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11 Ways To Tackle Your 2022 Fitness Goals at Leonhard Recreation Center

Pink cone flowers nestled in a flowerbed outside Leonhard Recreation Center. Wall of windows line the front where doors are.

For some, the new year means it’s time to start new goals to help improve their quality of life. Whether your 2022 Fitness Goals are to maintain a consistent workout routine, find your place to recreate together, or simply get moving, Leonhard Recreation Center is it!

Leonhard Recreation Center

Leonhard Recreation Center is your destination to be active and have fun! Make us your one-stop destination to keep you moving year-round. Our affordable prices and friendly atmosphere makes Leonhard Recreation Center the perfect place to tackle those fitness goals!

Leonhard Recreation Center opened to the public in 2014 and was funded in part by the Park and Recreational Facility Construction Grant Program, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, with additional geothermal mechanical system funding provided by The Illinois Clean Energy Foundation. The energy efficient geothermal system transfers heat by pumping water through pipes below the Earth’s surface. During the winter, the piped water absorbs underground warmth and brings heat to the building. In the summer, it is reversed for air conditioning!

Now that we’ve learned more about this history of the facility, let’s explore the 11 Ways To Tackle Your 2022 Fitness Goals at Leonhard Recreation Center. Click through the tabs below to learn more about each opportunity.

1. Indoor Track

Ground view of 4 staggered patrons walking the Leonhard Recreation Center Indoor Walking Track.

One of the primary features of the Leonhard Recreation Center is an indoor three-lane track (10-11 laps= 1 mile). 

2. Weight Room

This well equipped facility also includes a Cardio/Weight Room featuring numerous ellipticals, treadmills, exercise bikes, weight machines, free weights and more.

3. Champaign Bark District Memberships

Champaign Bark

Your furry friends need to get moving too! Become a member of the Champaign Bark District at Leonhard Recreation Center then take your 2022 fitness partner to the park. Visit our Dog Park Membership Page for more info.

4. Volunteer Coach

Flyer advertising volunteer coach positions.

Are you passionate about sports? Be a volunteer coach and share your love of the game with kids in the community. In our youth sports programs, we believe that winning has less to do with the scoreboard and more to do with core values of Sportsmanship, Opportunity, Fun and Instruction. As a Champaign Park District coach, we expect that you’ll emulate these values and keep fit and have fun along the way.

Coaching Perks!

  • 50% registration fee reimbursement for Head Coaches (per child 1:1)
  • 20% registration fee reimbursement for Assistant Coaches (per child 1:1)
  • Free volunteer t-shirt

5. Indoor Playground

    Bring the whole family to try the farm-themed indoor playground. Enjoy the three levels of interactive features like a slide, wrecking ball, tractor, and log obstacles. Great for ages 1-10, the playground also features a toddler area, book tree, Legos, and sensory games.

Add the Indoor Playground to your LRC Facility Rental!

Make sure to check our our facility rental page to add our Indoor Playground to your next party!

6. Gymnasium

Our Gymnasium is a great place to get moving with our basketball, pickleball, and volleyball court access. 

7. Sports Programs & Camps

Leonhard Recreation Center is home to a variety of youth & adult sports programs/camps. Visit our Sports page for more information on Winter/Spring offerings.


8. Group Fitness

Leonhard Recreation Center offers several Group Fitness classes to fit your goals best. Visit our Group Fitness page to learn more about our Winter/Spring classes!

9. Officiate Sports

Woman sports official prepared to blow whistle while watching the loose ball bounce between youth basketball players.

Get in the action and be a vital part of growth for young athletes by becoming a Sports Official with the Champaign Park District. Apply on our mobile app or website today!

Please Note: Masks are required in facilities & at programs.

10. Work at Leonhard Recreation Center

Working at the Leonhard Recreation Center is a great chance to get moving and connect with the community. LRC Afterschool Program, Site Supervising, and Summer Positions are waiting for you to apply today on our mobile app or website!

11. Afterschool Program & School's Out Days

When you have some peace of mind the kiddos in your life have a safe place to go after school and on their days off, it’s easier to maintain your own goals and make room for yourself in 2022! Gym time, crafts, homework, and other activities fill their time while learning through play at our Afterschool & School’s Out Day Programs! Visit their pages for more information.

Youth Scholarship Program Available!

Because some residents are unable to participate in recreation programs due to financial barriers, the Champaign Park District offers scholarships to reduce certain fees and charges. Youth Scholarship Program applicants are not guaranteed fund availability, program registration or choice of program location. Early applications are given priority. Need is the primary criterion upon which scholarship applicants are considered. 

Visit our Registration page for more information & the updated Scholarship Applications!

Leonhard Recreation Center Monthly & Annual Memberships

Leonhard Recreation Center offers both monthly and yearly options for membership payments. 

Monthly & Annual Memberships Include:

  • Indoor Track access during all open hours
  • Weight/Cardio Room access during all open hours
  • Indoor Playground access during all open hours
  • Gymnasium access for basketball, pickleball and volleyball during designated open gym hours

See the LRC page for more information.


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