Forest Park’s new recreation center finally has a name: Roos Recreation Center.
The Park District of Forest Park Board of Commissioners on Monday voted 3-1, with Commissioner Roy Sansone dissenting and Vice President Eric Entler absent, for the name that recreation supervisor Rachell Entler said was already the building’s name in the minds of community members long before this vote.
The Roos Cedar Chest factory had been a mainstay in Forest Park during through the early- to mid-20th century. The factory closed shortly after WWII and the building at 7329 W. Harrison housed a variety of other businesses before being abandoned in the 1990s, but through all of that and until its demolition in 2013, it was still “the Roos building.”
As it turns out, the name has survived even the original building’s demise.
“It kind of just stuck,” Entler said. “Everybody we know of always says, ‘What’s going on at the Roos?’ So it just made sense to name it the Roos Recreation Center.”
The Roos Center will boast 15,000 square feet and house an indoor basketball court, fitness center, walking track and nearby park space. Construction on the center began in August, and Entler said it is on track to open in summer 2018.