Masks encouraged, but not required, when participating in indoor programs at ARC
It is the mission of ARC to provide a modern, friendly atmosphere for socialization and fitness, as well as recreational, nutritional, health support and assistance services for senior citizens throughout McLean County. We believe in supporting a comprehensive range of programs and services for older adults. Our classes and activities meet a wide array of interests, expectations and needs while we work to continually expand our program. ARC, sponsored by Normal Township, works with other supportive senior service agencies and individuals in and outside of McLean County.
Normal Township is a small unit of government that has been focused on meeting the needs of people age 55+ for over three decades. In 2016, the township opened the Activity and Recreation Center (ARC), a 40,000 square foot facility dedicated to senior services. ARC is one of the largest senior services centers in the state of Illinois, offering daily exercise programs and over 50 free activities per month, including art classes, lectures, music enrichment, cards, and games, in addition to Peace Meal. ARC is dedicated to providing programs that promote healthy aging. At its original opening, the ARC building was used as an ice rink primarily for hockey players. On March 14, 1988, Illinois State University's Student Recreation Building opened. Renovations now made cardio and weight training equipment available to students along with various courts, raquetball and fitness classes. The Student Recreation Building closed in December of 2010. Former Director Jennifer Engelman & Normal Township had been searching for a larger space to house its programs and services for seniors since 2009. They made the agreement to purchase the new building in April 2013. Extensive remodeling has since taken place that allows ARC to offer a wide variety of programs and services to the local 55+ community. ARC currently serves over 2,700 members.
Saturdays: Noon—9 PM, Sundays: 6 AM—2 PM
Rec Room—$350 for minimum of 2 hour rental + $35 per additional hour
Auditorium—$350 for minimum of 2 hour rental + $35 per additional hour
*Renters must secure copyright licensing and show proof of licensing to show commercial videos in the Auditorium
For more details or to fill out a room rental application contact Jess Ray, ARC's Director of Operations, in person or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Operations
Director of Programming
Member Services Manager