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Our recreation programs and activities are provided year-round. For the health and safety of our participants, we've moved your favorite recreation programs to a virtual format at a reduced rate. Stay connected with your community members and get active with live, local instructors from home! 

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Adult Recreation

Adult recreation classes are for community members of all fitness levels. Choose from heart-pumping cardio, upbeat dance, or relaxing and toning yoga fitness.

Mix it Up Fitness Series

These series of 4 virtual classes gives you the chance to mix it up and try something new for just $16! Each class will feature a different fitness format, whether it's strength based, cardio, or dance, we're offering up the opportunity to sample some of our favorites. Series run for 4 weeks.

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Cardio and Strength


Barre is a low impact, high intensity total body workout that incorporates elements of Pilates, Ballet and Yoga. This workout is fast paced and set to fun upbeat music. During the workout you will use light hand weights, resistance bands, and your own body weight. You will complete small range movements at high repetitions meant to fatigue your muscles to build strength and endurance, and then stretch everything out to increase your flexibility. Barre is a great workout for any fitness level as there are options to level up or down based on your own body.

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Get ready to push yourself harder than you would on your own. With a mix of strength and cardio, this class is developed to help you improve your body composition, strength and endurance. Each week’s workout will vary, challenging your body in different ways.

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Core Camp

Incorporate weight training and cardio blast intervals to keep your muscles and heart pumping. Combined with today’s hottest music, this class is as much fun as it is effective.

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HIIT/Stretch Yoga

Show your body some love.  All you need is a mat for this high-intensity interval training (HIIT) & gentle yoga combo class.  Get your heart rate up and burn fat through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods.  Finish class with a gentle yoga flow to stretch and soothe your body.

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Mix up your routine with balance, coordination and strength-building moves. Strengthen your legs, upper body, abs and burn calories.

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Tone muscles, improve posture, and learn flexibility and balance. Focus on moving as one unit with control and grace. Improve circulation, endurance, and reduce stress.

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Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND® transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out. Instead of listening to music, you become the music in this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements.

Designed for all fitness levels, POUND® provides the perfect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin’ out! The workout is easily modifiable, and the alternative vibe and welcoming philosophy appeals to men and women of all ages and abilities. POUND® approved sticks required for everyone. Punch card holders must have their own Ripstix®. Ripstix® available at registration for $20.

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Restorative Barre

Combining moves from pilates and yoga, and mixed with traditional strength work and elements from ballet, this is a class suitable for everyBODY. You can expect to start moving slow, building into a deep burn through your core and lower body, then peaking in standing postures that heat the body. Class ends with stillness and stretching. Move with intention, and peacefully reset your mind and body. Participants will need a yoga mat or soft surface. 

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Strong Nation

Strong Nation is a HIIT class (High Intensity Interval Training) that includes body weight strength exercises, fast cardio moves, plyometrics, and agility training. Music and moves sync together to help push you past your limits to reach your fitness goals.

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STRONG30 packs a total body workout into 30 minutes. It combines HIIT (high intensity interval training), body weight exercises, and cardio moves. In every class, the music and moves sync together in a way to help push you past your limits and reach your fitness goals.

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Reach your fitness goals while building leg and core strength. Powerful music and pace-setting instruction helps you climb steep hills, move across flat road and master intense intervals.

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Dance Fitness


Sweat away stress and dance some joy into your heart while following simple steps and easy toning moves. Groove is perfect for anyone who wants to add some fun into their current workout routine. If you like to move to a variety of great music, this class is for you.

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A fusion of Latin and International music. This class combines high energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations.

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Basic Yoga

Discover your inner yogi in a class that builds strength and body awareness. Begin with gentle stretching and move to flowing through and holding poses. Class will come to a restful end.

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Gentle Yoga

A balanced practice that will center you, leaving your body feeling open and relaxed. Basic poses and a slower flow unlock body tension, strengthen your core and help you tune into personal peace.

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Power Yoga

This energetic class is designed to build strength, flexibility, and balance! Challenging peak poses, breath to movement flows, and mind body connections will encourage students to find their edge. Modifications are always offered and body awareness is always encouraged.

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Slow Flow Restorative Yoga

End your weekend and set the tone for the week ahead with this calming and gentle yoga class. Each class will begin and end with a variety of restorative postures, with a slow yoga flow in between. Find a cozy comfortable space, light a few candles, and grab as many blankets and pillows as you can.

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Vital Movement

Strength, flexibility and balance are vital to our well -being. This class combines yoga stretches and poses (from the chair and standing only), along with light core work. No mat required. Perfect for anyone needing to stretch, improve their range of motion, or modify their practice as they recover from injuries.  This class is great for any age, especially those 50+.

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Three Words to Live By Workshop

Set the tone for a new year that will help you grow into your best self. New Year's resolutions are always made with great intentions, yet easily broken or forgotten within a few weeks after setting them. Why not try a more organic approach this year, the three words to live by method. Your words will be your loose guidelines, and your permission to say yes to the opportunities that will bring you greater happiness, and no to the ones that will simply distract you from your intentions. In our ever challenging world, we all need a little help and direction to keep us on a positive path.

Expect homework/reflection questions to get you thinking (sent out before class), and during our zoom class Terri will facilitate group share time (only if you are comfortable doing so) and  lead a short meditation to get the group focused. There will be a discussion about how to choose the best words for you, and some time to make your selections from the master list. If needed, Terri will be happy to move into a breakout room on zoom to assist you with some one on one direction, and when we are finished, we will make a word mandala that will serve as our visual representation to keep our words within view throughout the year. Using your intuition to positively form the parameters of your 2021 will set you up for success and allow you plenty of room to grow, expand and explore in your own unique direction, without being locked into goals and plans.

