Focus on the Future

Focus on the Future

Your Parks. Your Community. Your Vision.

You’ve told us a lot about your vision for the future so far, and we’re listening.

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Focus on the Future

 

You’ve told us a lot about your vision for the future so far, and we’re listening

  • You’d like new places to play
  • You want more community programming
  • You want even better upkeep of parks and fields

We want to make it happen, however we have limited financial resources

  • Our tax rate is one of the lowest compared to other DuPage County park districts
  • In October 2019, a majority of registered voters did not support a referendum for the six proposed Vision 2020 large-scale projects that addressed the community’s vision of parks and recreation priorities (2019 Voter Survey data)
  • Even with limited resources and aging facilities, we are addressing some of the identified priorities and continue to provide critical community benefits (e.g., environmental, social, health and wellness, educational, etc.) and contribute to Elmhurst’s quality of life
  • With input from the community again, the Park District will redefine Vision 2020 Plan priorities in 2022-23 to create a new community-driven vision of parks and recreation for 2023 and beyond.

Read More About Vision 2020

 

Parks - Vision 2020

Meet community need for parks, open space, and outdoor amenities.

Meet community need for new and existing indoor recreation space.

Innovative programming to meet community needs

Exceptional and consistent guest experience.

Finance

Sustainable revenue strategies and funding options

Strengthen Organizational Culture.

Frequently Asked Questions

Vision 2020 is a collaborative community-wide effort to define Elmhurst’s priorities and help guide future Park District planning efforts. We’re using Park District resources to put your long-range vision into action. Research we conducted to help develop Vision 2020 confirmed that Elmhurst’s residents love their parks and want to ensure the facilities and opportunities they enjoy are preserved and improved for current and future generations.

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We’ve gathered your suggestions, ideas and feedback through several points of community input and discussion since our Vision 2020 process began in Fall 2016, such as at open houses and through scientific and online surveys, focus groups and interviews. We also conducted a community needs assessment of current programs, facilities and amenities. We’re still listening and want to hear from you. Let us know what your vision for the future of Elmhurst’s programs, parks and open space looks like.

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Based on community input, six large scale projects were identified as high priorities: building a new Indoor Sports Facility; constructing a new Adult Center; replacing the Wagner Community Center and Eldridge Park Recreation Building; developing a Dog Park (at 0S761 Old York Road); Acquiring Open Space in identified neighborhoods lacking parks; and Improving the Maintenance and Condition of all Parks.

Based on the potential costs and the Park District’s available budget, additional funding will be necessary for the projects identified as community priorities. The Park District has determined what it might cost to provide the facilities and amenities the community wants and conducted a survey of registered voters in October 2019 to see the level of support for a referendum to fund these projects. The results of the survey illustrated that voters do not support a tax increase to cover the total cost proposed for all of the projects. Based on this input, the Park Board decided not to continue with a potential referendum in March 2020 and include the $57 million Indoor Sports Facility project in any potential future referendum.

In early 2020, the Park Board and staff continued to review and refine project plans and cost/funding options based on the District’s long-term financial picture, needs assessment data, Vision 2020 community and voter surveys results, and focus groups held in early March 2020. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Park Board refocused its funding strategy at its March 30, 2020 meeting by stopping planning for a potential referendum in November 2020 and pursuing the contingent based purchase of the 837 S. Riverside Drive property.

Due to dedicated outside funding, the District was able to begin smaller projects in 2021 to increase green space and neighborhood parks and renovate the new Adult Center facility. The District started redevelopment work at Centennial Park, the District’s newest park, based on the master plan approved by the Park Board, which reflects community input. Dedicated in 2020, the park is located at 155 E. St Charles Road. The District is also currently renovating the building on the site to become the new Adult Center, which the Vision 2020 process found to be a key need in the community. Those plans included both acquiring the 155 E. St. Charles Road facility and selling The Abbey to Elmhurst School District #205. These projects will be completed in 2022.

Another park to see upgrades in 2021 is Glos Park, which is located in the downtown area. In 2016, the District acquired 135 Palmer Drive, a building adjacent to Glos Park. In 2021, the District demolished the building and parking lot, which were in poor condition, and returned it to open space for the densely populated neighborhood. Other site improvements will be completed this year as well based on the master plan approved by the Park Board, which reflects community input.

Funding for the Centennial Park and Adult Center projects is primarily from the $1,600,000 sale of The Abbey Senior Center to Elmhurst School District #205 while previously received developer donations is funding the 135 Palmer Drive demolition and site improvements at Glos Park.

In 2022, the Park Board and staff will consider new financial strategies to address remaining large-scale project priorities. The District will continue gathering community feedback to ensure that the community’s future parks and recreation needs are met in a fiscally responsible and sustainable manner. The Park Board will be transparent with the community on the next steps that it will take to move Vision 2020 priorities forward.

For more information about these projects click here and here.

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Additional funding is necessary for some of these projects. Therefore, the availability of additional resources and revenue will dictate if and when work could begin on the new dog park, new indoor sports facility, new Wagner Community Center and Eldridge Recreation Building, acquisition of more open space, and improved park maintenance.

