Gym coming to Hickory to offer cheer and martial arts

By Jessie Molloy

A gym that offers cheerleading, gymnastics and martial arts classes plans to open next April in Hickory Hills.

The Hickory Hills City Council on Dec. 13 voted unanimously to approve a business license for Flying High Sports and Rec Center. The gym, which has a location in Countryside, will opening at 9911 S. 78th Ave. Flying High has outgrown its Countryside location and will be using the new facility to house an expanded competitive cheerleading program as well as youth birthday parties, owner Laura Meyer told the council.

The center offers gymnastics, cheerleading, dance and martial arts lessons, and hosts children's birthday parties. Meyer said the Hickory location is perfect for the facility's unusual space requirements.

Aldermen also voted unanimously to approve an ordinance creating the appointed position of city plan review officer, which will work with the city council's building committee.

Hickory Hills Mayor Mike Howley explained that the new officer will be a specialist who will review more technical and complex building plans for the city on a regular basis. The creation of the position is intended to save the city time and money by eliminating the need to hire private firms to review such plans.