Randall Oaks Recreation Center working out well
By Erin Sauder For Sun-Times Media August 26, 2013 11:20AM
Community members participate in the family fitness fun walk as part of the Randall Oaks Rec Center's one year anniversary. | Erin Sauder~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 28, 2013 6:08AM
WEST DUNDEE — It’s been a year since the new Randall Oaks Recreation Center opened.
And in those 12 months, hundreds of people have come through the doors at 500 N. Randall Road to participate in fitness classes, run the track, drop children off at preschool, pick up a book at the library, and more.
“The year’s gone very well,” said Helen Shumate, director of marketing and communications for Dundee Township Park District. “The response has been overwhelming.”
Park district officials rang in the one-year anniversary with festivities this past weekend at both the Randall Oaks facility and the Rakow Center on Barrington Avenue in Carpentersville.
The celebration included contests, giveaways, a family fun fitness walk, health screenings, and free use of the fitness centers.
Last August, the park district had 1,250 fitness club members when there was only the Rakow Center. Currently, there are more than 2,500 memberships that offer access to both facilities.
Sleepy Hollow resident Kathie Tennis, a fitness center member, brought her grandchildren, Vivian Garay, 5, and Oliver Garay, 3, to participate in Saturday’s fitness walk.
“It was something we could all do as a family,” she said. “And the kids are very excited.”
The hope to put a rec center on Dundee’s west side was 20 years in the making by Dundee Township Park District officials. A groundbreaking was held in May 2011, and the doors opened for the first time in August of last year.
The 53,000-square-foot Randall Oaks facility, constructed by Elgin-based Lamp Inc., includes a 5,000-square-foot fitness center, a double gym with an elevated running/walking track above it, exercise classrooms, and 5,000 square feet of space for the Fox River Valley Public Library District’s Randall Oaks branch.
Carpentersville resident Jen Walker began her fitness membership with the Dundee Township Park District in 2006.
“I mostly went to spin and yoga classes at Rakow,” she said.
She switched to the Randall Oaks Rec Center for its convenience and class times that better fit her schedule.
“I really like the variety of classes and more times that work for me,” she said. “I can take a different class each night of the week. I like the instructors, especially Charles, the spin instructor.”
Shumate said both facilities stay busy.
“We have members joining every day,” she said.
And Randall Oaks continues to gain popularity.
“The community has really embraced the center,” she said. “Every day, they’re in here using the track and participating in the programs.”