Spark43 Architects

Athletics, Recreation, Community Center

West Chicago Parks Department

Year Completed


Project Type

New Construction


West Chicago, IL


John Whitten: Senior Sports Planner & Lead Design Architect

Architect of Record

Sink Combs Dethlefs

In November of 2012 residents of the West Chicago Park District voted to support a bond referendum for the construction of a new recreation center to address the district’s growing need for indoor recreation and meeting space. Through public outreach campaigns constituents voiced their desire for a multi-generational facility that reflected their blue collar, fiscally conservative roots.

The District’s vision for their new facility was clear: Create a quality landmark building at an affordable price. By utilizing pre-engineered building structures for the gyms, the project realized appreciable cost savings and was able to invest in quality building materials and energy efficient design measures.

Now one of the largest and most modern indoor facilities in the State, the building has exceeded its pre-sale and initial membership expectations. Patrons praise the facility for its exceptional design, its location within the community and the variety of amenities and options it affords.

Project Highlights

  • 6 Baseball/Softball Fields
  • Multi-Purpose Three Court Hard Wood Gym
  • Multi-Activity Gym
  • Elevated Walking/Jogging Track
  • Event/Party Room Rental Spaces
  • 7,800 S.F. Fitness Center
  • Dance, Aerobic & Spinning Studios
  • Kids Zone With Indoor Playground