Park Board News

Newly elected Park Board member ready to make an impact

At the Monday, May 10 Park Board meeting, incumbents Kevin Graf and Carolyn Ubriaco were sworn in along with new Commissioner, Meghan Scarsella.

Scarsella’s interest in joining the Board stemmed from her family’s many years of participation in Park District programs, including Sunbeams & Rainbows Preschool, swim lessons at East End Pool and participation in the Impact Dance Company.

Retiring Park Board member thanks staff, fellow commissioners

Retiring Park Board Commissioner, Doug Ennis, was recognized at the April 26, 2021 Park Board meeting for his six years of service to the board.

During his tenure, Ennis served on the Board of the Elmhurst Art Museum and People for Elmhurst Parks, as well as committee and liaison roles in Finance, Policy and Registration Management Software Ad hoc.

In anticipation of Glos Memorial Park expansion and redevelopment, Park Board authorizes environmental services for 135 Palmer Drive

Glos Memorial Park has provided open space and formal gardens in downtown Elmhurst, the community’s most densely populated area, since the 1970s. In 2017, the District acquired 135 Palmer Drive, a building adjacent to Glos Memorial Park. This year, the goal is to demolish the building and parking lot, which are in poor condition, and return the area to open space for the community.

Elmhurst Park District Proposed Budget: Planning for Transition in 2021

Summary

  • The Park District’s 2021 Budget reflects a year of transition as part of a slow and gradual recovery including the reopening and expanding of facilities, programs and services as the COVID-19 vaccine becomes wider-spread, mandated capacity and social distancing restrictions are lifted, and more participants become comfortable to return to indoor programs and services.
  • As compared to the 2020 Budget, non-tax revenues and operating expenses are decreasing significantly due to the impacts of the pandemic.

Park Board discusses proposed 2021 Capital Projects, including demolition of 135 Palmer Drive building

Improvements at the newest District park and expansion of green space are just some of the proposed capital projects District staff is planning for in 2021.

Details about potential capital projects were presented at the January 25 Park Board meeting as part of an overview of the 2021 proposed budget.

Elmhurst CUSD 205 and Elmhurst Park District Finalize Sale/Purchase of the Abbey Property

This week, Elmhurst Community Unit District 205 and Elmhurst Park District finalized plans for the purchase and sale of the property at 407 W. St Charles Road, commonly known as The Abbey. The $1.6 million deal makes room for the eventual relocation of the Park District’s senior center and a permanent solution for the York High School Transition Center. Both entities have long identified the need for larger space for the respective programs. Closing will take place in February 2021.

Elmhurst Garden Club makes donation to support Park District's Recreation Assistance program

The Elmhurst Garden Club announced a donation of $1,000 to the Elmhurst Park District at the November 9 Park Board meeting.

The Garden Club has made donations to the Park District for several years, using money raised at their annual Garden Walk and Faire fundraiser. The Garden Walk also funds the club’s scholarship program. However, due to the pandemic, the Garden Walk was cancelled this year, making the Garden Club's donation especially significant given this year's challenges.

Elmhurst Park District to receive CARES Act funds to help with pandemic’s financial impact

Two recent decisions by the Board of Park Commissioners will assist in dealing with the impact of COVID-19 related expenses on the District.

At the September 14 meeting, the Park Board approved entering into an Intergovernmental Agreement with DuPage County to have the opportunity to receive reimbursement for COVID-19 related expenses.

Pickleball Courts Ribbon Cutting

September 26, 2020 - 10:00am

Join us as we safely celebrate the grand opening of the Crestview Park Pickleball Courts! We’ll celebrate with a ribbon cutting and a pickleball demonstration on the brand new courts. Stop by Crestview Park on Saturday, September 26 at 10 a.m.

Friendly reminder of the 3Ws: Wear a mask, watch your distance, and wash your hands.

Park District dedicates Centennial Park, Elmhurst’s first new park in more than three decades

Monday, July 13 was a historic moment for Elmhurst Park District, as the District unveiled and dedicated Elmhurst’s first new park in more than three decades. The Park Board and District staff hosted a Virtual Park Dedication on Facebook to celebrate and reveal the park's name.

