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Martens Center Nearing Completion

Martens Center is well on it’s way to being completed! We can almost hear the sounds of kids running the halls and basketballs hitting the backboards in the gymnasium.

The building is estimated to be complete in early July 2022, with a grand opening event set for July 16. The updates to Human Kinetics Park are complete as of June and we can’t wait to celebrate it’s opening alongside the building.


Human Kinetics Park Updates

The park is now considered complete! Because Martens Center is still a construction site, we have yet to have a Grand Opening for the park. We plan to celebrate the park when we open the building this July! Below are photos of the improved park and information on the features.

• 1 full Basketball Court
• 1 full Futsal Court: Fence Enclosed
• Playground
• Pavilion
• Walking Path
• Splash Pad (10a-7p thru Labor Day)
• Softball/Soccer Field Combo 

• Raised Garden Beds in Community Garden



Membership sales will be live soon! Check out all the benefits of Martens Center membership here: https://champaignparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Martens-Flyer-6.2022.pdf

The gym floor is completed and lined! See photos below.

The stairs and elevator are in place. The large wall behind the stairs will soon be adorned with a larger-than-life mural created by local artist, Jose Vazquez.

Jose met with students at International Prep Academy and the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club for feedback on what should be included in the art piece. 

Mural Rendering:


Programming will begin this fall. Information will be made available at the Grand Opening and in the Champaign Park District’s Fall Program Guide, which will be released July 11.

Some examples of programming include:

  • Open Gym
  • Special Events
  • Youth Basketball/Basketball Clinics
  • Cultural Arts/Pottery
  • Lego Building Class
  • Project Read Tutoring
  • Eastern Illinois Foodbank food distribution

Additionally, the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club will be utilizing their wing for afterschool programming. Get more information on them here: https://dmbgc.org/

Interested in contributing?

Contact Laura Auteberry:

Click here for naming opportunities!


Champaign Park District Named
Gold Medal Finalist

Champaign Park District has been named as a finalist for the National Recreation and Park Associations Gold Medal! The Martens Center project and more is what makes Champaign Park District great. Thank you to all our supporters!

Learn more about the Gold Medal Award here:

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