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Ribbon-cutting to celebrate recreation center renovations

Community members are invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the completed renovations to the John B. Norris Recreation Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 9.
Community members are invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the completed renovations to the John B. Norris Recreation Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 9.

ST. CHARLES – The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting celebrating the completed renovations to the John B. Norris Recreation Center. The ceremony will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 9 at the center, 1050 Dunham Road, St. Charles, on the campus of St. Charles East High School.

Attendees will be able to tour the newly remodeled fitness center, cycling and group training studio, and new mini-gym for court sports, and learn more about the infrastructure upgrades throughout the building.

Visitors to the ribbon-cutting will be able to take advantage of a special one-day membership pricing offer of $25 off a one-year, paid-in-full membership for an individual, family or couple. Prize drawings will be held throughout the morning for a one-year membership, half off a private tennis lesson, half off a junior tennis lesson, four free group fitness guest passes, a free personal training session, a free 30-minute massage, and several gift baskets.

The morning event will include several wellness-related activities, such as chair massages; health assessments for blood pressure, body composition, flexibility and heart rate; fitness demonstrations for yoga, cycling and cardio activities; and tennis instructions. There also will be mini-wellness seminars held at 9:30 a.m. and noon.

Child care for the event will be available at the Norris Recreation Center’s child care studio, which also has received a renovation update. Refreshments will be available throughout the day.

The renovations to the Norris Recreation Center began in May and were completed in October.

The free-weight room and cardio rooms were closed to begin installation of a new elevator to provide improved patron access and the creation of a storage room for recreation center equipment, a news release from the St. Charles Park District stated.

“Three outdated racquetball courts were eliminated to create the new mini-gym for court activities and cycling/cardio/yoga studio,” the release stated. Other remodeling projects included restoration of the lobby and child care areas, which were outfitted with new ceiling tiles, carpeting and floor tiles, as well as furniture, lockers and child care equipment. Amenities such as wall-mounted TVs in the fitness center and on some cardio machines also were installed.

Behind-the-scenes infrastructure projects included upgrading building components on the roof, cleaning duct work, polishing concrete floors, and painting walls and ceilings. The renovation was overseen by The George Sollitt Construction Co. of Wood Dale.

The Norris Recreation Center is managed by the St. Charles Park District in cooperation with St. Charles School District 303.

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