Elmhurst Park District News

Illinois Prairie Path Realignment

The DuPage County Department of Transportation's construction project to realign the Illinois Prairie Path for convenient and safe access to users will begin on July 21.  The path will be realigned and paved at the railroad crossing to provide a safer crossing.  Improvements include detectable warnings, new path accesses at both Pioneer Park and the intersection of Prospect & Seminole Avenues, and a new alignment at Seminole Avenue. 

Nine Ways to Have Fun in the Parks

Tired of watching your kids stare mindlessly at their computer screens?  Have a bad case of cabin fever?  Then take action and head to your local park for some outdoor, lag-free fun!  Elmhurst's parks are well-maintained and fun for people of all ages.  Here are just a few ways to enjoy your time at the park:

1.)  Have a Picnic:  What's better than sitting back, relaxing, eating great food and spending time with family and friends?  Not a whole lot.  All you need is a blanket, basket, food, friends, and sunshine and you're ready to go!

Lifeguard Harry Bell Saves A Life Before Even Reporting for Duty

Seventeen-year-old Fenwick High School senior Harry Bell didn't anticipate how critical freshman year health class would prove, but the importance of his training hit home in January 2014, when his father suffered a heart attack.  Certified in CPR thanks to the class, Bell instinctively took action, completing over five minutes of chest compressions until his mother relieved him due to fatigue.  Together they saved his father's life, keeping the oxygen pumping to his brain until an ambulance arrived. 

Elmhurst's Newest Monarch Way Station: The Great Western Prairie

Thanks to the Crestview Garden Club, Elmhurst's stretch of the Great Western Prairie between Berkley Avenue and Rte. 83 has been designated a Monarch Way Station by the University of Kansas.  The Crestview Garden Club donated funds to apply for the designation, and posted signs recognizing the way station.  The Prairie Restoration volunteers and Crestview Garden Club also planted milkweed, which helps attract monarch butterflies.

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