You will need access to a printer to print out your pre-workshop questions and master word list, and the following supplies: 

  • Blank white paper
  • Pencil + eraser
  • Black marker for outline
  • Color markers, gel pens, crayons for “coloring in”
  • Circles of various sizes (you can get creative with whatever is around your house! Vases, plates, or circle templates, if you have them)
  • Ruler or straight edge of some sort 

Join this virtual zoom workshop from the comfort and safety of your own home to connect/reflect/share and prepare for another year of possibilities.  Please note: if more than one person in your household is participating, they will need to sign up separately.

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Programs for Ages 50+

Group Fitness

Active Adults

This class for includes warm-up, standing cardio, balance work, strength training (preferably with weights), and cool-down.   

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Stretch and Flex 

Stretch and flex is focused on increasing strength, balance and flexibility. The class begins with chair exercises and light hand weights. A great class for men and women. Classes are drop-in and ongoing.

In Person Programs for ages 50+ are cancelled until further notice.

Walking Club

Walk your way to health and meet new friends. You can walk in the Garfield Park Community Gym or in the park. Children are welcome to walk with adults and strollers are permitted.

In Person Programs for ages 50+ are cancelled until further notice.



Come play or learn Pickleball. Don’t have equipment? No problem, there is some available at the gym for you to use and free instruction is also available.

Programs for ages 50+ are cancelled until further notice.


Rotating Monthly Programs

In addition to regularly scheduled classes, monthly community activities are available, including:

  • Card Games
  • Community Exploration
  • Book Club
  • Knitting
  • Health and Wellness Seminars

Programs for ages 50+ are cancelled until further notice.

Youth & Family Activities

Youth activities include adventure and enrichment courses, organized sports, and programs for the whole family.

Youth Hip Hop

Learn the fundamentals of hip hop movement and develop body control in an upbeat and high-energy environment.

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Fairytale Ballet/Creative Movement

Children will gain confidence moving their bodies to music while practicing simple steps, repetitive sequences and balance. Stretching, silly songs and props will make the experience fun.

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Youth Ballet

This virtual class will develop coordination, balance and rhythm through basic ballet/tap moves and creative movement.

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Youth Enrichment

Safe Sitting Essentials

4 session classes with an hour and 15 minutes each designed to prepare students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. The Instructor-led class is filled with fun games and role-playing exercises. Handbook Included.

Students will learn:

Safety Skills: Students learn how to prevent unsafe situations and what to do when faced with dangers such as power failures or weather emergencies.

Child Care Skills: Students learn tips to manage behavior that will help them stay in control of themselves and the children in their care. Students also learn the ages and stages of child development, as well as practice diapering.

First Aid & Rescue Skills: Learning skills such as choking rescue and CPR is often students’ favorite part of the class. Students also learn a system to help them assess and respond to injuries and illnesses. (CPR included in Safe Sitter® Essentials with CPR and Safe Sitter® Expanded.)

Life & Business Skills: The ability to screen jobs, discuss fees, and greet employers will set students up for success now and in the future. Students practice these skills through various role plays.

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Safe at Home

Two sessions with 45 minute classes designed for students in grades 4-6. It teaches them to stay safe and learn safe habits when they are at home alone for a short period of time. Handbook included.

Students will learn:

Safe Habits: Indoor safety, outdoor safety, online safety and personal safety

Rules to Follow

Handling Emergencies: Weather emergencies; power failures; smoke/fire/gas/carbon monoxide alerts; break-ins

Preventing Injuries

Injury Management

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Learn about swim lessons as well as our public pools and splash pads.

Swim Lessons

Preschool Level 1 

Preschool Level 1 helps children become more familiar with the water and helps them learn basic skills. Participants begin to develop positive attitudes and safe practices in and around the water. Participants should be comfortable in the water without a parent. Suitable for ages 3-5.

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Preschool Level 2

Participants work on skills such as floating, breath control, arm and leg actions on their front and back. They will be working towards performing these skills independently with the supervision of a swim instructor. Participants must be comfortable in the water without a parent, understand floating and be comfortable putting their whole face in the water. Suitable for ages 3 - 5.

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Level 1

This is an introductory class that helps participants become more comfortable in the water. Participants learn basic swimming and water safety skills throughout the class. Participants should learn how to enter and exit the water without assistance, breath control, floating with assistance, arm and leg actions for front and back crawl, and how to stay safe near water. Ages 6+.

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Level 2 

Participants build on foundation skills such as simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on front and back, floating and gliding so they can be performed without support, increasing distance, and greater endurance. Participants must be able to swim two body lengths with support. Ages 6+.

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Level 3

Participants start learning new strokes: elementary backstroke, breaststroke kick, dolphin kick, scissors kick, rotary breathing, and survival floating are taught at this level. Participants must be able to swim at least five body lengths (15 feet) on front and back without support or assistance. Ages 6+.

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Level 4 

Participants work toward increasing distance and stamina for swimming and treading water. Participants work on new strokes and refining previously learned swimming skills. This class works on breaststroke, butterfly, sidestroke, basic diving and open turns. Participants must have an understanding of elementary backstroke, breaststroke kick, rotary breathing, dolphin kick and scissor kicks. Participants need to be able to swim 15 yards front crawl, back crawl and elementary backstroke before entering this class. Ages 6+.

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Pools and Splash Pads

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City Pools and Splash Pads