This being the year of the District's 100th anniversary, the name, Centennial Park, reflects back with pride on the last 100 years of the District while looking ahead toward the future with hope and optimism.

Replacement of Eldridge Park's east playground planned for 2020

Plans are coming together for the redevelopment of Eldridge Park’s east playground, which Elmhurst Park District intends to replace in 2020. The Park Board approved playground concepts at the Monday, January 13 Park Board meeting.

In order to gather feedback and engage the community in the playground’s concept, the Park District performed in-person surveys at Eldridge Park during the spring and summer of 2019 and held a Party in the Park Input Meeting last August to see what changes the community was interested in seeing at the park.

Park Board approves contract for additional assessments at site of potential indoor sports facility

At the October 14 Park Board meeting, the Board approved a contract with V3 Companies Ltd. to perform additional assessments at 837 S. Riverside Drive. The property located at the intersection of Route 83 and Riverside Drive, also known as the Kieft Brothers property, is 16.4 acres divisible over two adjacent lots and is the planned location of a potential indoor sports facility.

Elmhurst Garden Club makes $3,000 donation to Park District

At the Monday, October 14 Park Board meeting, members of the Elmhurst Garden Club presented a check to the District for $3,000, raised during the Garden Walk and Faire, held in July.

Penny O’Neill, Garden Walk & Faire Committee Chair, thanked the District for the support they provide during this annual event.

“We want to thank the Park District,” O’Neill said, “We can't make this happen without you.”

Next year will be the Elmhurst Garden Club’s 25th walk and the organization looks forward to a continued partnership with the Park District.

Park Board takes steps to improve drainage conditions throughout District

Addressing park drainage and standing water issues is a project Elmhurst Park District intends to tackle in 2020. Steps toward achieving that goal were made at the most recent Park Board meeting.

Community feedback gathered in 2016 and 2017 rated District parks in “fair” condition overall on maintenance and upkeep. The District’s Vision 2020 Plan, formed based on that feedback, includes improved condition and maintenance of parks and amenities as one of its primary goals. The improvement of drainage would substantially improve park conditions for visitors.

Park Board approves contract to purchase 16-acre site as future home of indoor sports facility contingent on a March 2020 referendum

At the September 23, 2019 meeting of the Elmhurst Park District Board of Park Commissioners, the board approved a contract to purchase a 16-acre site located at 837 Riverside Drive as the potential home of a new indoor sports facility as part of Vision 2020. The purchase price is $15 million, and the contract is contingent on a successful March 2020 referendum. Park District staff will now begin the due diligence process.

Park Board decides to survey community regarding possible referendum

At the September 9 meeting of the Elmhurst Park District Board of Commissioners, staff presented the implementation plans and financial options for addressing Vision 2020 large-scale projects. The six projects, which can be viewed at vision2020.epd.org, were a direct result of community feedback. After reviewing the financial plans, the Park Board decided to pursue a voter survey that will determine the level of community support to fund the six projects through a referendum.

Pickleball courts coming to Elmhurst Park District

Playing pickleball in Elmhurst is about to get much easier. This summer, construction begins on six, dedicated pickleball courts in Elmhurst Park District’s Crestview Park.

This fast paced racquet game combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It’s played on a court with a paddle and plastic ball, similar to a wiffle ball. The sport, invented in 1965, is relatively new, but is rising in popularity.

“Over the past three years we have seen an increased interest in pickleball,” says the Park District’s Director of Facilities, Angela Ferrentino.

Park Board member retires after 24 years of service

Park Board honors Patricia Morrisette-Moll for her 24 years of service

Serving as a volunteer board member for a local unit of government can seem intimidating to some, but for Patricia Morissette-Moll, it became a passion. After attending more than 500 board meetings, countless events, and being part of numerous large-scale projects, Morrisette-Moll was recognized at the April 22, 2019 Park Board meeting for her 24 years of service to the board. 

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