Rolling Knolls

Rolling Knolls Pavilion
LEED Platinum-certified Rolling Knolls Pavilion. Photo by Matt McGrane.

A year-round outdoor destination, Rolling Knolls visitors can enjoy a game of disc golf, cross-country skiing, hiking and more. The LEED Platinum-certified building provides affordable meeting and event space overlooking a pond and Poplar Creek.

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Location & Things to Do

Rolling Knolls

Things to Do & Amenities

  1. Portable bathroom open May 1 to October 31 depending on weather conditions.

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts


the indoor event space at Rolling Knolls Pavilion
The indoor event space at Rolling Knolls Pavilion.

Indoor Event Rentals

The LEED-Platinum certified building includes a large meeting/event space that accommodates up to 80 guests and a smaller room for meetings that seats 20. Both rooms have easy access to the outdoor patio area on the ground level and a deck that overlooks a scenic lake offering a beautiful view. This facility is an enjoyable meeting location and can be rented out for private parties, weddings, birthdays, communions, baptismal and organizational meetings.


a person playing disc golf at Rolling Knolls

Disc Golf Course

The disc golf course at Rolling Knolls is designed to provide a great experience for players of all skill levels.


Fishing at Rolling Knolls Pond

This small, 1.8-acre pond has a maximum depth of 7.5 feet and is occasionally influenced by Poplar Creek.


Nature Notes

Meandering along the southern edge of Rolling Knolls is Poplar Creek, a Fox River tributary. The creek connects Rolling Knolls to the much larger Arthur L. Janura Preserve to the east, and provides a corridor for wildlife to travel between natural areas as well as native seeds to disperse throughout the landscape.

Rolling Knoll’s section of Poplar Creek also harbors a seep, which is an area where cool, clean groundwater meets the soil surface. The water flowing at the seep contains minerals dissolved while streaming through calcium-rich soil. The water is also insulated from fluctuating surface temperatures, remaining cool in the summer and above freezing throughout winter. This creates a microclimate that sustains unique native vegetation such as Skunk Cabbage, Mash Marigold and Great Angelica.


Rolling Knolls Pavilion
LEED Platinum-certified Rolling Knolls Pavilion. Photo by Matt McGrane.

LEED Building Information

The LEED Platinum-certified Rolling Knolls Pavilion was designed using maximal sustainable design standards. A portion of the original clubhouse was incorporated in the design, reducing the need for new materials as well as connecting the new building to the site’s history in the community.

Through a combination of strategies below, the building uses 50% less energy than a comparable building. When considering the renewable energy systems, this facility will ultimately use 70% less energy than a comparable building.

Energy

  • Rooftop Solar Panels
  • Geothermal Heat Exchange
  • High-Performance Insulation
  • High-Efficiency Windows
  • LED Lighting and Controls
  • Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) HVAC System

 Water

  • Stormwater Management
  • Landscaping with Native Species
  • Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures
  • Off-Grid Well and Septic System

Additionally, construction material was sustainably sourced in a number of different ways. Materials were selected for their durability, recycled content, proximity to the site, and their ability to be sustainably salvaged for future use.