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Park board purchases new equipment for H-F Racquet & Fitness Club

The H-F Racquet and Fitness Club is getting 15 new pieces of equipment. The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District Board of Commissioners agreed May 21 to spend $29,334 with PURE Fitness Innovations of Peoria, Illinois, for weight machines and a recumbent bike.

Club Manager Michelle Artis was able to find the certified pre-owned Life Fitness equipment through the outlet service. New machines would cost between $4,000 and $6,000. Purchasing through the outlet reduced expenses to $2,000 to $4,000 per piece. Each machine has a limited warranty.

Artis said the new equipment will enhance the experiences of club members.

The new equipment is one of the improvements at the club. Artis reported a new Spin Studio/Flex Room, Boxing Studio, six new treadmills, new free weight equipment, cubbies in the fitness center, refinished floors in the exercise studio, and the installation of LED lights over the 10 indoor tennis courts.

New Ice Arena doors

The park board agreed to replace the outside doors at the H-F Ice Arena. A bid of $39,606 from Goldy Locks, Inc. was accepted. Patrick McAneney, superintendent of parks and planning, said the plan is to replace the double doors that are 33-inches each, with one door that is 40-inches wide. McAneney said the wider door should work better for skaters coming in with bags and hockey equipment and force their way through one door.

The board agreed to expand its advertising to promote the H-F Ice Arena with a $12,600 contract on ESPN Chicago. The staff will measure the campaign’s success in bringing attention to the Ice Arena.

Engineering services

The board approved a $38,000 contract with Wight & Company to handle services for the replacement of tennis courts at Highlands Park, Crescent Drive at Kathleen Lane. Wight’s task is to design and engineer two tennis courts or one tennis court and two pickleball courts. The firm will provide in-house civil engineering, electrical engineering and cost estimating services.

This follows an agreement between the park district and the Village of Flossmoor for the $425,000 purchase of property near Heather Hill School that now has tennis courts on it. The courts will be removed and the site will be used for a detention basin to relieve flooding in downtown Flossmoor and the Heather Hill neighborhood.

Bachus re-elected

Commissioners held a secret ballot election and re-elected Brent Bachus as president of the parks’ board of commissioners. Linda Ojode was re-elected vice president.  Their terms are for one year.

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