Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration

District to Continue Monarch Butterfly Stewardship

At its June 26 meeting, the Elmhurst Park District Board of Park Commissioners passed a resolution to formally commit the District’s continued practices of working with the DuPage Monarch Project and being a leader in the maintaining and promoting of monarch habitats throughout Elmhurst.

The decline of the monarch butterfly has raised public awareness in calling for organizations to help protect these species and foster habitats for monarchs and other pollinators.

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.

Park District applies for IPRA Outstanding Facility Award for Wilder Park Conservatory

The IPRA ( Illinois Park & Recreation Association)  awards agencies for outstanding and unique achevements in the design and development of a renovated facility.  This year, the Elmhurst Park District has entered a submission for the beautiful restoration of Wilder Park Conservatory which reopened in April of 2014. The winners will be announced at the January IAPD/IPRA conference awards luncheon.  We'll let you know if we take home the award!

Simplicity with Grace: The Wilder Park Conservatory Restoration Story

After a long winter, staff is excited to finish the last leg of the Wilder Park Conservatory Project - the landscaping.  One of the basic principles of landscape architecture is for the landscape to accentuate the building like a picture frame and not draw attention away from the masterpiece.  This specific landscape principle will be applied to the surroundings of the historic Wilder Park Conservatory, resulting in Simplicity with Grace.  The landscaping is expected to hit completion by Friday, April 18.

Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration Project - What Polar Vortex?

Spring has arrived early at the Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse.  Inside it is a comfortable 80 degrees and the springlike scent of soil and plants lingers.  It's hard to believe that just on the other side of the glass is the frigid winds and arctic temperatures of another polar vortex.  The contractors continue to wrap up their work; completing paint touch-ups, hanging exterior lights, and installing the Conservatory windows and vestibule.  The unfrozen portions of the perimeter construction fence have been removed, giving patrons a better look at the restore

PARC Funding Received for Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration Project

PARC Funding Received for Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration Project

The fully restored Wilder Park Conservatory and beautiful new greenhouse, scheduled to open to the public on April 12, 2014, were partially funded thanks to a Park & Recreational Facility Construction Act (PARC) grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR.)  The grant funding was created by Public Act 096-0820 to provide grants to be disbursed by the IDNR to eligible local governments for park and recreation unit construction projects.  The grant program stipulates that the District initially fund the entire cost of the project, with reimbursement at 50% and

Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration Project - Going Green

The Propagating House is going green, as plants have been moved back into the facility from their temporary homes throughout the District.  Meanwhile, carpenters are installing the wood windows and doors in the Conservatory.   They are also framing the new Conservatory vestibule.  The use of wood in the Conservatory is part of the restoration process, returning the structure to its original form.  The installation of the new fence surrounding the Propagating House has been completed and provides a secure area for the storage of materials.  Behind the scenes Par

Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration Project - Wrapping Up Construction

As the project winds down the scope of the work on the Wilder Park Conservatory and Greenhouse Restoration Project has shifted from large-scale items to detail work.  Electricians are programming the building’s automation systems for heating and ventilation.  Carpenters are framing the Conservatory’s vestibule and will hang the perimeter windows in the coming weeks.  The hardware for the new ADA-accessible exterior doors has been installed and includes automatic openers.   The old fence surrounding the Propagating House has been removed and new posts were set with n

Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration Project - Rounding Third and Heading Home

Construction crews are in the final stages of the Wilder Park Conservatory and Greenhouse Restoration Project.  The most noticeable progress is that nearly all the glass panels are up in the Conservatory, Greenhouse, and Propagating House.  The remaining sections of glass are custom jobs.  The glass panels on the east and west walls of the Link all must be hand-cut due to their shape, while the perimeter wood-framed windows for the Conservatory are being custom-made in order to maintain the historical character required by the restoration guidelines.  Meanwhile the perim

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