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Park District OKs architecture firm for recreation center project

<p>File Photo</p>

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Naperville Park Board commissioners continued to move ahead with plans for the new indoor recreation center by awarding a contract Thursday night to Williams Architects Ltd. of Itasca for just over $1.226 million.

The district plans to build a facility with about 80,000 square feet of recreation space on a 5.2-acre property at 1760 Quincy Ave. The estimated budget to build the activity center is $23 million, including $2 million for the purchase of the land.

Park District Executive Director Ray McGury said the architecture firm hired has done work for the Park District before, including the renovations at Centennial Beach, and that he regards them “as a top-notch firm.”

“We want to stress there are no drawings or plans at this time, and we are awaiting the public engagement sessions we plan to have next year with the public,” McGury said. “At this point, we’re just getting our architectural firm in place.”

McGury announced last month after the purchase of the property was approved that open houses are planned for next January in order to get public input about what should go in the new facility. One meeting will be held at the Players Indoor Facility on a Saturday morning or early afternoon and another at the Municipal Center in the evening.

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