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: Utilize outdoor spaces in innovative ways to provide core offerings. (Targeted Completion Date-Fall 2021)

Progress Update

  • Offering Courts Plus group exercise programs outdoors as well as virtually and indoors (Spring 2021)
  • Offering a circle time Early Childhood program in the parks (Summer 2021)

Tactic 2: Create master plan for an expanded Glos Park at 142 E Park Avenue, demolish building at 135 Palmer Drive, and complete site improvements (Targeted Completion Date-Spring 2022)

Project 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 ($461,353) and a developer donation to be received in 2021 ($214,500).
  • 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

  • Park Board approved hiring of Upland Design for landscape architect/engineering services to develop the Glos Park expansion Master Plan (Winter 2021)
  • Park Board approved hiring Midwest Environmental Consulting Services to abate all hazardous materials and oversee the removal of an underground storage tank at the 135 Palmer Drive building (Spring 2021)
  • Held a community open house (5/3/2021) to gather feedback on three concepts and potential amenities for the new park open space (46 participants) (Spring 2021)
  • Conducted community survey in early May 2021 to gather additional input on the three concept plans and potential new amenities (Spring 2021)
  • Presented draft master plan concept to the community at a second open house on June 17, 2021 (Spring 2021)
  • Park Board reviewed and approved draft master plan on June 28, 2021 (Summer 2021)

Glos Memorial Park approved Master Plan (click to enlarge)

Tactic 3: Create master plan and complete construction of a neighborhood park at Centennial Park (Targeted Completion Date-Spring 2022)

Project 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 2021, the District will fund the project utilizing $620,000 of The Abbey sale proceeds ($180,000 in 2022) and $100,000 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 hiring of Upland Design for landscape architect/engineering services to develop Centennial Park Master Plan (Winter 2021)
  • Held community open house (4/22/2021) to gather feedback on potential amenities to shape park plan concepts (over 50 participants) (Spring 2021)
  • Based on feedback, Upland Design developed park concept plans and gathered additional feedback at second community open house on May 27, 2021 and via an online community survey with 683 responses (Spring 2021)
  • Based on the second community open house and survey feedback, Upland Design developed a draft master plan (Spring 2021)
  • Park Board reviewed and approved the draft master plan on June 28, 2021 (Summer 2021)

Centennial Park Master Plan (click to enlarge)

 

News & Updates

3 weeks 4 days 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 month 1 week 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 month 4 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 densely populated area, since the 1970s.

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

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

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.

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 in 2021.