Due to dedicated outside funding, the District was able to begin smaller projects in 2021 to increase green space and neighborhood parks and renovate the new Adult Center facility. The District started redevelopment work at Centennial Park, the District’s newest park, based on the master plan approved by the Park Board, which reflects community input. Dedicated in 2020, the park is located at 155 E. St Charles Road. The District is also currently renovating the building on the site to become the new Adult Center, which the Vision 2020 process found to be a key need in the community. Those plans included both acquiring the 155 E. St. Charles Road facility and selling The Abbey to Elmhurst School District #205. These projects will be completed in 2022.

Another park to see upgrades in 2021 is Glos Park, which is located in the downtown area. In 2016, the District acquired 135 Palmer Drive, a building adjacent to Glos Park. In 2021, the District demolished the building and parking lot, which were in poor condition, and returned it to open space for the densely populated neighborhood. Other site improvements will be completed this year as well based on the master plan approved by the Park Board, which reflects community input.

Funding for the Centennial Park and Adult Center projects is primarily from the $1,600,000 sale of The Abbey Senior Center to Elmhurst School District #205 while previously received developer donations is funding the 135 Palmer Drive demolition and site improvements at Glos Park.

In 2022, the Park Board and staff will consider new financial strategies to address remaining large-scale project priorities. The District will continue gathering community feedback to ensure that the community’s future parks and recreation needs are met in a fiscally responsible and sustainable manner. The Park Board will be transparent with the community on the next steps that it will take to move Vision 2020 priorities forward.

For more information about these projects click here and here.

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Thank you for your support! Continue to provide feedback here. Follow the Elmhurst Park District on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and look for updates and information on our website and in our e-newsletter, A Walk in the Park. You can sign up for our e-newsletter here.

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Since 2018, the District has been implementing the community’s future vision of parks and recreation services in Elmhurst as articulated in the Vision 2020 Plan. In the fifth year of the Plan, the Board and staff remain dedicated to addressing the six strategic themes for parks, facilities, programming, communications, finance and internal operations.

Due to the dramatic financial and operational impacts of the pandemic, the District’s Vision 2020 Strategic Work Plan (SWP) needed to be reevaluated based on current data trends. In late-fall 2020 the Board and staff developed the 2021 SWP by reviewing performance data, economic indicators, national and local trends, and community and employee feedback. To address the needs identified in the data trends, the Board and staff developed Vision 2020 strategic priorities to continue focusing on the Plan’s goals during the pandemic. Reflected in the 2021 budget and work plans, these 2021 SWP priorities focused on the following next steps:

  • strategically position the District in 2021 to successfully reopen facilities and grow core offerings within Restore Illinois Plan guidelines and address some participants continued reluctance to be indoors;
  • facilitate future financial sustainability;
  • complete high priority park and facility projects with dedicated revenue sources (e.g., Adult Center renovation, Centennial Park development, Glos Park expansion); and
  • maintain a strong organizational culture as staff continue to face challenges while working during a pandemic.

As reflected in the 2022 budget and work plans, the 2022 SWP focuses on the next steps towards continued implementation of Vision 2020 strategy as the District positions itself for the future after the pandemic (2023 and beyond) including:

  • complete Vision 2020 park and facility projects with dedicated revenue sources;
  • facilitate a successful recovery from pandemic-related financial and operational constraints;
  • update and communicate capital and other strategic priorities; and
  • foster a strong organizational culture.

In 2022, the Park Board and staff will develop new fiscally responsible strategies to address the remaining large-scale project priorities (such as a dog park) based on community feedback. These strategies will create a new community-driven vision of parks and recreation for 2023 and beyond.

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Contact Laura Guttman at (630) 993-8920, or click here to provide feedback.

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News & Updates

2 months 1 week ago

A new playground is coming to Eldridge Park's east side!

2 months 3 weeks ago

For the sixteenth year in a row, the Elmhurst Park District has earned the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada

6 months 3 weeks ago

Expressing a continued commitment toward strategically advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) across the organization, the Elmhurst Park D

1 year 1 month ago

Master Plans for the expansion of Glos Memorial Park and the development of

1 year 2 months ago

Update - This survey is now closed.

1 year 2 months ago

Update: Due to weather, we will be meeting inside at Centennial Recreation Center.

We are working to enhance a park in your community and we need your help. Stop by our Open House at to give your opinion about the proposed Master Plan for the park.

1 year 3 months ago

Update - This survey is now closed. 

Elmhurst Park District is looking for community input on what new amenities to implement to the Glos Memorial Park Expansion. (142 E. Park and Expansion site 135 Robert Palmer Dr.) The northern end of the park shall remain.

1 year 3 months ago

Glos Memorial Park has provided open space and formal gardens in downtown Elmhurst, the community’s most de

1 year 3 months ago

5/3/21 - Please note that this open house is being moved indoors to the History Museum annex due to the rain forecast this evening.

1 year 4 months ago

We are working to enhance a park in your community and we need your help.

1 year 6 months ago

Improvements at the newest District park and expansion of green space are just some of the proposed capital projects District staff is planning for