Park Board approves Sugar Creek Restoration Project

Sugar Creek Golf Course draws its name from the creek which runs through the property. The creek is an extremely valuable resource that provides open space, aquatic habitat, flood storage, runoff conveyance and recreational opportunities for Elmhurst and Villa Park, which own the golf course jointly.

Unfortunately, shoreline erosion, sediment deposit accumulations and degraded water quality have compromised the value of the water resource. Ignoring these issues may result in additional irrigation costs if the current source fails and the closing or altering of up to five holes due to unsafe shorelines. However, a project to restore the portion of the creek which runs through the golf course seeks to remedy these issues and preserve the resource.

The Sugar Creek Restoration Project was approved to move forward at the Monday, June 27 Park Board Meeting. Work is expected to begin this fall.

About fifty percent of the project will be funded through grants from the DuPage County Water Quality Improvement Program and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The other fifty percent of funding will come equally from Sugar Creek Golf Course, the Village of Villa Park and Elmhurst Park District. 

“We’re very excited to move forward with this; it’s an exciting time for Sugar Creek Golf Course,” said Executive Director, Jim Rogers.

The project is expected to wrap-up in July 2023 and will ensure this natural resource is a benefit to the communities of Elmhurst and Villa Park for years to come.