FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS — A master plan developed by EWR Architects, Inc. is providing Fairview Heights city officials and residents a long-range vision for the proposed $18 million Fairview Heights Recreation Complex.
The recently completed plan for the 30+-acre site at the northwest corner of Bunkum Road and Interstate 64 includes a 68,000-square-foot recreation facility, a 400-meter, six-lane running track, soccer fields, a dog park, pavilions, playgrounds, and a 1.5-mile walking path and nature trail.
Site improvement plans detail a phased construction schedule that will start with construction of the recreation center this October. The initial phase also includes site clearing and grading, parking, and a service road. The additional phases of construction are dependent on project funding.
Nearly 12,000 square feet of the recreation center will be dedicated to an indoor aquatic facility with a 25-yard multi-lane lap pool, children’s spray ground, slides, sprays, lazy river and a vortex. The center will also feature the St. Louis region’s first trademarked Clip N’ Climb experience, as well as a game area for billiards, cards and table tennis; a 6,000-square-foot fitness center with areas for free weights, floor exercise, aerobic, and group fitness; a gymnasium; elevated running tracks; locker rooms; multipurpose and party rooms, and administration offices.
Bill Reichert, owner of EWR Architects, said, “The complex will undoubtedly be top notch and it’s in a great location with high visibility and easy access. The project has all the right pieces to make it a great asset to the city of Fairview Heights and its residents.”
The complex will be located at the former site of Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church. Grant School District 110 sold the property to the City last year. The school will have access to the track and soccer fields.
About EWR Architects Inc.
EWR Architects Inc. is a Fairview Heights-based architecture, interiors, and planning company that has served clients in Southern Illinois and the St. Louis Metropolitan area for more than 30 years.
ABOVE: The master plan. BELOW: An architect’s rendering of the front entrance to the recreation complex.