January Open Gym Schedule

About the Prairie Activity & Recreation Center (PARC)

The Prairie Activity & Recreation Center–PARC–is a 40,000 square foot rec facility at Gregory B. Bott Park, 24550 W. Renwick Rd. in Plainfield, IL. It includes a full-size gym, a 4,000-square-foot fitness center, fitness studio, elevated walking track, 4 preschool classrooms, as well as a 1,600-square-foot multi-purpose room and office space.

PARC is the first recreation center in the State of Illinois with a Net-Zero certification, having received its Passive House Certification in the fall of 2019.

While some buildings aim for LEED certification standards that show their energy efficient building standards, PARC’s certification means that it creates as much energy as it uses. About 18,000 square feet of the roof is covered in solar panels capable of producing 213 kilowatts of electricity on site with excess energy that can be banked to offset natural gas usage.

PARC through the use of triple glazed windows and super energy efficient insulated walls that maintain heat in the winter and cool temperatures in the summer months.

PARC received a $1 million grant from Illinois Clean Energy Foundation to help it achieve the net-zero designation and also to offset the cost of construction.

Fitness at PARC

As one of its core values, the Plainfield Park District seeks to promote a lifestyle of fitness across all segments of the community we serve. That includes providing programs and recreation opportunities for healthy living.

A fitness membership at PARC is a great first step toward a more active, healthy lifestyle for residents with opportunities to walk or run on the elevated track, grab a workout in the fitness center, or take a fitness class that fits your schedule. The open gym offers times for families to come play and teens to meet their friends for a game of basketball after school. The PARC court is also open for volleyball and has enough space for 4 pickleball courts too.

Members also have low-cost options for taking fitness classes with our Group X Pass and for working with a personal trainer to add focus and motivation to you workout routine.

Residents of the Plainfield Park District can waive the $75 joiners fee and there are plans for just about every budget with track- and open gym-only memberships, discount memberships for seniors and youth, and adult memberships starting at less than $300 per year.

Learn more about PARC fitness memberships here.

Room Rentals at PARC

The 1600-foot multipurpose room at PARC is the perfect place to host your next birthday or graduation party, wedding reception, bridal shower, family gathering, or community meeting.

The over-sized gym can be converted into one full-size basketball court or two junior High courts, or two full-size volleyball courts, or four pickle ball courts.

PARC is centrally located with easy access from nearby IL Route 59.

You can apply by filling out the application agreement which includes rates, room capacities, and other available amenities.

Take a Virtual Tour of PARC!

  • Room Rental Agreement Form

  • Child Care During Your Workout

    Call ahead, schedule subject to change

    Child Care Hours: Monday – Thursday: 5-8p (Preschool room #4 – green room)

    Age Restrictions: Children must be between ages of 1 – 11 years

    Fees: Members – $3/hr (max 2 hours) or $30 punch card (10 visits)

    Child Care Rules:

    • Children are the number one priority in the child care area.  We will provide fun in a safe environment.
    • Check-in and pick-up will require parent/guardian photo identification. Parent/guardian must state where they will be; group exercise, walking the track or fitness center.
    • Check-in at the Guest Services counter to ensure there is room for your child before paying.
    • There is a two-hour maximum per day. All children must be picked up promptly at closing hours, regardless of time dropped off.
    • Each child must have an information card on file.
    • Food and drinks are not allowed inside the child care area.
    • Children are only allowed in the child care area during designated hours.
    • Parent/Guardian will be called back to child care room if a child cannot be comforted after 10 minutes, or needs assistance in the washroom. We have changing tables located in all our restrooms.
    • Parental/Guardian assistance may be needed if a child is exhibiting disruptive behavior.  If disruptive behavior continues on a consistent basis, child care privileges may be temporarily withheld.
    • Staff cannot administer medication or change diapers for any child. Diaper changing area is available in the family restrooms.
    • Max of 10 children in the child care room.

Contact Us

Plainfield Park District
Recreation Administration Center
23729 W. Ottawa St.
Plainfield, IL. 60544

(815) 436-8812