Butterfield Park Project

Elmhurst Garden Club Presents Check to Elmhurst Park District Park Board

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.

District Receives State Funding for Butterfield Park Redevelopment Project

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.

Butterfield Park Construction Progress

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.

Asphalt and Drainage Work Continues at Butterfield Park

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.

Playground for Everyone Construction Moving Along

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.

Demo Days Almost Complete on Butterfield Park Redevelopment Project

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.

Butterfield Park Redevelopment Begins

The $1.69 million bid by Elanar Construction Co., of Chicago, IL for the Butterfield Park Redevelopment Project was approved by the Park Board at their May 11, 2016 meeting. Construction on the project began in late June and will include the construction of a new universal playground, The Playground for Everyone, in addition to the $1.84 million planned park renovations.
 

Park Board Breaks Ground on Butterfield Park & The Playground for Everyone

On Saturday, June 18, the Elmhurst Park District broke ground on the Butterfield Park redevelopment project and the Playground for Everyone. Plans to redevelop Butterfield Park have been part of the District’s long-range plans, and included input from neighboring residents at multiple public meetings.
 

Fischer Bake Sale Raises Funds for the Playground for Everyone

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.

Be a Kid Again Fundraiser a Big Success!

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.

Lions of Elmhurst Becomes a Supporting Partner for the Playground for Everyone

Lions Club Donation
Another community organization has chosen to join the People for Elmhurst’s Park Foundation in its commitment to bringing The Playground for Everyone to Elmhurst. Last month, the Lions Club of Elmhurst presented a $5,000 donation to the project. This donation will add to the more than $150,000 already received in donations toward the Foundation’s goal of $250,000. 
 

'Be A Kid Again' FUNdraiser for the Playground for Everyone

February 20, 2016 - 7:00pm to 10:30pm
The People for Elmhurst Parks Foundation invites you to put away your heels and break out your hi-tops and playground attire at the ‘Be A Kid Again’ FUNdraiser for the Playground for Everyone on Saturday, February 20 from 7-10:30 p.m. at Courts Plus.
 
The Playground for Everyone is a universal accessible playground which will allow children with special needs to fully access the playground and play alongside other kids. It is planned for construction at Butterfield Park in late summer 2016.
 

Girl Scout Troop Raises Funds for The Playground for Everyone

Visitors to Wagner Community Center this past Thursday were able to satisfy a sweet tooth and help a good cause. Girl Scout Troop #50302 sold baked goods 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. The troop is working toward their bronze service award and want to help the community build a park where everyone can play together. The troop raised $415 which will go toward the playground’s construction. 
 

Bike Racks Become Art at Playground for Everyone

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.

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