News

Tuesday, July 23, 2024 - 9:05pm

In a significant step toward addressing community needs, the Elmhurst Board of Park Commissioners reviewed the findings of a comprehensive voter survey at their meeting last night.

Friday, July 19, 2024 - 12:28pm

The Fall Brochure is now available. Check it out for upcoming fall programs, community events and more. Resident registration opens Saturday, August 3 at 8 am.

Monday, July 15, 2024 - 1:34pm

Demand for recreational programming remains high in Elmhurst, and the Elmhurst Park District continues to look for ways to expand indoor programming space and reduce waitlists.

Sunday, July 21, 2024 - 6:15pm

A game night in Wilder Park for adults - coming up Saturday, July 20, 6-9 pm in Wilder Park! Grab a drink and bring out your competitive spirit with lawn games and bags. Free to attend, drinks and food available to purchase. Ages 21 and older only, State or Federal Issued Photo ID required for all attendees.

Friday, July 12, 2024 - 2:25pm

The Elmhurst Park District Board and staff would like to thank everyone who has participated in ongoing engagement activities as part of Elevate Elmhurst Parks planning. Extensive feedback was collected to guide the District’s strategic planning efforts to shape the future of the District and create the Elevate Elmhurst Parks Plan.

Monday, July 22, 2024 - 1:44pm

All dancers interested in joining Impact Dance Company for the 2024-2025 season are invited to audition on Saturday, July 20. During auditions, dancers will perform specific skills and dance combinations to give our choreographers a sense of each dancer's ability.

Monday, July 22, 2024 - 1:45pm

The Elmhurst Park District is committed to providing equal access and removing barriers for people with disabilities, ensuring that all community members can enjoy its parks and services.

Monday, July 15, 2024 - 1:33pm

Ten Swim Punch Passes are now available to purchase. With punch passes, you can use them yourself or bring your friends, neighbors and guests to the pools.

Punch passes can be purchased online, at Wagner Community Center, East End and Norman P. Smalley Pool. Unused Pass Cards will expire September 2, 2024.

Friday, July 5, 2024 - 7:27am

Wagner Community Center, Courts Plus, Kies Recreation Center and the Administrative Building will be closed Thursday, July 4.

East End and Smalley Pool hours are Noon-6 pm and The Hub's hours are Noon-4 pm. Wilder Park Conservatory has normal hours, 8 am-6 pm.

Thursday, July 18, 2024 - 10:00am

Stop by The Hub's playground at Berens Park on Tuesday, July 16, 5-7 pm to tell us changes you would like to see at the playground! Plus - bring the kids and enjoy a mini Party in the Park, with classic backyard games like hula hoops and bubbles.

Friday, June 28, 2024 - 7:25am

The Spray Ground at The Hub is CLOSED on Thursday, June 27 due to mechanical issues. The batting cages and concessions remain open until 7 pm.

Monday, July 15, 2024 - 1:33pm

Safety Town is free to visit dawn to dusk outside of camp hours, which are Monday-Thursday June 3-August 1 from 8am-4pm.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 2:05pm

Rent a cabana at Smalley Pool this summer to escape the sun and lounge in comfort. Enjoy a bit of privacy while relaxing in the shade. Cabana includes:

Friday, June 28, 2024 - 12:02pm

Underscoring Elmhurst Park District’s consistent financial stewardship, the Park District was pleased to earn the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2024 B

Friday, June 28, 2024 - 12:02pm

An Elmhurst landmark will now bear the name of one of its biggest advocates and stewards.

Friday, June 28, 2024 - 12:03pm

Learn swimming at your own pace! Elmhurst Park District offers private lessons for participants ages 3 to adult. All swim instructors undergo regular training and are certified Starfish Swim instructors.

Monday, June 10, 2024 - 9:32am

Grab a picnic blanket and join Elmhurst Park District at Wilder Park for a showing of The Lorax under the stars. Movie begins at dusk. Free admission.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 - 12:34pm

May 25 East End Pool update: Due to the dedicated efforts of our staff, the kiddie pool will be OPEN today with the rest of the pool facility. Hours are Noon-8pm (Pool Pass holders can enter an hour early at 11am).

