Parkside Athletics Racquet & Health Club

PPDweblogopngParkside Athletics is owned and operated by the Pekin Park District. Parkside opened in 1975 and originally named The Court House due to having four indoor tennis courts, locker rooms a lounge for tennis and two other small areas for fitness programming. Parkside has had three expansions to get to where it is today. The first expansion was to add racquetball courts and expand its area for fitness equipment and programming. The second expansion added a professional entrance with a new front desk and lobby area, an expanded Kidz Klub and an addition to the free weight area. The third and most recent expansion added another addition to the free weight area, created a personal training studio, expanded the Kidz Klub again, created a new larger cardio equipment area as well as a second cardio equipment area and three group fitness studios, including one for group cycle classes. The Pekin Park District is serious about the health and fitness of our community by allowing member and non members alike to access the facility and its programs through various ways.


Parkside Athletics has something for the entire family. 

  • Over 55,000 square feet for fitness
  • Ellipticals
  • Cardio Theatre or personal viewing screens on all cardio machines
  • Huge free weight area
  • 3 group exercise studios
  • 4 indoor tennis courts
  • 8 indoor Pickleball courts
  • Sauna in both locker rooms
  • 3 racquetball / wallyball courts
  • Pro shop
  • Treadmills
  • Stair masters
  • Recumbent and upright bikes
  • Certified personal trainers
  • Spinning studio
  • Les Mills Group X classes
  • Towel service
  • Over 60 group exercise classes weekly
  • 16 - 50" plasma TVs for your viewing pleasure while working out

Parkside is staffed with professional instructors and certified personal trainers to assist you with your choice of fitness activities. Tennis lessons, leagues, tournaments and special events are offered throughout the year.

Cardio & Strength Equipment

Parkside Athletics features a variety of state-of-the-art equipment for all fitness levels. We have a large dedicated resistance training center including a complete Nautilus & Technogym circuit, free weight area, bench area, and an extensive variety of additional resistance equipment that isolate and train specific muscle groups. When used in conjunction with a personal trainer, our free weights and resistance equipment are the key to focusing on specific body-shaping goals. We also feature a complete cardio center that is equipped with upright and reclined-position stationary bikes, treadmills, and elliptical trainers, rowing machines, and a stretching and abdominal workout area complete with floor mats. To add variety to your exercise program try one of our racquetball/wallyball courts or a class in our group exercise studio.


New members can take advantage of 3 FREE general orientations. Let a fitness instructor show you how to use the facility safely and effectively. Whether you need a hand with a difficult stretch or want to learn about a new piece of equipment, the Parkside Athletics floor staff is always nearby and ready to help!


Parkside Athletics offers one on one personalized training, group training and specialized personal training designed to accelerate your fitness success. When you purchase a personal training pacakge you will receive a fitness assessment where your trainer will discuss your goals, review your medical and training history, and then carefully plan out a structured approach to achieving your desired outcome. Individual training allows you to focus specifically on your workout, your goals and your fitness success. Regardless of your experience, needs and goals, Parkside Athletics will help you reach your optimal health through strength training, cardiovascular training, and education.


For ages 3 months to 10 years. Enjoy your work-out and leave the kids with us. Our staff will provide games, crafts, movies and so much more. KIDZ KLUB is a member-only service. $5 per child per visit or $20 per month for one child. $5 per additional child for unlimited visits.


The Parkside Athletics Pro Shop offers a wide variety of nutritional supplements including energy drinks, protein shakes, and meal replacement products. We also carry weightlifting, fitness, group fitness, tennis and racquetball accessories. If we do not carry the product you are looking for we can order it for you.


Congratulations and sincere thanks go out to all of our inspirational Club Ambassadors! A free T-shirt and a one month membership credit is given to all new Club Ambassadors who refer a new member to our Club.