Parks

Parks

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

  • Goal 1: Maintain and update existing parks, open space, and amenities.
  • Goal 2: Address open space and amenity deficiencies and equitability.
  • Goal 3: Provide new recreational opportunities to respond to community needs.

Tactic 1: Complete Glos Park site improvements (Targeted Completion Date-May 2022)

Project Background

  • Background: Serving the Elmhurst downtown area, Glos Park provides park open space and formal gardens in this densely populated area.
  • Need and Benefits: By demolishing the building on the adjacent property at 135 Palmer Drive (acquired in 2016), the District has the opportunity to increase park open space and amenities for the neighborhood. The Palmer Drive building is in poor condition as illustrated in an independent facility assessment by Dewberry Architects.
  • Cost: The Park Board budgeted $675,853 to hire the landscape architecture firm, Upland Design, to create a development plan for an expanded Glos Park (based on public feedback) and other firms to demolish the building and parking lot and complete site improvements.
  • Funding: Developer donations accrued in previous fiscal years ($675,853).
  • Timeline based on a realistic construction schedule:
    • ​Spring/Summer 2021: Community feedback and project planning
    • August 2021: Demolition of 135 Palmer Drive building
    • Fall 2021: Project bid process and approval and begin construction
    • Winter/Spring 2022: Construction continues with a targeted completion in spring

Progress Update

  • As part of the 2021 capital planning process, staff assessed project next steps, including funding options, which were approved by the Park Board in March 2021 (Fall 2020/Winter 2021)
  • Hacienda Landscaping, Inc. installed site furnishings and amenities and completed landscaping (Spring and Summer 2022)
  • Hacienda Landscaping, Inc. completed site excavation to start construction (Spring 2022)
  • Completed project bid process and Park Board awarded expansion project construction services to Hacienda Landscaping, Inc. (Winter 2022)
  • Purchased new park pergola early due to projected price increases from steel pricing volatility (Fall 2021)
  • Upland Design’s surveyor completed topographic survey to develop construction drawings based on master plan and site elevations (Fall 2021)
  • Fowler Enterprises, LLC demolished building, removed adjacent parking lot, and backfilled and graded site (Summer and Fall 2021)
  • Park Board approved contract for Fowler Enterprises, LLC to provide building demolition services (Summer 2021)
  • R W Collins Company removed a 6,000 gallon heating tank from 135 Palmer Drive property, transported it off site, and disposed its tank product along with contaminated soils (Summer 2021)
  • Midwest Environmental Consulting Services, Inc. completed Palmer Drive building abatement with final air testing (Summer 2021)
  • Park Board reviewed and approved master plan on June 28, 2021 (Summer 2021)
  • Gathered feedback on proposed master plan at a second open house (6/17/21) (26 participants) (Spring 2021)
  • Following the open house, conducted online survey to gather additional input on the concept plans and potential new amenities (605 respondents) (Spring 2021)
  • Held open house (5/3/2021) to gather community feedback on three (3) expansion concepts and potential new park amenities (46 participants) (Spring 2021)
  • Park Board authorized Midwest Environmental Consulting Services, Inc. to provide environmental services (for the Palmer Drive building), including abating all hazardous materials and overseeing the removal of an underground storage tank (Spring 2021)
  • Park Board approved hiring of Upland Design for landscape architect/engineering services to develop park expansion master plan (Spring 2021)
  • Completed final restoration (Summer 2022)
  • Held Grand Opening on July 16 and Park opened to the public (Summer 2022)

Glos Memorial Park approved Master Plan (click to enlarge)

Glos Memorial Park opening and ribbon cutting

Tactic 2: Complete construction of a neighborhood park at Centennial Park (Targeted Completion Date-May 2022)

Project Background

  • Background: Along with renovating the new Adult Center building at Centennial Park (155 E. St. Charles Road), the District is redeveloping the adjacent park open space in 2021.
  • Need: As part of the Vision 2020 park level of service analysis, the planning area for this neighborhood was identified as a high land acquisition priority due to the lack of access to park space and amenities such as a playground. According to the Vision 2020 Plan, 36% of residents do not have access to a neighborhood park within a half mile of their home. Centennial Park meets this need for this neighborhood.
  • Benefits: By improving the site, the District will expand park offerings and the level of services provided to the neighborhood and users of the Adult Center and improve equity across the community regarding access to park amenities. The new park would also enhance the quality of life of the neighborhood due to its environmental and social benefits.
  • Cost: The total budget for this project is $900,000. Project costs include working with Upland Design, a landscape architecture firm, to create a park master plan based on public feedback along with engineering, design, and construction expenses to develop the site.
  • Funding: In 2022, the District will fund the project utilizing $503,600 of The Abbey sale proceeds ($196,400 in 2021) and $200,000 of Special Recreation Association Fund reserves for accessibility improvements.
  • Timeline based on a realistic construction schedule:
    • Spring/Summer 2021: Community feedback and project planning
    • Fall 2021: Project bid process and approval and begin construction
    • Winter/Spring 2022: Construction continues with targeted completion in Spring

