Park Board News

Market Analysis Underway for Indoor Sports Facility in Elmhurst

The Park Board and City of Elmhurst have hired Conventions, Sports & Leisure International (CSL) to conduct a market and financial feasibility study for an Indoor Sports Facility in Elmhurst. CSL, based in Minnesota, was selected from eight firms, of which five were interviewed by a joint panel of Park and City staff members.  Both the Park Board of Commissioners and the City of Elmhurst Development, Planning, and Zoning Committee gave concurrence to staff to proceed with the hiring of CSL for the study and a contract was signed on May 5, 2016.

Seventy New Trees Planted in Elmhurst Parks in Spring 2016

If you see new trees in your parks, it is all part of the Spring Tree Planting project.  Every year the Park District plants new trees, some for general landscape needs and others to replace those trees removed due to disease or invasive species, such as emerald ash borer. Operating in teams of 3-5 employees, the Parks Division worked hard over the winter months to remove over 300 ash trees due to emerald ash borer this year, in anticipation of replacing many of those trees this spring.

Park Board Approves Sealcoating the Salt Creek Greenway Trail within Elmhurst

Identified in the capital repair and replacement plan for 2016, the Park Board approved the bid to sealcoat the entire length of the Salt Creek Greenway Trail within Elmhurst.  In addition, the following paths will be seal coated; Berens Park paths at The Hub and the connector path from Fair Avenue to the Prairie Path.  The Plunkett Park basketball court will also be seal coated and striped as part of 2016’s seal coating and striping project approved bid totaling $11,493.

Park Board Votes to Improve and Enhance the Sled Hill at Ben Allison Park

You would think moving a pile of dirt to make a new sled hill would be easy, but that is not the case at Ben Allison Park.  Staff at the Park District have been concerned about safety issues at the “beginner sled hill.” The sledding area on the west side of the hill has a short run-out that ends abruptly at a fence and the north side of the hill has an extreme 10-foot vertical drop that ends in the adjacent roadway, Scott Street. In 2013, a barrier and signage was placed on the north edge of the hill to serve as directional control and channel sliders away from the hazard.

Park Board Approves Resurfacing of Eldridge Park Tennis and Roller Hockey Courts

In a perfect world, surfaces would last forever and we would never need to replace courts, driveways, and paths but that is far from the truth here in the Midwest.  Every year the Park District reviews conditions of all courts in the District, and this year identified that severe cracking and surface issues due to heavy usage and aging, make the courts at Eldridge Park the priority for 2016.  The scope of the project involves grinding the existing asphalt pavement and repaving two tennis courts and one roller hockey court.

Board Reviews Plan to Expedite Stormwater Project in Golden Meadows Park

The Elmhurst Park District Board of Park Commissioners reviewed the proposed Golden Meadows Park stormwater IGA prepared by the City of Elmhurst on April 13, 2016 after discussions and review of the agreement took place last week with the Park District attorney and with the Park Board’s stormwater subcommittee.  In an effort to expedite the process and enable the City to help residents in the Pine Street neighborhood as quickly as possible, the subcommittee recommended a new sequence of events aimed at streamlining the agreement.  The proposed new sequencing was also shared with C

Park Board Receives Proposed Golden Meadows IGA

The Park Board received the proposed Intergovernmental Agreement for the use of Golden Meadows for stormwater detention from the City of Elmhurst on the afternoon of March 22, 2016.  The stormwater subcommittee did not have time to review the proposed IGA prior to the March 24, 2016 stormwater subcommittee meeting. The Park District's attorney, District subcommittee members and staff are currently reviewing the IGA with the intent of Park Board discussions at the April 13, 2016 Park Board Meeting.  A copy of the proposed IGA accompanies this article.