Benefits of Membership

  • Recreational activities for seniors (55+) in Normal and the surrounding area
  • Assistance services for seniors (55+) in Normal and the surrounding area
  • Nutritional and health support
  • Opportunities for improving fitness
  1. ​Access to indoor walking track (13 laps = 1 mile)
  2. Fitness Center open to all ARC members provides access to various cardio and weight training equipment
  3. Pickleball
  4. Exercise Studio for various fitness classes with an instructor
  • ​Opportunities for socialization and continued learning
  • Shuttle Bus available to all seniors that live in a 7-mile radius of ARC, Mon. - Fri. 
    • ​​The shuttle bus operates Monday through Thursday, according to the ARC calendar year.  Ride times take place between 12-4 PM. The cost for riding the shuttle bus is FREE  In order to run an efficient shuttle bus service, all riders need to reserve a seat by Noon one day in advance.

Costs of Membership

  • Annual Membership - $30/year
  • SilverSneakers®, Silver&Fit®, & Renew Active Members - membership fee waived following verification
  • You can sign up for a new membership or renew using the online member portal on this website.  Renewal forms can also be printed from this page, filled out and mailed to ARC with payment.
  • Those interested in becoming members of ARC who meet the following requirements are eligible for a hardship reduction of the membership fee.  See a manager for further details on the process:
    • ​Annual income < $17,820 for a single person
    • Annual income < $24,030 for a couple

Samantha Scott

Communications Coordinator

Molly Camper

Director of Programming

Communications Coordinator Samantha "Sammi" Scott
Director of Prorgramming Molly Camper
Director Jess Ray smiling in front of ARC Giving Tree

Meet our Management team

​​​​It is the mission of ARC to ​provide a modern, friendly atmosphere for socialization and fitness, as well as recreational, nutritional, health support and assistance services for senior citizens throughout McLean County.

​We believe in supporting a comprehensive range of programs and services for older adults.  Our classes and activities meet a wide array of interests, expectations and needs while we work to continually expand our program.

​ARC, sponsored by Normal Township, works with other supportive senior service agencies and individuals in and outside of McLean County.

At its original opening, the ARC building was used as an ice rink primarily for hockey players.  On March 14, 1988, Illinois State University's Student Recreation Building opened. Renovations now made cardio and weight training equipment available to students along with various courts, raquetball and fitness classes.  The Student Recreation Building closed in December of 2010.

Former Director Jennifer Engelman & Normal Township had been searching for a larger space to house its programs and services for seniors since 2009. They made the agreement to purchase the new building in April 2013.  Extensive remodeling has taken place that allows ARC to offer a wide variety of programs and services to the 55+ community of Bloomington-Normal.

Mission Statement


Become a member today!

Elicssha Sanders

Member Service Manager

Now Available for Rent To Members

Rec Room—$350 for minimum of 2 hour rental + $35 per additional hour

Auditorium—$350 for minimum of 2 hour rental + $35 per additional hour
· Prep Kitchen add-on—$200
· AV Equipment add-on—$75

* Renters must secure copyright licensing and show proof of licensing to show commercial videos in the Auditorium

· Refundable Deposit—$600
Saturdays: Noon—9 PM
Sundays: 6 AM—2 PM
For more details or to fill out a room rental application contact Jess Ray, ARC's Director of Operations, in person or by email at

ARC Room Rentals

Facilities Manager Preston Hill

Preston Hill

Facilities Manager

​​​​​Hours of Operation

Mon & Wed: 6:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Tues & Thurs: 6:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Sat: 8 AM - 4 PM

Jess Ray

Director of Operations

Member Service Manager Elicssha Sanders

*See calendars for program dates & times*

Phone: 309-888-9099

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