Letter From The President



Arlington Ridge Center is Elevating Our Game. Resulting from our 2017 needs assessment, and as the Olympic Indoor Swim Center neared its 50th birthday, the Park Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to initiate a major renovation and expansion effort to add more indoor walking space and additional opportunities for active aging adults on September 19, 2017. What followed was a series of public meetings where YOU, our residents, gave input into the proposed amenities in late 2017.

YOU also participated in a public naming contest in 2018. Soon, a new ‘one-stop shop’ recreation center with a whole new name, will feature a 5,100 sq. ft. fitness center, a suspended walking track, a double-gymnasium, multi-purpose rooms, and a wellness pool, all centrally located and easily accessible by all.

If it weren’t for resident input whose collaboration was integral to identifying needs now and into the future, we probably wouldn’t be here today unveiling grand opening details for the new Arlington Ridge Center at Legacy Park. Planning alongside residents allowed the Park District staff to hear directly from families about the kind of playground, gym, pool, etc.., that they wanted to see in their neighborhood park. We are pleased to announce that we are officially opening the new building, ahead of schedule for YOU, at the end of 2019. The former Olympic Indoor Swim Center, is now the Arlington Ridge Center (ARC).

The location is the same, 660 N. Ridge Avenue, but what’s inside couldn’t be more different. We are confident that the new facility will bring joy and a variety of recreation options to multi-generations to come, all in a central location destined to become a one-stop shop for all things aquatics, athletics, and fitness. We went for bold, and we hope you’ll agree we’re delivering something truly bigger, bolder and better than any of US could have ever imagined! We look forward to thanking YOU, our residents for your vision and confidence. We hope you'll join us.

Please join us at our FREE PUBLIC GRAND OPENING EVENT on December 31st! 




Maryfran H. Leno
Park Board President
Arlington Heights Park District

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