Lakeview Recreation Center already bustling with activity

By WEEK Producer

January 20, 2014 Updated Jan 20, 2014 at 11:38 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. --- Area residents have a new place to get active.

Last October, the Peoria Park District acquired the old YWCA building next to Lakeview Park.

Since then, they have been working to turn the building into a new destination for recreation.

Activity is already bustling on the newly renovated floor of the Lakeview Recreation Center.

These pickleball players are competing in one of the programs already offered at the new facility.

"Plenty of playing room, it's a good court, good surface,” said East Peoria resident Debra Dell.

Complete with two gymnasiums and several classrooms, the center is planned to be used for much more than just the sport of pickleball as time moves on.

"We have a youth basketball league starting at the end of January,” said Scott Loftus, supervisor of athletics. “We have fitness classes. We're going to have a summer day camp, spring break camp, basketball leagues, open volleyball, open gyms, and different community classes."

Park district officials are hoping the new location will provide another option for residents.

"This is really something for us that is north of War Memorial that we think the residents around this area will enjoy,” Loftus said.

"The area itself is pretty. You got the park out there, green area. You got the water park out there, the Owens Center,” said Peoria resident Mike Mitchell.

The park district hopes to have the facility open seven days a week by mid-February but it is a non-membership based center, so expect to pay for individual classes or activities.

"This gives you an avenue to be active, to have a purpose everyday,” said Mapleton resident Robert Mitchell.

Future plans include restoring a turtle pool.