One of the final components of the Butterfield Park restoration project has been completed with the resurfacing of the tennis courts. The new courts have been completed and are ready for play. Enjoy the weather and plan your next tennis match outdoors at Butterfield Park!
Butterfield Park Project
The Elmhurst Garden Club presented the Elmhurst Park District Board of Commissioners with a check for $4,500 at the Monday, November 14 Park Board meeting. The funds were raised at the Garden Club’s annual Garden Walk and Faire and are designated to be used for Park District camp program scholarships and the Playground for Everyone at Butterfield Park.
More than 250 people came to Butterfield Park on Saturday, November 5 for the grand reopening of the park and ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of The Playground for Everyone.
In January of 2015, the Elmhurst Park District received news that it had been awarded a $400,000 Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to be used for improvements within Butterfield Park. However, all grant funding was frozen by the State of Illinois prior to the District receiving any of the funding. Now, with the release of these funds, the District has received $200,000 and will receive an additional $200,000 in reimbursement in the coming months.
Construction at Butterfield Park continues at a good pace. Base material and underdrain pipe has been placed for the permeable paver walk. Electrical work has begun on the tennis court lights. The Playground for Everyone is coming along with the concrete stairs poured, as well as part of the concrete seating area. Shade structures in the seating area were assembled and installed. The crew is working on spreading the rest of the stone in preparation for the installation of the rubber safety surfacing.
Construction is progressing for the Butterfield Park Playground for Everyone. The concrete pads were poured that go under the rubber tile safety surfacing. Most of the wall has been built, and the crew has started to form the concrete seating area. Click here to learn more about the Butterfield Park Redevelopment Project.
Residents and visitors to Butterfield Park can look forward to smooth paths for biking and walking once Butterfield Park reopens this fall. Construction continues to progress at Butterfield Park with a brand new asphalt path on the east side. Storm sewer work continues on the east side as well and is almost complete. A 6” pvc pipe is being installed on the southeast side and is intended to alleviate some of the drainage issues in the southeast corner of the park.
Work continues at Butterfield Park. Demolition is underway with most of the paths removed. All of the fencing has been removed from ballfields 2,3 and 4 as well as the asphalt around the fields. The surfacing of the tennis courts has been removed, as well as the fencing. The excavation for the drainage and sewer improvements is scheduled to begin next week, but is weather dependent. The playground is moving along quickly with most of the 5-12 structure assembled and standing.
Construction of the Playground for Everyone at Butterfield Park is moving right along with most of the demolition done. Workers have started laying out and forming the perimeter curb with plans to pour concrete next week. The equipment has arrived and is being stored on site. Workers have started laying out the equipment and digging holes for the footings. Equipment layout will continue next week, and the underdrain for the surfacing will be placed as well.
Construction has started at the Butterfield Park playground with the remaining equipment and footings being removed. Demolition will continue for the rest of the week. The new equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the site next week. Learn more about the Butterfield Park redevelopment and The Playground for Everyone here.
Fischer School Student Council and Girl Scout members presented a check for $383.26 to the People for Elmhurst Parks Foundation during the Wednesday, April 27 Park Board Meeting.
After months of fundraising with the help of the People for Elmhurst Parks Foundation, significant contributions from numerous community groups, crowdfunding, and individual donations, The Playground for Everyone will be a reality at Butterfield Park this year.
Visitors to Wagner Community Center this past Saturday were able to satisfy a sweet tooth and help a good cause. A Fischer School Student Council and Girl Scout bake sale took place in the lobby, with proceeds going to the Playground for Everyone at Butterfield Park, a universally accessible playground being built by the Elmhurst Park District in fall 2016. Park District officials stopped by and thanked the group for their donation and hard work.
On February 20, 2016 the People for Elmhurst Parks Foundation held a “Be a Kid Again” FUNdraiser to raise money for the soon-to-be-built Playground for Everyone at Butterfield Park, scheduled to be constructed this summer. The event was held on the indoor tennis courts at Courts Plus which were transformed for the evening to an indoor park and playground for grown-ups.
When the Playground for Everyone at Butterfield Park opens in mid-2016, the playground won’t be the only eye-catching element on display. Thanks to Elmhurst College art students and their Instructor, Dustan Creech, the park will be the proud home of sculptural bike racks designed and built by students in the ART 235 Sculpture Studio course offered on campus. Creech has had the idea of incorporating public art projects into his course since 2009. Students would “design, propose and ultimately build” bike racks as part of his ART 235 Sculpture Studio Course.