Butterfield Park Project
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.
In response to requests from Butterfield Park neighbors, the Park Board of Commissioners has scheduled a special board meeting for Monday, November 2. The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Wilder Mansion, 211 Prospect Avenue and will include the Park District providing an overview of the Butterfield Park master plan and planning process along with an opportunity for questions and answers from those in attendance. As a majority of the Park Board will be attending, the meeting will be conducted and posted in accordance with the requirements of the Open Meetings Act.
Imagine a playground where every child can participate in all elements of the design. A place where children of all abilities can play, socialize, and dream together; fostering acceptance, friendship, and understanding through play. For many children with disabilities this may represent the only place in their lives where they can swing, slide, climb, spin and play side-by-side with their friends and peers without having to abandon their usual means of mobility.
In 2016, the Elmhurst Park District will be making improvements to Butterfield Park, including refurbishing the three tennis courts and lighting systems, correcting drainage issues in the park, and replacing the walking path.