Progress Update

  • Park Board approved contract to purchase property at 155 E. St. Charles Road for potential new adult center and park (in a neighborhood identified as deficient in park space) and completed purchase of property (Summer 2019)
  • Park Board dedicated Centennial Park, the first new park in more than three decades (Summer 2020)
  • As part of the 2021 capital planning process, staff assessed project next steps, including funding options, which were approved by the Park Board in March 2021 (Fall 2020/Winter 2021)
  • Board approved hiring of Upland Design for landscape architect/engineering services to develop park master plan (Winter 2021)
  • Held open house (4/22/2021) to gather feedback to shape park plan concepts (52 participants) (Spring 2021)
  • Based on first open house feedback, Upland Design developed two (2) park concept plans and gathered additional feedback at a second open house (5/27/2021)  (15 participants) and via an online survey (683 respondents) (Spring 2021)
  • Based on the second community open house and survey feedback, Upland Design developed draft master plan (Spring 2021)
  • Park Board reviewed and approved draft master plan on June 28, 2021 (Summer 2021)
  • Purchased and received playground equipment and park shelter early due to anticipated price increases and to avoid supply chain back-ups (Summer and Winter 2021)
  • Upland Design completed project engineering and design (Summer 2021)
  • Completed project bid process, including a mandatory on-site pre-bid meeting (10 contractors attended) (Fall 2021)
  • Park Board awarded Centennial Park construction project to E. Hoffman, Inc. (Fall 2021)
  • Completed City of Elmhurst's Planned Unit Development Process for Adult Center/Centennial Park site, including presenting the concept plan to the City's Development, Planning and Zoning Committee and Zoning and Planning Commission and holding a public meeting at the site (Fall 2021)
  • Elmhurst City Council approved the Planned Unit Development application, including an Ordinance granting a Conditional Use permit (Fall 2021)
  • E. Hoffman, Inc. completed site excavation and construction (including sidewalks, concrete, playground and adult fitness equipment installation, plantings, etc.) (Spring 2022)
  • Construction completed (Spring 2022)
  • Held Grand Opening event on June 18 (Summer 2022)

 

Centennial Park Master Plan (click to enlarge)

Centennial Park construction

Centennial Park opening and ribbon cutting

Tactic 3: Redevelop Eldridge Park east play area and pathways (Targeted Completion Date-October 2022)

    Project Background

  • Background: The Eldridge Park east playground was due to be replaced in 2020 per the District’s playground replacement schedule, but was postponed in 2020 and 2021 due to pandemic related financial constraints.  The playground and surface were originally installed in 2000 and have now reached the end of their useful life.
  • Need and Benefits: By redeveloping Eldridge Park east play area and pathways, the District can upgrade outdated equipment (incorporating continued compliance to current safety standards), address deficiencies identified in the District’s Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act Plan, and address the Vision 2020 park assessment deficiencies (playground received a score 78 out of 100).
  • Cost: The Park Board approved $475,000 in the 2022 Budget for the completion of this project (replace the playground equipment, refurbish asphalt pathways, and resurface the parking lot).
  • Funding: Park Board approved utilizing the SRA Fund ($200,000 to address accessibility improvements) and General Fund ($275,000) reserves to cover project costs.
  • Timeline based on a realistic construction schedule:
    • Spring, Summer, and Fall 2019: Completed community feedback and project planning
    • Winter 2020: Park Board approved playground concepts
    • 2020 and 2021:  Project postponed due to pandemic related financial constraints
    • Winter 2022: Park Board approved project construction bid
    • Summer and Fall 2022:  Begin and complete construction

     Progress Update

  • To gather feedback on play area redevelopment, conducted in-person surveys at Eldridge Park and during a Party in the Park (approximately 60 people attended) (Spring/ Summer 2019)
  • Conducted online survey to collect community input on initial playground concepts (Fall 2019)
  • Park Board approved playground concept including many features the community requested, including more climbing equipment, swings, seating, and shade structures (Winter 2020)
  • Postponed project due to pandemic related financial constraints and approved project funding in 2022 Budget (2020/2021)
  • Purchased playground equipment and site furnishings early to avoid supply chain delays and volatile pricing (Winter 2022)
  • Completed project bid process, including pre-bid meeting (11 contractors in attendance) (Winter 2022)
  • Park Board awarded construction services to Hacienda Landscaping, Inc. ($142,570)  (Spring 2022)
  • Kids Around the World, a non-profit organization, removed the existing playground equipment to refurbish and reinstall it in a developing country (Spring 2022)
  • Started construction including removing footing, excavation, and starting installation of playground equipment (Summer 2022)
  • Completed construction and playground opened to the public (Summer 2022)
  • Held ribbon cutting on August 24 (Fall 2022) 

