In 2007, two sets of dedicated individuals came together with one goal: to improve the lives of St. Charles citizens by creating a leading-edge, warm-water, barrier-free exercise and social facility. The Community Freedom Center will be the culmination of joint efforts by the City of St. Charles and ShowMe Aquatics & Fitness.
Hastings+Chivetta began their association with the Schaeffer Foundation in 1998, which led to collaboration with ShowMe Aquatics & Fitness. The firm’s services for the mission-based organization have included a feasibility study, a pre-design analysis, site planning, programming and conceptual designs to help with fundraising.
In 2003, Hastings+Chivetta completed planning, programming and design for a community center for the City of St. Charles. In 2008, the citizens of St. Charles passed a bond issue authorizing funding to build the Center, envisioned as an aquatics and fitness complex with spaces for recreation, exercise and therapy for people of all ages and abilities.
Components will include a 16,000 SF fitness center; an indoor aquatics center with a water park, lap lanes, a hot tub, a sauna, a whirlpool and multi-temperature pools; two full-size gymnasiums and one multipurpose gym. Additional space will consist of meeting rooms, activity centers, lounges, a café, outdoor pavilions and play areas.