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East Library and Recreation Center opens its doors to the Arlington community | News

The City of Arlington’s East Library and Recreation Center, featuring an outdoor innovation space designed by UTA students, held its grand opening Monday.

The 47,249-square-foot building is the first collaboration between Arlington’s Parks and Recreation and Libraries departments and replaces the Hugh Smith Recreation Center and East Branch Library.

The recreation center is equipped with fitness and community rooms, a gym, a 113,000 gallon indoor pool, a child care center and senior lounge. The 8,500-square-foot library offers books in physical, digital and audiobook formats, as well as DVDs, free Wi-Fi and adult education classes.



East Library and Recreation Center opens its doors to the Arlington community

Lifeguards swim and demonstrate different areas of the pool during a ribbon-cutting at the East Library and Recreation Center on Nov. 9 in Arlington. The pool features a climbing wall, zip line and area for water aerobics.



Lemuel Randolph, Parks and Recreation director, said the project started around 10 to 12 years ago through the groundwork laid by the Parks and Recreation department, an invested City Council and citizen support.

The $26 million project was approved by Arlington voters, along with other community projects, in the 2014 Bond Election.

The library and recreation center will help nurture community identity, improve east Arlington neighborhoods and enhance lives, Randolph said.

Graduate architecture students Belén Vigil, Lydia Martinez and Iran Mejia were part of a 14-student group that designed the outdoor innovation space. The three attended the grand opening to talk about their design.

With an Innovation Zone grant, the team set out to extend technology access to the east Arlington community, designing pods and a gathering area.

Currently, the outdoor space has three pods with TVs, outlets, seating for two and fold-down tables. Once complete, there will be more tables and a canopy.



East Library and Recreation Center opens its doors to the Arlington community

Architecture graduate student Iran Mejia, left, talks with State Rep. Chris Turner during a ribbon-cutting at the East Library and Recreation Center on Nov. 9 in Arlington. Mejia was one of several College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs students who designed the new facility’s outdoor space.



Partnering with the Libraries and Parks and Recreation departments, the team sent surveys and met with community members to discuss what people of different age groups would want to see at the new location.

Through those interactions, especially with children, Vigil said they knew they needed to have a space for kids to play.

Libraries director Norma Zuniga said it was apparent how much Arlington loves its libraries because they have been growing alongside each other since the first library, a stored box of books, was started in 1923.

With advanced technology and over 30,000 items, she said the new library offers support for literacy and learning for all ages.

High school equivalency, English as a second language and citizenship classes are some of the adult education classes that will be offered along with workforce training.

“Libraries and parks and recreation make great neighborhoods,” Zuniga said. “The investment made in this community will leave a legacy for years

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Man Stabbed Multiple Times At Arlington Heights Hotel

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL — A 54-year-old man remains in critical, but stable condition, at an area hospital after being stabbed multiple times by another male late Saturday night in Arlington Heights. Police were called to a hotel in the 2100 block of South Arlington Heights Road at around 11:15 p.m., where they found the man in the hotel lobby.

Police performed life-saving aid on the man, who was then treated by the Arlington Heights Fire Department upon their arrival, according to a press release. After he was stabilized, the man was transported to an area hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery for life-threatening injuries. He remains hospitalized in critical, but stable condition.

The male accused of aggravated battery in the stabbing remains at large, but there is no indication he poses any threat to the public as the investigation suggests this is an isolated incident between two acquaintances. According to police, the male accused in the stabbing knows the victim and although their interaction precipitating the stabbing is not yet clear, this does not appear to be a random act of violence. Due to the victim’s injuries, he has been unable to shed any light on this aspect of the investigation to date.

The Arlington Heights Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau is actively pursuing all investigative leads, according to the release.

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Police searching for suspect in stabbing at Arlington Heights hotel

Arlington Heights police are searching for the suspect in a stabbing Saturday night that left a 54-year-old man hospitalized in critical condition.

Police said that while the suspect remains at large, he is not believed to be a threat to the public.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

The stabbing was the result of an interaction between acquaintances, police said.

Officers found the stabbing victim at about 11:15 p.m. Saturday while responding to a 911 call from the lobby of a hotel on the 2100 block of South Arlington Heights Road, officials said.

The victim, who suffered multiple stab wounds to the chest, received lifesaving aid from officers and then was taken to a hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery for life-threatening injuries, police said. He remains in critical, but stable condition, police said Monday.

Police said it is not yet clear what occurred between the two men before the knife attack. Because of the victim’s injuries, he has been unable to provide any information.

The Arlington Heights Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau is actively pursuing leads and will provide more information as it becomes available, police said.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

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