Sunday, June 23, 2024 - 8:07pm

Join the Park District for a nature adventure at Eldridge Adventure Day on Sunday, June 23, 9am-Noon! Get ready for summer with plenty of activities that will get the family excited about the great outdoors, including a fishing derby, bug hunts and petting zoo.

Friday, May 17, 2024 - 11:02am

Wagner Community Center's summer hours begin June 1, 2024 and run through September 2. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 - 12:34pm

Wagner Community Center, Kies Recreation Center and the Administrative Office are closed during the holiday weekend, May 25-27. If purchasing pool passes in-person during the weekend, please purchase at East End Pool.

On Memorial Day, Courts Plus is open 7 am-1 pm, East End Pool Open Swim is open Noon-8 pm and The Hub is open 10 am-7 pm. Wilder Park Conservatory's hours are 8 am-6 pm.

Friday, June 28, 2024 - 12:03pm

Make your summer count with a 99-day Summer Membership at Courts Plus! From swimming to group-ex and the fitness floor - build a fitness plan that works for you! 

Monday, May 13, 2024 - 8:15am

Taking care of athletic fields is a crucial part of meeting the needs and expectations of the community, sports groups and Park District partners. With this in mind, the Park Board was pleased to approve several upgrades to Butterfield Park Field #1 at its Monday, April 22 Park Board Meeting.

Friday, June 28, 2024 - 12:03pm

The Elmhurst Park District is launching a voter survey aimed at assessing the interest in a potential referendum for a new Wagner Community Center and new outdoor amenities, including a bandshell in Wilder Park, year-round heated restroom buildings at four locations, and converting a grass field to artificial turf at Berens Park. The Park Board unanimously approved moving forward with the survey at their meeting on Monday, April 22, which will be administered to a random sample of registered voters by aQity Research. This initiative stems from the feedback received during the development of the Elevate Elmhurst Parks strategic and comprehensive planning process in 2023.

Thursday, May 2, 2024 - 6:43pm

Come see proposed projects that will take your Park District experience to new heights! Stop by an upcoming Open House.

Friday, June 28, 2024 - 12:02pm

Introducing the Elmhurst Park District App! Use the app to check-in at the pools, access punch passes for The Hub Spray Ground and Gymnastics Open Gym, view your upcoming schedules and more!

Don't miss out – find us on your app store under "Elmhurst Park District".

Monday, May 6, 2024 - 9:35am

The 2024 Summer Brochure is now available online. Resident registration for all programs opens Saturday, May 4 at 8 am. Non-resident registration is Tuesday, May 7. Summer Camp and Aquatics are already open for registration and can be viewed in the Spring Brochure.

Monday, April 29, 2024 - 8:10am

In March, the Park Board approved restoration of the metal roof covering the tennis courts at Courts Plus Fitness Center. The metal roof is 33 years old and exhibiting signs of oxidation. Restoration work will maintain the roof’s structural integrity and extend its lifespan.

Following restoration, the Park District will use a financing mechanism known as a power purchase agreement (PPA), which calls for the installation of an array of solar panels on all of Courts Plus’ roof surfaces.

Monday, April 22, 2024 - 1:31pm

April 22, 2024 Update: This event has been cancelled. Adults ages 21 and up are invited to join in a friendly competition at a recreational bags tournament fundraiser to benefit the Elmhurst Parks Foundation! Don’t want to compete? Bring your friends to play games like giant Jenga, Uno, and Connect Four while enjoying complimentary food and a cash bar. Proceeds help fund program scholarships and special projects. Deadline to register is Friday, April 19.

Friday, May 10, 2024 - 1:49pm

A single blood donation can save up to 3 lives. Please donate and support the lives of the community during the Courts Plus Blood Drive on Thursday, May 9, 2:30-6:30 pm.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - 7:14pm
The summer season is on the horizon! Make your plans and secure your pool pass today! Take advantage of pre-season rates, available now through May 24.
Sunday, June 2, 2024 - 8:59pm

Seniors are invited to visit Courts Plus and focus on their health! Seniors age 62+ can work out for free on Wednesday, May 29 and can take advantage of a $10 Joining Fee.

