The feasibility study process regarding the Gary Morava Recreation Center and Lions Pool is nearly finished.  The Lions Park amenities to potentially be replaced now include the recreation center, aquatics center, playground and tennis courts.  

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Upcoming Dates

  • June 2022 — Conceptual design on display for public review
    • The final draft conceptual design will be available at the Camp Open House June 2nd, Swim Team Parents Meetings June 2nd and June 7th, Community Day June 4th and Block Party June 18th. The design will remain on display at GMRC for the summer months in order to gather more feedback from the community for further refinement of the final draft design.
  • July 26, 2022 — The community is welcome to attend the regularly scheduled Park Board meeting in-person or remotely 
    • Williams Architects will present the final conceptual design to the public and to the Park Board.  The Board will listen to the data presented and vote whether to direct staff to begin the process of placing bond referendum on the Nov. 8, 2022 election ballot for park district residents.

*PLEASE NOTE: A conceptual design is the early phase of the design process which is very broad and minute details are not included. It is designed based upon the feedback received from the public, the Park Board and park staff through surveys, interviews, focus groups and community meetings. It involves an understanding of programming needs and how to meet these needs with the facilities.

Past events


JAN and FEB — The results from the community survey conducted by the University of Illinois were reviewed in January 2022 and presented to the Park Board in February 2022. 

MARCH — The feedback from the survey assisted Williams Architects to prepare conceptual design options along with the gathered input from the interviews,  focus groups and community meeting. 

APRIL — A hybrid community meeting was held  April 27.  Attendees previewed the provided input. The plans will continue to be refined with the input received.  All were asked to complete a short survey form: answer three questions and provide additional comments or suggestions no later than May 10th.  

May — The community attended the regularly scheduled Park Board meeting in-person or remotely to hear the feedback from the short survey and see Williams Architects presentation of the final draft conceptual design.  

Survey Report November 2021


The Prospect Heights Park District engaged Williams Architects to analyze the potential use and the space utilization of the current recreation center and outdoor pool.  Williams is responsible for preparing the conceptual designs for improvements to these facilities. 

A Community Meeting was held in September 2021 to provide residents with updated information on the progress of the feasibility study and to collect additional community input. Idea boards were shared with attendees to help envision potential amenities and choices for the recreation center and the pool. 

The  Park District engaged the University of Illinois to conduct a community survey in November 2021. Results were compiled in December 2021.

Please review the following idea boards to envision choices 


2019 and 2020

A task force of community members, board members and staff was developed to review and evaluate the input received.  The recommendation was made by the task force to the Park Board to continue to pursue this viable option of renovating or rebuilding these facilities.  


The Prospect Heights Park District developed and approved its Comprehensive Master Plan. One of the goals identified in the plan was to conduct a feasibility study in 2019 to renovate or replace the Gary Morava Recreation Center.

As part of the feasibility study, the Park District engaged an outside firm to conduct a series of focus group meetings, community input sessions, as well as meetings with individual agencies and key stakeholders to assess what facilities amenities are needed in the community.

For more information about this Study, please contact Executive Director Christina Ferraro