

Resident $12
Non-Resident $15

Not sure if membership is for you… Try a Week Free on Us! (some restrictions apply)

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-2:00pm &

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
$25/month for the first child, $9/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 for one hour of service. Kid Fit members pay 6.00 an hour.

 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$38$48
Senior Annual$30$40
Senior Couple Annual$18/person$25/person
Couple Annual$27/person$37/person
Family Annual$20/person$27/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 memberships must be active for 60 days minimum.
  • Individual: This annual membership is for individuals 18 years of age and older.
  • Limited: Provides individuals 18 years of age and older with daily, full membership privileges to the Recreation Center during the restricted hours of 10:30 am-4 pm.
  • Couple: This annual membership is for two individuals who are sharing the same residence and living expenses.
  • Family: This annual membership is for a minimum of three people, including two adults 18 years of age or older sharing the same residence and living expenses with any children who are unmarried, full-time students through the age of 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. It 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

  • EZ Check: Pay by the month! When signing up for an annual or month-to-month membership, you may have your bank account automatically charged on a monthly basis with no added service fees by providing a voided check at the time of registration.
  • Auto Charge: Pay by the month! When signing up for an annual or month-to-month 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. Members still have the option to pay in full at the beginning of each membership term or use Auto Charge/EZ Check to pay on a monthly basis. (Please note, the $5 per month service charge for the monthly Auto Charge feature still applies). 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 RCHP 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.


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.

Open Gym Schedule December 2019

Sunday December 16:30am-7:45am
Monday December 25:00am-8:15am
Tuesday December 35:00am-8:15am
Wednesday December 45:00am-9:15am
Thursday December 55:00am-8:15am
Friday December 65:00am-8:15am
Saturday December 76:30am-9:15amNo Court Time Available
Sunday December 86:30am-7:45am
Monday December 95:00am-8:15am
Tuesday December 105:00am-8:15am
Wednesday December 115:00am-9:15am
Thursday December 125:00am-8:15am
Friday December 135:00am-8:15am
Saturday December 146:30am-8:45amNo Available Court Time
Sunday December 156:30am-7:45am6:30am-7:15am
Monday December 165:00am-8:15am
Tuesday December 175:00am-8:15am
Wednesday December 185:00am-9:15am
Thursday December 195:00am-8:15am
Friday December 205:00am-8:15am
Saturday December 216:30am-8:45am
Sunday December 226:30am-7:45am
Monday December 235:00am-8:15am


Drop-in Group Fitness 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. Formats include: Indoor Cycle, ZUMBA, Yoga, Strength, Core, Cardio, Flexibility, Boot Camp, WERQ, Water Fitness and much more!

Group Fitness Schedule – Fall 2.0

Group Fitness Class Descriptions

New Fall Yoga at the Rec 

NEW! Rec Fit – Teen Fitness Programs – Fall 2019

NEW! Triathlon Training begins November 3

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.

Fit For Life-Classes For Active Older Adults

Our “Fit for Life” programming offers classes designed specifically for seniors and older adults interested in improving their cardiovascular health, strength, balance and flexibility. These low-cost classes allow those at any physical level to enjoy the benefits and fun of working out in a group setting.

Fit for Life Schedule

Members: Drop-in Group Fitness classes are included in your annual membership.
Non-members: Non Members can purchase a punch card for Group Fitness classes.

During the Rosewood Beach Sand Nourishment Project, the Rec Center has plenty of options for you to still get your ‘zen’ on!

Positive change starts on the inside – gain strength, peace and awaken your mind, and fuel your spirit. Salute the sun with a smile and gracefully work out the kinks and tightness. Whether you are a novice or yogini, we welcome you to experience yoga with the best instructors, at the best location, and the best value!  Positive change starts on the inside – Gain strength and peace!

Namaste right away! Save time by clicking here and pre-purchase your pass.

FALL YOGA – Beginning October 15:

Tue   7:15-8:15am with Marian McNair

Sat   8:00-9:10am with Laura Feldman

Sat   9:15-10:30am with Ann Kiesling

Sun  8:30-9:30am with Trayci Handelman

Sun  9:45-11:00am with Trayci Handelman

Fall Yoga Flier

For additional questions regarding our fitness programs at Rosewood Beach, please contact Lauren Worthey, Fitness Coordinator, at 847-579-4048 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!

To get started with a personal trainer:
1. Call or email Jodi DiTomasso, Manager of Fitness at 847.579.4049 if you have any questions or would like to explore whether personal training is a good option for you.
2. Stop at the first floor Membership Services desk. Please ask for and complete a PT Request form listing your availability, Training Focus and any limitations/prescriptoins you have.
*Please remember: The more availability you give us, the easier it will be to find you a trainer.

Personal Training Rates


Welcome to the Recreation Center of Highland Park Indoor Pool


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. If you want to know specifically what is happening at the pool so you can plan your swim, check out our weekly schedule of programming. New schedules will be posted each week, so you can always know the best time to swim for you.

Fall 2019 Aquatic Schedule

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.

Aquatic Memberships

The Recreation Center of Highland Park and Hidden Creek Aqua Park have come together to offer the ultimate swimming pass. Enjoy both facilities in one pass! Members receive free aquatic drop-in group passes 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.


Classes fill quickly so sign up now to secure your spot! Registration for all classes will close 3 business days prior to the first day of class so sign up early.

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

Paddlers (Ages 3-6) and Little swimmers (ages 6- 15)
Based on the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim curriculum, skill breakdowns in each level provides an idea environment for swimmers to learn skills and water safety as they progress through the program.

Junior Swim and Stroke Development 

Based on the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim curriculum, swimmers continue to refine their strokes an build endurance. aspects of competitive swimming are introduced.

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 2 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 Aquatics 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.


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 and gym are available for rental. For more information on renting space at the Recreation Center, contact Debbie Pierce at 847.579.4047 or at

Pool Rentals
$125 & Up/hour

Recreation Center of Highland Park Gymnasium Court Rentals

Studio Rentals
Studio 1: $150/hour, Studio 1A: $75/hour, Studio 1B: $95/hour
Studio 2: $75/hour

After Hour Rentals
Let us open our doors just for you! The pool, gymnasium, and studios 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. One lifeguard for 1 hour included.

Athletic Party:
$300 & Up
Includes 1-hour in the gym followed by 45 minutes in a party room. One party attendant for 1 hour included.

Zumba/Fitness Fun Party:
$300 & Up
Includes a 1-hour in a studio with a group exercise instructor followed by 45 minutes in a party room.

Pre-School Party | Ages 1-4
$200 & up- Saturday and Sunday after 1:30pm
Enjoy your little ones birthday party in our Kid Fit Room.
Includes 1 1/2 hours in the Kid Fit Room and one party attendant for the 1 1/2 hours. 30 people maximum. 

Let’s Party Together!
The Recreation Center of Highland Park and the Highland Park Country Club offer you elegance, style and fun for your teen party (Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Sweet 16), corporate outing, adult party or fund-raiser. Mix and match the offerings from the Recreation Center and Country Club to create the perfect party for your group. 

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