Thursday, April 11, 2024 - 10:03am

Join Elmhurst Public Library for a party in Wilder Park to watch the solar eclipse from 1-2:30 pm on April 8. Observe the sky as the sun is slowly blocked from view, learn about what eclipses are and why they happen, and take advantage of fun activities, games, and snacks. Eclipse glasses will be available while supplies last. Presented with the Elmhurst Park District.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 - 1:49pm

The upcoming eclipse will only last for a moment! Take advantage of the Courts Plus Fitness Center eclipse deal and enjoy health benefits all year long! Now through April 8, get 50% off your joining fee when signing up for a new Courts Plus membership.

Monday, April 15, 2024 - 12:02pm

Elmhurst, IL – After a 36-year run, Senior Site Supervisor Zen Przybylek has officially hung up his hat and started a new chapter of his life as grandpa.

Sunday, April 14, 2024 - 9:19pm

Meet with community organizations that focus on health and wellness, speak with a personal trainer, receive free samples and free giveaways and be entered into raffles during the Courts Plus Health and Wellness Fair. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - 11:35am

Golf Instruction Class Registration opens Monday, April 1 at 8 am.

Monday, April 22, 2024 - 1:32pm

April 22 Update: This event has been cancelled

Friday, March 29, 2024 - 8:51am

Ages 11-16, grab your flashlights! Join your friends in the frenzy as you search for prize eggs filled with candy, gift certificates and other great prizes. No registration required, free to attend.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - 2:53pm

Join Elmhurst Park District this spring in the ultimate Elmhurst parks showdown to find out which of our parks will be crowned champion! We all have our favorites, but there can only be one winner.

Starting next week, we’ll feature two parks each weekday on our Facebook page. They’ll square off against one another, with you deciding which park moves to the next round.

Monday, March 18, 2024 - 11:28am

Kies Recreation Center is ready to play! New gym flooring was installed this winter, increasing the programming options the center can offer for adults, senior citizens, and participants of all ages. Park District staff took advantage of the updated gym space quickly and on March 4, the facility offered its first pickleball class.

Saturday, March 23, 2024 - 9:00am

Elmhurst Park District is ready to break ground at Pick Park! Park District officials will lead a ceremonial groundbreaking on Saturday, March 23 at 10 am.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - 4:06pm

Looking to improve your volleyball skills off-season? Interested in trying out the sport with fun drills and games? Check out VolleyKidz classes at Elmhurst Park District. This spring, indoor and outdoor options are available.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 - 8:20am

Beginning Saturday, March 2, the walking path at Conrad Fischer Park will be temporarily re-routed as a gravel path during pre-construction work at Churchville Middle School. Work is estimated to be completed the week of March 11, 2024.

Monday, March 18, 2024 - 11:29am

Construction on Canine Corner, Elmhurst’s first dog park, is approaching quickly! Work is expected to begin this spring. Anticipation for the park is high, with Elmhurst residents regularly voicing their interest in a dog park.

Elmhurst Park District now has more good news to report, as it was announced that State Representative Jenn Ladisch-Douglass successfully secured a $250,000 grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to support the development of Canine Corner.

Monday, March 18, 2024 - 11:28am

Elmhurst Park District is always looking for ways to advance its mission of enriching the lives while having fun. Last year, the District engaged the community in Elevate Elmhurst Parks, a comprehensive and strategic planning initiative seeking to update the District’s previous plan and guide decision-making for the next 5 years. The final Elevate Elmhurst Parks plan was approved at the February 26 Park Board meeting.

Thursday, March 7, 2024 - 8:07pm

Looking for active, outdoor volunteer opportunities for your friends, family or organization? Check out Adopt-A-Park!

