Dolphin Lake clubhouse on display at Sunday open house

Walls? Check. Roof? Check. Lights? Check. Gorgeous view of Dolphin Lake? Absolutely check.

With all items on a to-do list checked off, it’s time to show off the spanking-new Clubhouse at Dolphin Lake. Homewood-Flossmoor Park District officials, proud parents of the new facility, are hosting an open house at the clubhouse from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Welcoming remarks will take place at 3:30 p.m.

Dolphin Lake is located on the northwest corner of Governors Highway and 183rd Street in Homewood.

Visitors to Sunday’s event will be able to tour the clubhouse and surrounding park, where significant improvements have been completed as part of a $3.25 million renovation project. They can also find out how to rent the facility for birthday parties, showers and other social events.  

The first rental event at the new clubhouse, a baby shower, took place earlier this month. Darren Jasieniecki, the park district’s marketing and public relations manager, said requests for rental dates at the new facility have been brisk in recent weeks. Sunday’s open house is being held on the only weekend day this month that was not booked for an event.

The former Dolphin Lake building was demolished last winter and the new facility was built on its foundation. It will also be used for park district programs and classes. Overlooking Dolphin Lake, the new building can be divided into two party spaces, both accessible to a kitchen. There are numerous windows in the well-lighted structure and a large patio that will bring events into the open air.

Walking trails criss-cross the new recreational complex, which includes bioswales designed to both move and clean rainwater passing through the area. A large gazebo, complete with picnic grill and seating, is also available for picnics and other gatherings. A new parking lot was built and a stone amphitheatre, on the shore of the lake, will be used for children’s programming and occasional musical or theater offerings.

More information on Sunday’s event or renting the clubhouse is available at the park district office, 708-957-0300.


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