A place for community

Scott Stevens
Posted 8/24/21

What you should know first about The REC Center is that it is not solely the building you see from a distance, amazing as it is, that makes it a productive contribution to the community.

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A place for community

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What you should know first about The REC Center is that it is not solely the building you see from a distance, amazing as it is, that makes it a productive contribution to the community.

The building itself is simply a foundation for good things to happen. A community recreation center can be expected to be a place for any number of things to occur like being a safe place to drop off a child, take a fitness class or run a few miles on the path.

The REC, however, even before a year’s mark since opening, has striven to go above and beyond just what is expected of the facility.

Although justice cannot be done in such a short account, I will do my best to illustrate an example that represents the character of The REC and those involved in it. Living in Northern Illinois, we have all come to expect quick weather changes and cancellations of events as a result. Thanks to a facility like The REC, there will be (and, in fact, already have been) times when accommodations can be made to allow for events to avoid cancellations.

There are not many things more disappointing than telling your child who has been waiting their whole life to play his first game that it has been cancelled.

The need for a community recreation center in Rochelle has been apparent for a long time, but seeing it finally come to fruition has been a more impactful result than we could have ever imagined. Youth who are involved in their community at a young age are more likely to want to return “home” as adults and The REC is just one place to foster that love of community.

The Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District has an inherent responsibility to assist those who are also working to improve the experiences of Rochelle citizens. The idea of community in Rochelle is so strong that there is no shortage of people looking to get involved. Local sports affiliates, community groups, and individuals passionate about our community are welcome to use The REC as their centralized “Hub.”

We invite the entire community to come out to The REC for our Grand Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 28 from noon to 4 p.m. Come see the facility, meet our staff, and get a small glimpse into what The REC is doing and will continue to do for Rochelle. Food will be available for purchase from Ralfie’s BBQ as well as Tacology. Raffles, giveaways, activities, games and more will be happening all afternoon, so be sure to stop in!

The Flagg-Rochelle Park District has been making great strides towards bringing our community together and The REC Center only serves to further that mission. Our staff, board, members, visitors, and community supporters are the reason we are able to accomplish so much and we are thankful that The REC has been as well received as it has.

Remember, the building is just the foundation – come inside to see the good that happens here!

Scott Stevens is the recreation supervisor of the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District.