Elmhurst Park District News

Public Meeting Concerning Proposed Stormwater Detention Sites

October 01, 2014 - 7:00pm

The Elmhurst Park District invites you to attend a Public Meeting on October 1, 2014

In an effort to make the entire community aware of the issues the Park Board is discussing concerning the City of Elmhurst request for use of parks as stormwater detention sites and to receive resident comments, a public meeting will be held Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7:00 p.m.. at The Abbey, 407 W. St. Charles Rd.  The meeting will begin with a brief overview of the issues and will be followed by a public question-and-answer session.

New Radio Flyer Ad Filmed in Butterfield Park

If you happen to be browsing the Radio Flyer website or YouTube page, or notice a product demo video in Toys R Us or Walmart with a familiar background, you're not experiencing deja vu:  Elmhurst's very own Butterfield Park serves as the backdrop for the new Radio Flyer commercial.  A film crew spent the majority of Wednesday, August 13 in the park filming the spot.

Touch A Truck and Doc McStuffins

September 06, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Join us at the Berens Park east parking lot for an exciting day of getting up close and personal with trucks.  Kids of all ages (accompanied by an adult) will enjoy exploring their favorite vehicles, including fire trucks, tow trucks, bob cats, cement trucks, police cars, buses, army vehicles, an ambulance, and maybe even a visit from a helicopter.

Kite Fest

On Sunday, August 10, over 1,000 people descended on Berens Park for the First Annual Kite Fest.  With assistance from Chicago Kite's professional stunt flyers, kids were able to create and fly their own kites, and enjoy a breezy afternoon in the park.  Families brought picnics and enjoyed watching the colorful shapes graze the skies.  Make sure to watch for information on next year's event!

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.