Ten parks are currently available for 2024: East End, Golden Meadows, Jaycee Tot Lot, Maple Trail Woods, Marjorie Davis, Pick, Pioneer, Van Voorst, Wild Meadows Trace, and York Commons. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - 11:35am

Come and play with us at our Pop-Up Preschool Open Gym on Tuesday, April 16, 1-2:30 pm.

For ages up to 6 with an adult. Our gymnastics facility is open for our youngest gymnasts to explore and have fun. Staff will be on hand to ensure safety and proper usage of the facility and equipment. .

Monday, March 18, 2024 - 11:28am

Join us Saturday, March 16!

Why should kids have all the fun? This event gives new meaning to BYOB (bring your own basket)!

Thursday, March 28, 2024 - 7:43pm
Hop on over to the baseball fields at Berens Park this year for our annual egg hunt! Join in a mad dash to collect prize-filled eggs and visit with the Easter Bunny. Adults must accompany children and don’t forget to bring your basket!
Thursday, March 7, 2024 - 8:08pm

Attention all Wilder Park Conservatory visitors! We've noticed some rather "creative" uses of our beautiful plant beds lately, from impromptu picnics to mud pie making sessions to full on photography sessions. While we love seeing families and friends enjoying our space, we'd like to gently remind everyone that our plants prefer peaceful neighbors, not picnic pals.

Monday, February 26, 2024 - 9:27am

Resident registration for spring programs opens this Saturday, February 24 at 8 am. This includes registration for the March 30 Egg Hunt!

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - 5:34pm

Stop by, complete an application, taco 'bout our job opportunities and do a basic interview on the spot for our summer and part-time job openings. 

Thursday, March 7, 2024 - 8:08pm

It may only be mid-February, but it’s already been a year of memorable recognitions for Elmhurst Park District facilities and staff. 

Thursday, March 7, 2024 - 8:09pm

The redevelopment of Pioneer Park is moving along, with the Park Board approving construction of the park’s playground and safety surfacing at their February 12, 2024 board meeting.

Thursday, February 15, 2024 - 12:40pm

Courts Plus has a passion for fitness and wellness and they want to share with you! Join Courts Plus now through Wednesday, February 14 at 7 pm with a joining fee of just $14.

Monday, February 12, 2024 - 2:19pm

Registration for 2024 Summer Camp, Jr. Golf Camp and Aquatics programs featured in the Spring Brochure and Summer Camps Guide opens this Saturday, February 10 at 8 am.

Be ready to go on registration day and remember to verify your account in our new registration software, ActiveNet. Elmhurst Park District launched ActiveNet on December 1, 2023. It is used for program registration, pass memberships and facility reservations. If you did not already verify your account on ActiveNet, you will need to verify it to register for programs.

Friday, February 16, 2024 - 12:52pm

Last month, Sugar Creek Golf Course was pleased to accept a Public Works Project of the Year Award from the American Public Works Association (APWA) Chicago Metro Chapter (Suburban Branch) in the Environmental category less than $5 million.

Thursday, June 27, 2024 - 1:47pm

Enjoy a crafty day at Smalley Pool with Wacky Wednesday Holiday Crafts, 1-4 pm! Explore your creativity while you create crafts from all different holidays.

Thursday, March 7, 2024 - 8:09pm

The Sunbeams & Rainbows Preschool program is play-based, developmentally appropriate, and respectful of social, cultural, and linguistic diversity.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 - 1:51pm

The 2024 Spring Brochure and Summer Camps Guide is now available. Mark your calendars with our registration dates (all times are 8 am):

Thursday, February 1, 2024 - 8:13am

The summer season is on the horizon! Make your plans and secure your pool pass beginning Thursday, February 1. Take advantage of pre-season rates, available February 1-May 24, 2024.

This year, pool pass perks have expanded! Pool pass holders will receive four free guest passes per household to use at the pools (valid for entry May 25-September 2, 2024) and also receive a 10% discount on group swim lessons, deep water aerobics, private pool rentals and Smalley Pool cabana rentals through September 2, 2024. Pass holders can also enter one hour early every day before the general public.

