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Camelot Community Center to Close for Major Renovation

 
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Will be closed beginning 9/11/13
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Pre-construction activities to start week of 9/11

Camelot Community Center (Camelot) is getting a new life in the form of a major overhaul beginning September 11 for upgrades that will ensure its longevity as a community recreation resource. This will be the second major facility improvement, in recent Arlington Heights Park District (AHPD) history, funded primarily by capital budget and grant monies; and will not increase property taxes. The first major renovation was the new Pioneer Community Center completed in 2008.

The project, estimated at $5.83 million dollars includes funding assistance from a $2.5 million dollar grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

While the renovation will cause a short-term closure of the center and affect programming, the benefits to the 44 year-old building will be significant, including much needed upgrades and an improved overall recreation experience for the enjoyment of the community.

Construction, to include an additional 13,842 square feet, will begin in early October 2013. When completed and open to the public, anticipated to be in the fall of 2014, the new Camelot will maintain the existing building’s footprint while incorporating upgraded, energy efficient electrical and mechanical systems, a new gymnasium with elevated walking track, new programming space, new preschool room, a new main entryway to the building, a new lobby, expanded parking and more.

During the closure, the Camelot staff, preschool and all recreation programming, including athletics, will move to other nearby Park District facilities to meet customer needs. Camelot’s preschool program will be temporarily relocated to the Olympic Indoor Swim Center and other recreation programs such as karate, basketball and soccer will be managed by staff out of the Heritage Community Center. Camelot’s outdoor amenities including the basketball courts, picnic shelter and playground area will close once major construction begins in early October. The tennis courts, baseball fields and volleyball courts will remain open for public use during construction. It is uncertain at this time if the outdoor ice rink will be available this winter, however, swimmers will be pleased to know that Camelot’s swimming pool will be open for use during the summer of 2014. Members of the community are encouraged to use the library drop box at Frontier Park during the Camelot construction.

Camelot Community Center is one of five facilities slated for improvements over the next several years as part of a long-term Capital Plan to renovate all community centers by the Arlington Heights Park District’s Centennial in the year 2025.

Camelot Park renovation highlights include the following:
  • Renovations will be made to the existing bath house/community center and will include the construction of a 12,950 sf. addition along the south elevation which will house a gymnasium with an elevated walking track. The new Camelot building including the aquatic center area will measure approximately 24,976 sf.
  • Improvements to the existing recreation program rooms.
  • A new main entryway to the building will be made available on the west side of the building.
  • A new lobby will welcome community center users with a control desk and a new office area.
  • Improved programming space.
  • Reconfiguration of the parking lot from a two-way to a one-way system with angled parking.
  • Expansion of the parking on site from 45 to 65 spaces.
  • Elimination of the existing driveway off Suffield Drive across from Dryden Place, and shift the west driveway along Suffield Drive so that it aligns with Stuart Drive.
  • Relocation of the pickup / drop off area from north of the building to the west side of the building.
  • Construction of a detention basin between the reconfigured basketball and existing tennis courts.
  • Installation of a fire lane along the south elevation that extends from the new pickup / drop off area to Brighton Place.

Wondering what is happening on the Camelot Community Center construction project? Click on About/Capital Improvements/Camelot Park.

Want a list of local facilities for alternate use during the renovation? Click on the Camelot Park Capital Improvement Project’s Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information about the Capital Improvement Plan, Projects and Funding Sources, click here or call the Department of Parks and Planning at 847.577.3009.

For more information about Camelot’s recreation programs including athletics, please contact Kevin Keister, Recreation Supervisor at the Heritage Community Center at 847.577.3020.

Media inquiries should be directed to Anita Pacheco, Supt. of Marketing & Communications at 847.506.7141. 

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