The Plainfield Park District shared, at their July 2017 board meeting, the new community center proposed blue prints and a building rendering concepts. The Prairie Activity & Recreation Center (PARC) will be a two-story multi-center to be built at Bott Park (formerly Renwick), 24550 W. Renwick Rd., Plainfield.
Jennifer Rooks-Lopez, Director of Parks and Planning, said that “the Park District is hoping to complete the new building by December 2018 and opened to the public in January 2019.”
In November 2016 the Plainfield Park District passed a referendum to finance the new recreation center with issuing bonds in the amount of $10.5 million. Along with the referendum the Park District has been awarded an Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Grant in the amount of $1 million.
The grant program is designed to help offset additional costs required to make the facility a net zero energy building.
The facility is approximately 40,000 square feet. The lower level will include a multi-court gymnasium, preschool classrooms and multi-purpose room, among other features. The second floor will consist of a multi-lane walking/jogging track, health and fitness exercise area and restrooms.
Once completed Executive Director, Carlo Capalbo stated “that PARC will provide a much-needed facility for the just over 105,000 residents the park district serves. He said that several programs like its basketball league can be held at the facility which currently depends on the use of school district courts. Capalbo said that the district encompasses just over 43 square miles with parks and facilities serving both Will and Kendall Counties including parts of Plainfield Township, Wheatland Township, Bolingbrook, Crest Hill, Joliet, Plainfield, and Romeoville.”