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T HREE OAKS R ECREATION A REA
LOCATION:

Crystal Lake, Illinois

OWNE R / MUNICIPALITY:
COMPLETION DATE:

City of Crystal Lake, Illinois

September 2010

Hitchcock Design Group, Featherstone Inc. Construction Management,
Hey & Associates, Civiltech Engineering, SRBL Architects and Primera Engineers

ARCHITECTS/ PL ANNERS/ BUILDERS:
COST:

$14 million

This recreation destination for fishing, swimming, boating and hiking includes a pavilion
(also called a lakehouse), beach area for swimming, two lakes, picnic shelters, boat rental marina, island boardwalk,
playground, sand volleyball courts, sled hill, overlooks, and trail system.

FACILITY DESCRIPTION:

A citizen's steering committee was created in the late 1990s, and encouraged the
public to participate in the planning process, where it was vocalized that the community wanted a water-friendly
rec center with a lake for fishing. Because of this, key components of the project included spending time developing
a marina and fishing stations. The public had a hand in choosing the name of Three Oaks Recreation Area too.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEME NT:

F UTURE T RENDS

FOR

R ECREATION C ENTERS

Public feedback throughout the entire process.
A move toward more energy-efficient ways with LEED certification.
An integration of modern technology, such as WiFi access, a Wii room, or a way to
monitor exercise goals through fitness software.
As much cardio fitness space as possible.
An aesthetically pleasing building.
Greater variety of food choices, plus an active role in which food is served.
Indoor pools and indoor jogging tracks.
Facilities that incorporate and highlight the natural surroundings.

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