On Monday, August 13, Elmhurst Park District and Elmhurst College representatives came together to celebrate the completion of the recently renovated turf fields at Berens Park. The fields have proven themselves to be mutually beneficial to both organizations and the Elmhurst community as a whole and are a great tribute to the partnership between the two entities.
“The Elmhurst Park District Board and staff look forward to continuing to work with Elmhurst College in the future as we identify additional opportunities to partner,” said Park District Executive Director Jim Rogers.
It was almost exactly 10 years ago, on June 16, 2008, that the Park District and College initially cut the ribbon and jointly dedicated the turf fields. Since that date, scores of soccer, football and lacrosse players from both the community and the College have enjoyed countless hours of play, practice and games on the fields.
Elmhurst College President Troy D. VanAken noted at the ribbon cutting that the successful partnership with the Park District, on the Berens turf field project and others, has helped the College to attract significantly more student-athletes in recent years. He thanked the Park District for the collaboration, calling it “a win-win for all of us.”
“This is just one of many great things that are going to happen as we continue to partner together,” he said.