Friday, March 29, 2024 - 8:51am

Dive into the world of flips, rolls and laughter at our gymnastics facility. Parents/Guardians must remain with children through all open gym time, this is not a drop-off activity.

Monday, January 22, 2024 - 8:34am

Get creative and show us your snowman building skills. Join our snowman contest!

Wednesday, January 17, 2024 - 9:43am

Update for January 16, 2024
Courts Plus will open as scheduled on Tuesday, January 16. Kids Plus and all other programming at Courts Plus will be available. Programs at Wagner Community Center, Kies Recreation Center, and D205 facilities are cancelled. All Sunbeams & Rainbows classes are cancelled for Tuesday, January 16, which includes the Courts Plus location.

Program participants will be contacted, and any additional updates will be posted to social media and epd.org. Stay warm!

Wilder Park Conservatory is also closed this week through Saturday, January 20 due to heating issues and the removal of the Holiday Flower Show.

Friday, January 19, 2024 - 1:20pm

With classes for ages 2-4, Sunbeams & Rainbows Preschool provides a safe and nurturing learning environment that embraces all children and their diverse learning styles, needs and interests. 

Monday, February 12, 2024 - 2:46pm

FREE! Get your game on and play with the whole family this winter at Family Open Gym. Select Sundays this winter. Ages 3-14 with adult. This is not a drop-off program, a guardian must remain with children at all times. 

Friday, May 24, 2024 - 2:10pm

Free to all Pool Pass Holders and Courts Plus Members!

Thursday, January 11, 2024 - 7:55pm

Do more in 2024 and take advantage of our best deal of the year! January 2 through January 15 become a member at Courts Plus with no joining fee!

Monday, January 8, 2024 - 9:10am

Stop by our Job Fair on Saturday, January, 1-3 pm to learn about open positions, including summer positions for lifeguards and camp counselors.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024 - 3:17pm

By next summer, families in the Pick Park neighborhood will have a new place to play! The Elmhurst Park District Board of Park Commissioners approved the construction bid for Pick Park’s development at its December 11 Board meeting.

Friday, December 29, 2023 - 8:44am

With construction anticipated to begin next June, staff is getting ready for the redevelopment of Pioneer Park. The final concept for the park was approved last month and now the Park Board has approved the purchase of equipment for the park.

Tuesday, January 2, 2024 - 1:45pm

Elmhurst Park District facilities will observe special hours December 18, 2023- January 1, 2024.

Tuesday, December 19, 2023 - 1:18pm

After a successful resident registration day on Saturday, December 7, Winter programs will soon be underway. The registration event was the first to take place in the Park District’s new software, ActiveNet.

Wednesday, January 3, 2024 - 8:50pm

Calling all gymnasts! The Elmhurst Gymnastics Center is open for gymnasts to explore and have fun during Winter Break. Parents/guardians must remain with children through all open gym times, this is not a drop-off activity.

Monday, January 15, 2024 - 3:20pm

This event has been canceled due to forecasted temperatures.

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 - 2:27pm

Park District users must verify their account in ActiveNet

Verify your Account

Monday, January 1, 2024 - 3:03pm
30 days for $45! Students age 18-22 - halt the holiday fitness slump with a 30-Day Holiday Membership at Courts Plus.
Friday, December 8, 2023 - 1:11pm
The 2023 State of the Park District Address is now available to view online. The address was presented on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 by Park Board President, Kevin Graf and Executive Director, Jim Rogers at Kies Recreation Center. It highlighted District projects and future plans, including progress on the Vision 2020 comprehensive plan and an update on the Elevate Elmhurst Parks project.
Monday, December 11, 2023 - 9:31am

New registration software is here! Beginning this Friday, December 1, the majority of the Park District’s registration processes will be switching to ActiveNet. This includes program registration, pass memberships and facility reservations. If you are a Park District user, make sure you have verified your account.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 11:24am

Dogs will have their day in Elmhurst soon! The Elmhurst Park District Board of Park Commissioners approved the name of the future dog park to be “Canine Corner” during their Monday, November 27 meeting, marking an important step for the project. Construction of the dog park is slated to begin in the spring.

