Lillian L. Lutz Recreation Center - The Lil'
About The Lil'

Family-friendly summer fun!
Enjoy our all-inclusive facility and easy-to-supervise layout
Staffed by experienced, Red Cross certified lifeguards
State-of-the-art pool features two shallow ends (one of which is only two feet deep!)
Deep end, water slide and pool basketball
Interactive splash pad, surrounded by child-friendly fencing and a safety gate!

More than just a pool!
Multi-purpose sports court
Two Max Davidson tennis courts
Pool lodge – with hot and cold food at The Lil’ Café.


Our History

The Elms Swim & Tennis Club, a summer retreat for generations of Highland Park and surrounding neighborhood families, sought assistance from JCYS to help maintain their community pool in 1998.  Two years later, ownership was officially transferred and the complex was renamed the JCYS Max Davidson Tennis and Swim Center.  A complete renovation, funded by the Marshall G. Lutz Foundation, resulted in the new, state-of-the-art Lillian L. Lutz Recreation Center in 2011.

Our Staff

We know that our staff is just as important to our families as the pool and facility itself.  Over 30 employees make up our team of lifeguards, swim instructors, camp counselors, and hospitality staff.

photo of Jori Rosenblatt

Jori Rosenblatt Director of the Lillian L. Lutz Recreation Center and Jon Vegosen Champ Camp  |  (847) 433-6001, ext 102

Jori brings her contagious, happy energy to The Lil’ after six summers as the North Shore Day Camp Program Director. Her dedication to helping children and families shines through in her school year position at the Lutz Family Center, teaching kindergarten enrichment and preschool. In addition to bringing “Easy Family Fun” to The Lil’, Jori is the director of JCYS Jon Vegosen Champ Camp.

Tennis Instruction
Champ Camp’s tennis program is led by effervescent head tennis pro, Kim Kehl.
Kim’s passion for tennis produced an overall 83% increase in campers tennis skills.
75% of campers expressed a new found interest in tennis.

Coach Kim also runs Cardio Tennis, private and group lessons, personal training, and classes for all skill sets and ages.

To register for a tennis class or for more information about Coach Kim, visit, or contact him directly at (847) 331-4156 or



Swim instructors
Led by Aquatics Director, Geoffrey Schott, our Red-Cross certified swim instructors have excellent aquatic skills and a genuine love of kids. Our teachers adapt to each child’s unique learning style and enjoy watching their swimmers progress. They understand that kids learn the most when having fun!

Experienced, Red Cross certified lifeguards receive continued training throughout the summer.  When not in a guard chair, they are happy to get you a kick board or basketball, but when on watch, our lifeguards are focused on the safety of our guests.

Camp Staff
The Lil’ camp counselors are the best of the best! Chosen for their kind hearts, good judgment, spirited energy and nurturing temperament, each counselor is a role model for your child.
Our staff returns year after year to make sure every camper has the best summer ever.