Officials announced the Northbrook Park District has been awarded a $600,000 grant to renovate the Meadowhill Aquatic Center, a popular summer destination for the broader community.
The grant award is a testament to the collective dedication of the park district’s extraordinary team, Executive Director Chris Leiner said in a news release.
“We offer our heartfelt gratitude to our local legislators, community and commissioners for their unwavering dedication that made this success possible,” Leiner said. “This significant grant will have a lasting impact on our region and ensure the continued operation of Meadowhill Aquatics Center for future generations of Northbrook residents. Together, we are creating a legacy of recreation and community enrichment.”
The grant is part of the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, according to the release. In total, nearly $55 million in OSLAD grant funds were awarded to 111 local park projects across Illinois.
The statement stated that the Meadowhill Aquatics Center project is designed to enhance the existing facility with both visible and behind-the-scenes improvements to the bathhouse and mechanical components. The park district solicited community input on the proposed work during an open house last summer.
Park officials said a key goal is to improve the public’s entry and admission experience at the bathhouse with updates such as individual locker rooms and restrooms. The plunge pool and leisure/lap pool will receive a fresh coat of paint, and the lap pool deck concrete and shade areas will be upgraded.
Improvements to the infrastructure, including the roof, lap pool tank and gutter system, and mechanical filtration and circulation equipment, will lead to more efficient performance and long-term cost savings, according to the release.
“We appreciate Governor (JB) Pritzker’s efforts to continue funding the OSLAD grant program and are grateful to IDNR for being a great partner,” said James Kim, Northbrook Park District Director of Parks and Properties. “It is always exciting to receive grants for projects needed, especially for aging facilities, due to the increase in material and labor costs.”
Northbrook Park District Recreation Director Eileen Loftus echoed this.
“I’m excited for the community,” he said in the statement. “While the OSLAD grant further secures our pool renovation and mechanical upgrade plans, we are also committed to improving customer service, making things easier and creating a more comfortable entrance to the pool for everyone.”
According to the statement, the estimated cost of the project is 3.56 million dollars. Work is expected to begin in the autumn, is not expected to impact the summer pool schedule and is expected to be completed in late spring 2025.
The project has received support from state Sen. Julie Morrison and state Sen. Laura Fine, as well as Northbrook School District 28 and the North Suburban Private Recreation Association, the statement said.