Monday, December 18, 2023 - 12:16pm

The Winter Brochure is now available online. Print editions can also be found at our facilities.

Thursday, November 30, 2023 - 2:06pm

Ask questions and learn about District projects, accomplishments and future plans at the upcoming State of the Park District Address at 6 pm on Wednesday, November 29 at Kies Recreation Center.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 - 9:11am

Get ready to sharpen your culinary skills! The Kies Recreation Center (155 E. St. Charles Road) is getting ready for several updates at the facility in 2024, including the renovation of its 1970s era kitchen. Demo work at the facility will begin the week of December 4.

Friday, December 8, 2023 - 9:46am

Visitors might spot some new additions to their neighborhood park this week. Landscape crews recently planted 74 trees across 14 parks in the District. A variety of species were used, including canopy trees, such as Red Oak and Northern Catalpa, and smaller, understory trees, such as Sweet Bay Magnolias.

Friday, December 8, 2023 - 9:47am

A new playground and other park updates are coming to Pioneer Park! The Park Board approved the final Pioneer Park Redevelopment Concept at its Monday, November 13, 2023 Park Board Meeting.

Monday, November 27, 2023 - 11:32am

Thank-you to everyone who has provided feedback during the Elevate Elmhurst Parks Project! The District is finalizing its future goals and initiatives and has one final opportunity for you to let us know what you think.

Thursday, January 11, 2024 - 7:56pm

Have your holiday lights lost their twinkle? Instead of sending them to the landfill, drop your dead lights off in one of our containers through January 12, 2024.

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 - 2:27pm
Park District users must verify their account in ActiveNet Elmhurst Park District is getting ready to launch its new registration software, ActiveNet. It will be used for program registration, pass memberships and facility reservations starting December 1. The first registration date that will take place in the new software is December 9 at 8 am for programs featured in the Winter Brochure.
Wednesday, May 1, 2024 - 2:10pm

Help us map the Elmhurst Park District’s future by participating in the final Elevate Elmhurst Parks feedback opportunities to update the District’s comprehensive and strategic plan.

Using the feedback collected from the Elevate Elmhurst Parks website interactive map and idea wall, in person engagement opportunities, and community needs assessment survey, the District identified future parks, facility and programming needs and now asks for your essential input to prioritize them.  

Friday, December 8, 2023 - 1:11pm

Stop in at one of our facilities this November and get help verifying your ActiveNet Account before Winter Program Registration opens December 9!

Friday, November 17, 2023 - 8:28am

The Elmhurst Garden Club presented a donation check of $5000 to Elmhurst Park District at the Monday, October 23 Park Board Meeting. The money was raised at the club's annual Garden Walk & Faire, which took place in July.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 - 10:52am

Please be on the lookout the next time you drive to Ben Allison Park on West Avenue. Drivers will notice new 'No Parking' signs on the east side of the street.

Monday, November 27, 2023 - 12:05pm

Stop in at Wagner Community Center today and get help verifying your ActiveNet Account before Winter Program Registration opens December 9!

Friday, October 13, 2023 - 12:33pm

TruGreen is scheduled to begin the annual fall broadleaf weed control applications on Thursday, October 5 at Berens Park with the remaining parks beginning on Tuesday, October 10.

Monday, October 16, 2023 - 8:17am
Take our short survey and tell us how staff are doing!
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 - 2:59pm

Get your costumes ready and bring the family to The Depot at Wild Meadows Trace for Safety Town trick-or-treating plus fall festivities! Free admission.

Monday, October 23, 2023 - 2:56pm

Ben Allison Park playground made its official debut on Saturday, September 16.

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 - 2:26pm
Elmhurst Park District is getting Active this year with the launch of its new registration software, ActiveNet. Account verification and set-up will open to Park District users on November 1. The ActiveNet site will be used for program registration, pass memberships and facility reservations.
Tuesday, September 19, 2023 - 1:57pm

Berens Park tennis court number 9 is having issues with the light. Park District staff is aware and is working on fixing it. We apologize for any inconvenience.