Twenty years ago, officials within the Dundee Township Park District started talking about building a new recreation center. And evidence of those talks has finally come to fruition.
The 53,000-square-foot Randall Oaks Recreation Center will open its doors to the public on Monday, a full month ahead of schedule, said Jim Miller, deputy director of the Dundee Township Park District.
The building, at 500 N. Randall Road in West Dundee, was expected to cost $12.43 million, but came in $250,000 under budget, which means extra money for the district’s capital projects budget.
The new rec center offers a double gymnasium, a fitness center with 80 machines, an elevated track, a tuition-based preschool, a group exercise studio, a multipurpose room and a baby-sitting room.
Other perks include locker rooms, a machine that refills water bottles and comfortable bleachers.
Moreover, the Fox River Valley Public Library is leasing space within the building for its new west side branch. You can start checking out books during the branch’s grand opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25, library director Roxane Bennett said.
Besides books of all types, there will be public computers, DVDs and Blu-ray discs. “(We’re) very excited,” Bennett said. “We’re as excited as the community. We know this has been highly anticipated.”