Elmhurst Park District News

Never a Dull Moment at Park District Swimming Pools

fun at Smalley Pool

Don’t miss attending one of the many fun-filled days planned for July at the Park District pools. Visit East End Pool on Sunday, July 12 or Smalley Pool on Sunday, July 19 for Pass Holder Appreciation Day, which include raffles, prizes and other fun surprises that show how much we appreciate our Pass Holders. If you love floating away on the water, you won’t want to miss Inflatable Fridays, July 10 at Smalley Pool and July 17 at East End Pool, when visitors are welcome to bring in their pool noodles, beach balls and other inflatable toys.

Elmhurst Cycling Classic Featuring Family Fun Ride and Twilight Racing

Cycling Classic Fast Bikes

The 3rd annual Elmhurst Cycling Classic will take place on Friday, July 24th. Spectators will thrill to watch amateur and professional bike racers race around Elmhurst College and Wilder Park. Races begin around 11 a.m., but this year, many of the fastest races will occur after 5 p.m., giving those coming home from work a chance to watch the action. Adding to the excitement, the last race will occur after sunset, making for a gripping and unique final race under the twilight sky.

New Butterfly Garden Provides Tranquil Setting in Wilder Park

Wilder Park Butterfly Garden Pretty Butterfly

Visitors to Wilder Park Conservatory can now look forward to a recently planted butterfly garden, located near the south wall of the greenhouse. The garden is one of the last pieces of the Conservatory’s restoration project to come into place, although it already looks as natural to the setting as the redwoods which nestle this serene alcove. In the garden, visitors will find many native ornamentals which attract butterflies and hummingbirds and should help to grow the butterfly population in the area.

Elmhurst Gymnastic Coaches Assist at Special Olympics Event

Elmhurst Gymnastics Volunteers Special Olympics

Five Elmhurst Gymnastics Center coaches took time to volunteer as officials for the Special Olympic Summer Games recently. Held June 12-14 at Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University, the games brought together more than 4,000 athletes competing in 6 different sports. The coaches, Annette Nocek, Michelle Swanberg, Keawe Winstead, Bret Golz and Sam Bode, volunteered as judges for the gymnastics events, with one volunteer describing it as an “awesome” experience, which they hope to take part in again next year. 

Pesticide Application in Elmhurst Parks

Please be aware that pesticide application for weed control will begin on Monday, June 15 in all Elmhurst District parks. Weather permitting, it will take Elmhurst Park District staff approximately three weeks to complete this project. Areas where pesticide has been applied will be flagged and may be entered once the product has dried. Those with questions can contact the Division Manager of Parks.

Still Room to Register in Early Childhood Summer Camps

Elmhurst early childhood camps

Summer camps for early childhood have begun, but space is still available so it is not too late to register. If you have a child between the ages of 2-5, these camps provide an enriching and engaging environment for your little one and, with several camps and shifts to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect fit. View our 2015 Summer Camp Guide to learn more and to register.  

Blue Star Memorial Dedication at Wilder Park

June 13, 2015 - 1:00pm
Blue Star Memorial Sign

On Saturday, June 13 the Elmhurst Garden Club in cooperation with the Elmhurst Park District invited the public to Wilder Park for a dedication ceremony of a Blue Star Memorial marker, which was placed in the Herb Garden. The Blue Star Memorial Program honors all men and women that serve in the United States Armed Services; those that have defended, are defending and will defend. The program was inspired by the acts of the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs, which in 1944 planted 8,000 Dogwood trees as a living memorial to World War II veterans.

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