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 (Completed 2022)

Project Background

  • Background, Need, and Benefits: Serving the Elmhurst downtown area, Glos Park provides park open space and formal gardens in this densely populated area. By demolishing the building on the adjacent property at 135 Palmer Drive (acquired in 2016), the District increased park open space and amenities for the neighborhood. The Palmer Drive building was in poor condition as illustrated in an independent facility assessment by Dewberry Architects.
  • Cost and Funding: 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. Project costs were funded with developer donations accrued in previous fiscal years ($675,853).

Progress Update

  • Park Board approved hiring of Upland Design for landscape architect/engineering services to develop park expansion master plan (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)
  • Held open house (5/3/2021) to gather community feedback on three (3) expansion concepts and potential new park amenities (46 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)
  • Gathered feedback on proposed master plan at a second open house (6/17/21) (26 participants) (Spring 2021)
  • Park Board reviewed and approved master plan on June 28, 2021 (Summer 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 properly 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)
  • Fowler Enterprises, LLC demolished building, removed adjacent parking lot, and backfilled and graded site (Summer and Fall 2021)
  • Completed project bid process and Park Board awarded expansion project construction services to Hacienda Landscaping, Inc. (Winter 2021)
  • Hacienda Landscaping, Inc. completed site excavation to start construction (Spring 2022)
  • Hacienda Landscaping, Inc. installed site furnishings and amenities and completed landscaping and final restoration (Spring and Summer 2022)
  • Held Grand Opening on July 16, 2022 (Summer 2022)

Glos Memorial Park approved Master Plan

Glos Park master plan

 

Glos Memorial Park opening and ribbon cutting

Glos Park ribbon cutting

 

Glos Park completed summer 2022

 

Tactic 2: Complete construction of a neighborhood park at Centennial Park (Completed 2022)

Project Background

  • Background: Along with renovating the new Adult Center building at Centennial Park (155 E. St. Charles Road), the District redeveloped the adjacent park open space in 2021-2022.
  • 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.
  • Benefits: By improving the site, the District expanded park offerings and the level of services provided to the neighborhood and users of the Adult Center and improved equity across the community regarding access to park amenities. The new park also enhances the quality of life of the neighborhood due to its environmental and social benefits.
  • Cost and Funding: The total budget for this project was $900,000. Project costs included 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. The District funded 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.

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)
  • Park 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)
  • Upland Design completed project engineering and design (Summer 2021)
  • Completed project bid process and Park Board awarded 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 (Spring 2022)
  • Held Grand Opening event on June 18, 2022 (Summer 2022)

Centennial Park Master Plan

Centennial Park Master Plan

 

Centennial Park opening and ribbon cutting

Centennial Park ribbon cutting

 

Centennial Park ribbon cutting

 

Tactic 3: Redevelop Eldridge Park east play area and pathways (Completed 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 reached the end of their useful life.
  • Need and Benefits: The District upgraded outdated equipment (incorporating continued compliance to current safety standards) and addressed deficiencies identified in the District’s Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act Plan and the Vision 2020 park assessment (playground received a score 78 out of 100).
  • Cost and Funding: The Park Board approved $475,000 in the 2022 Budget to replace playground equipment, refurbish asphalt pathways, and resurface the parking lot. The project was funded with Special Recreation Association Fund tax revenue ($200,000 to address accessibility improvements) and General Fund ($275,000) reserves.

