What was once a vacant big-box store has been transformed into a state-of-the-art, multipurpose sports complex in West Dundee, complete with soccer and lacrosse fields, hoverboard obstacle courses and a fitness center.
Not all the features of LifeZone 360 are complete, but that hasn't stopped area families and sports groups from taking full advantage of the new facility, operating partner Joe Abraham said.
In addition to the in-house training programs and sports leagues offered, he said, outside sports and fitness organizations have made the space at 999 W. Main St. their home. The facility has also hosted day camps, parties, corporate retreats and even a field trip for students from Ellis Middle School in Elgin.
"Our main focus is getting kids and adults to move, compete and improve," Abraham said.
LifeZone is hosting a free New Year's Eve event from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. that will allow families to explore the facility, play sports and try out equipment. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
The sports complex is taking shape as a destination for residents throughout the suburbs and beyond, Community Development Director Tim Scott said, which could help attract visitors to the nearby Spring Hill Mall and other businesses in the area.
"People are traveling beyond West Dundee borders to come to this state-of-the-art, multi-concept facility," he said. "Certainly as they put these concepts together, there's a potential spillover to the local economy with restaurants and even retail."
The features of the building, which formerly housed a Target store, have opened in stages over the past year, Abraham said. The full field house was finished this fall, though the two main, full-size fields started being used last winter. Basketball and volleyball courts were put in this past summer.
HoverPark, which opened last weekend, allows visitors to try out high-quality hoverboards in various obstacle courses, ramps and open-hover areas. On the opposite end of the facility, Abraham said, a Bricks Wood Fired Pizza is expected to open in February, as will a juice bar and concession stand.
A wellness center is on track to open mid-January, offering chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy and other sports medicine-related services, Abraham said. That will coincide with the completion of an adult fitness area, at which point fitness classes will begin.
"At the end of the day, LifeZone for us has two parts," Abraham said. "One is a group of members who consider this their fitness home, where mom and dad can get a full workout in, and kids can get training in multiple different sports. But then we're always open to the community if they've got ideas for how they'd like to use the facility."