Eldridge Park east playground approved concept (click to enlarge)

Eldridge Park east playground construction

Tactic 4: Restore Sugar Creek Golf Course creek (Targeted Completion Date-March 2024)

Project Background

  • Background:  The Sugar Creek Golf Course creek is compromised by streambank erosion, loss of property, sediment accumulation, water quality degradation, and irrigation pond deterioration. To address these issues, the Creek needs an environmentally sound stream stabilization, pond improvements, and riparian corridor enhancements plan.
  • Need and Benefits:  By addressing these issues the District will avoid additional costs for irrigation upon failure of the current system and the need to change or possibly close up to five golf holes due to unsafe shorelines.
  • Cost:  Initial project total cost estimated at $1,225,000.
  • Funding: 50% will be funded by grants ($672,515) and 50% ($552,485) will be funded equally by the Sugar Creek Golf Course, Village of Villa Park and the Elmhurst Park District. Before grant funding is disbursed after project completion, the entire project cost must be funded by the three entities.
  • Timeline based on a realistic construction schedule:
    • 2018-2022: Apply for grants
    • Fall 2022-Spring 2023: Construction timeline
    • Summer 2023: Construction targeted completion

Progress Update

  • Park Board approved project to restore eroding creek (Summer 2018)
  • Worked with Living Waters Consultants, Inc. on grant submittals, final engineering, and permit applications (Fall 2018)
  • Received $47,000 grant through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program (Fall 2019)
  • Living Waters Consultants, Inc., completed final engineering plans (Spring 2020)
  • Notified by DuPage County that $60,000 of grant funding was approved through the Water Quality Improvement Program (Spring 2021)
  • Notified by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) that grant funding was approved for approximately 50% of the restoration project cost ($612,515) (Fall 2021)
  • Entered into an agreement with Living Waters Consultants, Inc. to perform bidding, construction observation, and grant administration services (Winter 2022)
  • Park Board approved Intergovernmental Agreement between DuPage County, Village of Villa Park, and  District outlining each agencies responsibilities and funding and cost obligations (Winter 2022)
  • Completed project bid process, including pre-bid meeting (6 contractors attended) (Spring 2022)
  • Park Board awarded restoration project to Semper Fi Land, Inc. ($1,164,961) (Summer 2022)

Sugar Creek Golf Course concerns, including exposed mud flats and sheet pile heaving

News & Updates

 Board of Park Commissioners, Elmhurst, Eldridge Park
4 days 3 hours ago

Cloudy skies didn’t stop the neighborhood from coming out to play last Saturday during the ribbon cutting at Eldridge Park’s newly redeveloped east playground.

1 month 5 days ago

Come play with us as we celebrate the new playground at Eldridge Park!

Vine Tunnel Elmhurst Illinois
2 months 2 weeks ago

The Glos Memorial Park expansion project is finished and the park is reopened to the public.

3 months 2 days ago

Sugar Creek Golf Course draws its name from the creek which runs through the property.

3 months 1 week ago

The Park District's newest park in more than 30 years, Centennial Park, is now open! Centrally located in Elmhurst, at 155 E.

4 months 1 day ago

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

6 months 2 weeks ago

Several capital projects received the approval to more forward at the Monday, March 14 Park Board meeting, with projects at Eldridge Park, Courts Plus and the Wilder Park Formal Garden scheduled to be completed this y

1 year 2 months ago

At the July 26 Park Board meeting, the Board approved the purchase of playground equipment for Centennial Park.

1 year 3 months ago

Master Plans for the expansion of Glos Memorial Park and the development of Centennial Park were approved at the June 28 Park Board meeting.

1 year 3 months ago

We are working to enhance a park in your community and we need your help. Stop by Glos Memorial Park from 6-7:30 p.m.

1 year 4 months ago

Update - This survey is now closed.

1 year 4 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 4 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 5 months ago

Glos Memorial Park has provided open space and formal gardens in downtown Elmhurst, the community’s most densely populated area, since the 1970s.

1 year 5 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. Parking will be at the History Museum across the street from Glos Park.

1 year 5 months ago

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

1 year 7 months ago

The Park District’s 2021 Budget reflects a year of transition as part of a slow and gradual recovery including the reopening and expanding of facilities, programs and services as the COVID-19 vaccine becomes wider-spread, mandated capacity and social distancing restrictions are lifted, and more participants become comfortable to return to indoor programs and services.

1 year 8 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 in 2021.