The RecCenter offers a full gymnasium with open gym for youth, teens, adults and family time.
Starting this fall, sign up for a basketball or volleyball league or an athletic class for the kids! Participate in a program in one of classrooms
or rent one out for your next meeting. The Charlton Room seats 150 people banquet style or 200 people theater style and offers a full use kitchen. This multipurpose room can be used for meetings, baby showers, wedding receptions, retirement parties, corporate events, seminars and so much more!
Looking for a little exercise this fall? Stop by and walk laps around the gym! This is a free activity, just be sure to call before heading over,
you can reach us at (815) 929-1885.
Call us at 815-939-1311 to take a tour and reserve your event date!
Parking at the RecCenter
Parking is available at the RecCenter Parking lot which is located on the corner of Indiana Ave. and Oak St.
Additional parking is available along E. Oak St. itself and across from Paramount Theatre in the municipal parking lot off of Schuyler.
French Heritage Museum at the Stone Barn located at 165 N. Indiana Ave. Kankakee, IL has parking available, which is
right across the street from the RecCenter.
First Presbyterian Church of Kankakee located at 371 E Court St Kankakee, IL 60901 and also across the street from the RecCenter where parking is available in their lot on Monday – Saturday anytime and on Sunday nights starting about 6:00 p.m.
History of the RecCenter former Armory.
The Kankakee Valley Rec Center is Kankakee County’s newest sports facility. The facility is a 1921 renovated monument. It will host many spectator sporting events and bring additional revenue for Kankakee County. The Armory was built in the 1920’s and used by the Kankakee National Guard. The original footprint of the building included barracks for the servicemen, a shooting range, training center and storage for their military weapons. In 2012, the Kankakee Valley Park District purchased the building for $25,000 and then used a $2.5 million grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for renovations. After a year of renovations, the former Armory, now called the KVPD Rec Center houses the Recreation Department staff, a 2 court gymnasium that seats 700, 2 classrooms and a 150 person banquet room. The renovations were approved by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency in order to keep the history of the building alive for future guests. The original brick lines the hallways, a set of iron doors still remain and a section of seats in the gym were refinished and re-installed for guests to use. The remodeled Rec Center will host job fairs, basketball tournaments, volleyball leagues, youth and adult classes, wedding receptions, baby showers, family reunions and so much more!