New McKendree Metro Rec Plex to be Built in O’Fallon

Photo of the McKendree Rec Plex

A new recreation complex to be built in O’Fallon, Ill., will be the future home of the McKendree Bearcat men’s and women’s hockey teams and several new water sports including swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming teams. Real estate developer Dean Oelze announced plans in November 2014 for a proposed 45-acre commercial development at the corner of Scott-Troy Road and Illinois Route 50 in O’Fallon, Ill. The development will consist of recreational, retail, professional and hospitality-oriented businesses and will be anchored by the McKendree Metro Rec Plex.

The public facility will include two NHL-sized ice rinks, an aquatic center with competition pool and dive area, fitness area and other amenities. It is expected to serve as a regional hub to host swimming, hockey and ice skating tournaments. The facility will be open to the public with the purchase of a membership or daily admission. According to the developer, construction could begin later this year, barring any complications, and is expected to take eight to 12 months.