The Elmhurst Park District offers a wide variety of organized programs for all ages. From Tinker Toddler Time to Babysitting Basics for preteens to fun trips and specialty classes for adults, our goal is to provide recreational programs for all ages.

History of Elmhurst Park District Programs

In 1942, nearly 22 years after the organization of the Elmhurst Park District, the first organized recreation programs began. In 1958 the voters of the Park District approved an increase in the tax rate increasing funds available for maintenance and development and increasing the recreational program fund. Support for the referendum was provided by community groups, but was particularly important from the Recreation Council, a volunteer group formed for the promotion of increased recreation in Elmhurst. In 1960, the District’s first professional master plan was prepared and as a result a Director of Parks and Recreation was hired, followed in 1961 with the hiring of the first full-time Superintendent of Recreation, bringing the total number of full-time employees to seven. Click here to view one of our first brochures - the 1962-1963 Notice of all District Activities.

Ice Skating Closing

Eldridge Park Lagoon Ice Skating - CLOSED

As of Thursday, March 2, 2017 – The lagoon is CLOSED and the red flag is in place.
Staff tests the ice in 6 locations and all 6 locations need to reach a consistent (3 day) thickness of 8 inches before we will open the lagoon for skating.
The lagoon at Eldridge Park is used for ice skating during the winter months. Open water presents unique challenges for an ice skating rink. Ice is unpredictable due to changes in air and water temperature, salinity, water flow, snow cover, etc. Staff documents daily inspections of the ice at the lagoon. Once the ice reaches a consistent (3 day) thickness of 8 inches a green flag will be posted and the lagoon will be open for skating. 

Plunkett Park

1 month 1 week ago

Plans for the redevelopment of Plunkett Park playground moved forward at the Monday, March 13 Park Board meeting, with the Board approving both the Plunkett Park Playground Redevelopment Project and the Plunkett Park

3 months 3 days ago

At the Tuesday, January 17 Park Board Meeting, plans for the updating of Plunkett Park playground were approved.

Marjorie Davis Plot Project

1 week 4 days ago

The 2017 Marjorie Davis Garden Plot Project is underway. The construction and silt fencing has been installed and the tree removal has been completed.