308 South Harrison Street, Manito, Illinois 61546
The Forman Center

Small Town Recreation Center To Host Your Events!

Terms Of Use

 Renter Responsibilities 

As the Renter, you are responsible for:

1.     Paying the rent in a timely manner 

2.    Letting us know at least 30 days in advance if you want to have liquor served at your event. 

3.    Setting up your own tables and chairs (unless you have requested that we do this  and you have paid the fee). 

4.    Seeing that the event is conducted in a manner that is responsible and respectful of the Forman Center. 

5.    Unless you have requested cleaning service and have paid the fee, you are responsible to see that the Center is cleaned properly after the event, including:      

  • Cleaning the floors, counters and all areas used      
  • Taking out garbage to the dumpster in the back of the center       
  • Check rest rooms lights and toilets      
  • Any other general clean-up 

6.    Turning off lights and locking doors 


Failure to do any of these can cause you to forfeit your entire damage deposit and could possibly create additional charges. 

In addition, if you cancel within 30 days of your event, your damage deposit will not be returned.  If you have already paid for your event, you will receive a check for your rental minus the damage deposit. 

Rental of the Forman Center is under the supervision of the Forman Park District Board, a non-profit municipal committee.  We reserve the right to refuse service at our discretion.   

Most of those who care for the Forman Center do so as volunteers.  

Please treat them accordingly.  

The rental fee is due on the date indicated on your invoice.    

Your date will not be considered reserved until the fee is paid, and will be open to rent to others.

There is a damage deposit required for most events. The damage deposit will be returned upon inspection if no damage is detected.  

Rental rates are based on the actual hours you expect to be in the facility, which includes set up as well as clean-up time. If you pay the "maximum rental fee" for the gym you may have until 10:00 am the following day to clean up. There may be rare circumstances where this concession is not possible due to other events.

It is in everyone's best interest if you meet with someone to show you around before your event.  

It is the renter's responsibility to see that the Center is cleaned up inside and out after use. If we have to hire help to clean, the renter will be billed at the rate of $15.00 per hour.

Entrance to the Forman Center 

There are two doors that have a keypad that requires a four digit code. One door is for access to the cafeteria, and one is for access to the gymnasium. A code will be given to you when you rent the Center so that you can admit yourself as needed. Enter the code and then turn the lock. The code will be removed after your event. 

What supplies are furnished? 

Unfortunately, equipment is hard to keep in a public building where there is no full-time supervisor.  There are two closets for brooms, mops, toilet paper, garbage bags, and paper towels.  The closets are located by the restrooms in the gym.  Any kitchen supplies - towels, wash cloths, soap, pans, table service, coolers, etc, must be provided by the renter.  

The kitchen has two stoves and a refrigerator that are available for your use if you rent the kitchen/cafeteria.  

There is also a refrigerator in the gym.  

***The stage, upstairs area and other rooms are off limits.***

How many chairs and tables? 

We have enough seating room for 350, including 44 round tables (33 hard plastic and 11 wood) that are 5' in diameter and seat 8 each, 15 rectangular tables that are 8' long and 8 rectangular tables that are 6' long, and about 320 folding metal chairs.   

What are some common damages? 

  1. The Forman Center is a smoke-free building.  Smoking or vaping is not allowed anywhere in the building.  
  2. Late cancellation. 
  3. Painted surfaces damaged by tape on the walls. 
  4. Leaky ice tubs on the gym floor. 
  5. Messes 
  6. Ceiling tiles broken  

The renter is responsible for the expenses of any and all damages to the building and claims against the Forman Center and Forman Park District as a result of your event.  That includes noise complaints and injuries.  The village has rules on music volume.  Please be considerate of our neighbors.  

Alcoholic Beverages 

As of September 1, 2018, all matters regarding the sales and service of alcoholic beverages at the Forman Center are to be handled by the Forman Park District. We will be happy to provide a cash bar for your event, and will handle all licensing, product ordering, and bar service. If you have any special requests, please notify us. In order to offer alcohol at your event, the Park District MUST be notified no less than 30 days prior to the date of your event.

NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED, whether it is intended to be sold or offered to your guests for free.