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 2021-22 to create a new community-driven vision of parks and recreation for 2022 and beyond.

Read More About Vision 2020

 

Parks - Vision 2020

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

Facilities

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.

After this current situation stabilizes and the long-term financial impacts are known, the Park Board and staff will consider new financial strategies to address 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.

  • However, due to dedicated outside funding, the District is able to begin smaller projects in 2021 to increase green space and neighborhood parks and renovate a new facility for the new Adult Center. Planned capital projects include redevelopment work at Centennial Park, the District’s newest park. Dedicated last summer, the park is located at 155 E. St Charles Road. The District also plans to renovate the building on the site into an 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. Both these projects will begin in 2021 and 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. This year, the goal is to demolish the building and parking lot, which are in poor condition, and return it to open space for the densely populated neighborhood. Other site improvements would be completed this year as well, based on public feedback.
  • The two-year Centennial Park and Adult Center projects will be funded primarily from the $1,600,000 sale of The Abbey Senior Center to Elmhurst School District #205 while previously received developer donations, along with additional donations to be received in 2021, will fund the 135 Palmer Drive demolition and site improvements (at Glos Park).
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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.

However, due to dedicated outside funding, the District is able to begin projects in 2021 to increase green space and neighborhood parks and renovate a new facility for the new Adult Center. Planned capital projects include redevelopment work at Centennial Park, the District’s newest park. Dedicated last summer, the park is located at 155 E. St Charles Road. The District also plans to renovate the building on the site into an 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. Both these projects will begin in 2021 and 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. This year, the goal is to demolish the building and parking lot, which are in poor condition, and return it to open space for the densely populated neighborhood. Other site improvements would be completed this year as well, based on public feedback.

The two-year Centennial Park and Adult Center projects will be funded primarily from the $1,600,000 sale of The Abbey Senior Center to Elmhurst School District #205 while previously received developer donations, along with additional donations to be received in 2021, will fund the 135 Palmer Drive demolition and site improvements (at Glos Park).

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Thank you for your support! Continue to provide feedback here. Complete surveys and attend our public meetings and open houses later in 2021 to provide input on future priorities. 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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The public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Park District operations and its ability to provide programs, facilities, and services to the community. These short-term effects will likely have long-term implications for the District and the Elmhurst community. Therefore, the Park Board is refocusing its current strategy to address the Vision 2020 large-scale project priorities identified by the community as high priorities. On March 30, 2020, it decided to stop planning for a potential referendum in November 2020 and is no longer pursuing the contingent based purchase of the 837 S. Riverside Drive property for the Indoor Sports Facility.

After this current situation stabilizes later this year and the long-term financial impacts are known, the Park Board and staff will consider new strategies to address 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 and continue the District’s mission of enriching lives while having fun.

However, due to dedicated outside funding, the District is able to begin projects in 2021 to increase green space and neighborhood parks and renovate a new facility for the new Adult Center. Planned capital projects include redevelopment work at Centennial Park, the District’s newest park. Dedicated last summer, the park is located at 155 E. St Charles Road. The District also plans to renovate the building on the site into an 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.

At 12,800 square feet, the building is roughly double the size of The Abbey, allowing for an expansion of adult programming, senior programming and offerings from community partners, such as the College of DuPage. Potential upgrades to the building include remodeling the restrooms for ADA compliance, improving signage, interior painting, completing exterior improvements to the roof and improving the site’s pavement and sidewalks. Renovation would begin this year and wrap-up in 2022.

Development of Centennial Park is also included in the District’s proposed budget. Developing the site would expand park offerings and the level of services provided to the neighborhood, improving equity across the community regarding access to park amenities. The project involves hiring the planning firm, Upland Design, to create a park master plan based on public feedback, along with the engineering, design and construction of site amenities. Amenities may include a playground if desired in the community feedback.

Another park to see upgrades in 2021 is Glos Memorial Park, which is located in the downtown area. In 2016, the District acquired 135 Palmer Drive, a building adjacent to Glos Memorial Park. This year, the goal is to demolish the building and parking lot, which are in poor condition, and return it to open space for the densely populated neighborhood. Other site improvements would be completed this year as well, based on public feedback.

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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 fourth 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. The Board and staff refocused Vision 2020 strategy in 2020 due to the operational and financial impacts of the pandemic, including how to address the Vision 2020 large-scale projects identified by the community as high priorities. On March 30, 2020, the Board decided to end planning for a potential referendum in November 2020 and making non-refundable payments on the contingent based purchase of the 837 S. Riverside Drive property for the new Indoor Sports Facility. As the Board and staff began to assess the shorter-term effects of the pandemic and the likely long-term implications as it continued in the summer and early fall 2020, the Vision 2020 Strategic Work Plan (SWP) was updated to determine the next steps to successfully implement the District’s long-term strategy under financial and staffing constraints.

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 proposed one-year 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 focus on the next steps for strategically positioning 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; and maintain a strong organizational culture as staff continue to face challenges while working during a pandemic.

In 2021 after the pandemic stabilizes and the long-term financial and operational impacts can be determined, the Park Board and staff will develop new strategies to address large-scale project priorities, which are based on community feedback and fiscally responsible and sustainable. These strategies will create a new community-driven vision of parks and recreation for 2022 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

3 weeks 4 days ago

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

1 month 3 weeks ago

Update - This survey is now closed. 

Elmhurst Park District is looking for community input on the development of its newest park, Centennial Park, located at 155 E. St. Charles Road. Please view the potential concepts below and take our short survey to provide us feedback.

2 months 6 days 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.

2 months 3 weeks 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.

2 months 4 weeks ago

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

2 months 4 weeks 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.

3 months 2 weeks ago

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

4 months 3 weeks ago

It’s time to dust off those fancy clothes hiding in the back of your closet and gather around your dinner table to enjoy a delicious meal and fun a

5 months 3 weeks 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

6 months 1 week ago

Frosty is in Elmhurst! He's visiting our parks all winter, through February 26. Can you spot him? Play Find Frosty with us this winter and be entered into a raffle to win! We’ve teamed up with Kelly Stetler of Compass Realty to offer a $250 gift card to City Centre to the winner of Find Frosty!