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 and 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 (2020 and 2021) and approved project funding in 2022 Budget (Fall 2022)
  • Completed project bid process (Winter 2022) and 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)
  • Completed construction including removing footing, excavation, and installation of playground equipment (Summer 2022)
  • Held ribbon cutting on August 24, 2022 (Summer 2022)

Eldridge Park east playground approved concept

Eldridge Park Approved Concept

 

Eldridge Park east playground ribbon cutting

Eldridge Park Ribbon Cutting

 

Eldridge Park Ribbon Cutting

 

Tactic 4: Restore Sugar Creek Golf Course creek (Targeted Completion Date-Summer 2023)

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 and Funding: The initial total project cost is estimated at approximately $1.225 million which will be funded at just over 50% from grants and the other 50% to be divided three ways between Sugar Creek Golf Course, the Village of Villa Park and the Elmhurst Park District.
  • Timeline based on a realistic construction schedule:
    • 2018-2022: Apply for grants
    • Fall 2022-Summer 2023: Construction timeline
    • Summer 2023: Targeted project completion date

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)
  • Started construction on October 3 (Fall 2022)
  • Ground breaking ceremony held at the Golf Course on November 5 (Fall 2022)

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

Sugar Creek Restoration Project sheet pile heaving

 

Sugar Creek Restoration Project mud flats

 

News

Posted Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - 12:51pm

Centennial Park named 2022 Outstanding Park and Facility by IPRA

Elmhurst Park District was thrilled to receive the 2022 Outstanding Park and Facility Award from the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association (IPRA) for Centennial Park. The award was presented at the IAPD/IPRA Annual Conference in Chicago on Friday, January 28.

Posted Monday, November 21, 2022 - 3:09pm

Ben Allison Park playground replacement coming in 2023

Improvements are coming to Ben Allison Park next year, including a new playground.

Posted Monday, October 24, 2022 - 9:51am

Golf course to host ground breaking November 5 for restoration project

Sugar Creek Golf Course invites the community to a ground breaking ceremony for the Sugar Creek restoration project on Saturday, November 5 at 10:30 am.

Posted Friday, October 21, 2022 - 3:09pm

Virtual State of the Park District Address

Ask questions and learn about District projects, accomplishments and future plans at the upcoming Virtual State of the Park District Address at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16.

Posted Monday, September 26, 2022 - 2:42pm

Ribbon cutting celebrates redeveloped east playground at Eldridge Park

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.

Posted Friday, August 26, 2022 - 11:57am

Eldridge Park East Playground Ribbon Cutting

Come play with us as we celebrate the new playground at Eldridge Park! The park's east playground, along Spring Road, was redeveloped this summer

Posted Monday, July 18, 2022 - 1:02pm

Glos Memorial Park's expansion is complete!

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

Posted Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 1:59pm

Park Board approves Sugar Creek Restoration Project

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

Posted Monday, June 20, 2022 - 2:09pm

Centennial Park now open!

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

Posted Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 9:27am

Eldridge Park redevelopment begins with removal of equipment by Kids Around the World

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

Posted Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 3:42pm

Upcoming capital projects to include Eldridge Park playground redevelopment, Courts Plus parking lot and more

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

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Posted Friday, July 30, 2021 - 1:23pm

Centennial Park development moves forward with purchase of playground equipment

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

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 1:28pm

Park Board approves Centennial Park and Glos Park Master Plans

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

Posted Monday, June 14, 2021 - 8:44am

Glos Memorial Park - Master Plan Review Open House

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.

Posted Friday, May 28, 2021 - 1:56pm

Please take our Centennial Park development survey

Update - This survey is now closed.

Posted Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 8:39am

Centennial Park Open House - Master Plan Review

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.

Posted Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 10:11am

Take our Glos Memorial Park expansion survey

Update - This survey is now closed. 

Posted Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 2:49pm

In anticipation of Glos Memorial Park expansion and redevelopment, Park Board authorizes environmental services for 135 Palmer Drive

Glos Memorial Park has provided open space and formal gardens in downtown Elmhurst, the community’s most densely populated area, since the 1

Posted Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 9:28am

Glos Memorial Park Open House

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.

Posted Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 2:09pm

Centennial Park Open House

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

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Posted Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 8:34am

Elmhurst Park District Proposed Budget: Planning for Transition in 2021

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.

Posted Friday, January 29, 2021 - 11:48am

Park Board discusses proposed 2021 Capital Projects, including demolition of 135 Palmer Drive building

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.