Techny Prairie Activity Center (TPAC), a facility of the Northbrook Park District, is a state-of-the-art facility located in beautiful Techny Prairie Park and Fields. With sweeping views of the surrounding prairie and Anetsberger Golf Course, you will feel immersed in nature and open space while experiencing a future-forward sustainable and highly efficient Net-Zero Energy facility.
TPAC is a PHIUS+ 2015 & Source Zero Certified Project from the Passive House Institute US and is the third building to be verified net zero in the state of Illinois. The facility opened to the public in January 2021 and has remained sustainably net zero since original verification in March 2022. Essentially, this facility serves over 1,500 fitness members and hundreds of monthly gymnasium visitors while producing more energy than it consumes.
Techny Prairie Activity Center meets all of your fitness and recreation needs in one of the most beautiful settings in Northbrook featuring an expansive fitness floor with cardio, strength and functional fitness training equipment, two group fitness studios, an indoor track and stretching area, a multipurpose gymnasium for basketball, pickleball and volleyball and the Prairie Room rental space.
For more information, visit nbfitness.org.
Techny Prairie Activity Center, 180 Anets Drive, Northbrook, IL 60062-5452
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Part 1: Base Building Review
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About the Company
Established in 1927, Northbrook Park District serves a population of approximately 34,058 residents in a service area of approximately 13 square miles. The District operates and maintains 543 acres of property and holds title to 29 parcels including community parks, neighborhood parks, play lots and passive parks. Unique and premier facilities include Techny Prairie Activity Center, Heritage Oaks Golf Club, the Ed Rudolph Velodrome (banked bicycle racing track), Leisure Center, Northbrook Theatre and the Northbrook Sports Center. Outdoor recreational offerings include two outdoor swimming facilities, 36 holes of golf, practice range, two sled hills, dozens of baseball/softball and soccer fields, multiple courts and playgrounds, numerous picnic areas and trails and two fishing lakes.
The Park District provides a full range of indoor and outdoor activities. Major programs include golf, before school and after school programming, summer camps, ice skating, fitness, performing arts, athletics, preschool and aquatics along with dozens of special events offered each year. The Park District is affiliated with the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) to provide recreational activities and services for residents with special needs. For more information, visit nbparks.org.
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