Park Board News

Demand for recreational programming remains high in Elmhurst, and the Elmhurst Park District continues to look for ways to expand indoor programming space and reduce waitlists.

The Elmhurst Park District Board and staff would like to thank everyone who has participated in ongoing engagement activities as part of Elevate Elmhurst Parks planning. Extensive feedback was collected to guide the District’s strategic planning efforts to shape the future of the District and create the Elevate Elmhurst Parks Plan.

Taking care of athletic fields is a crucial part of meeting the needs and expectations of the community, sports groups and Park District partners. With this in mind, the Park Board was pleased to approve several upgrades to Butterfield Park Field #1 at its Monday, April 22 Park Board Meeting.

In March, the Park Board approved restoration of the metal roof covering the tennis courts at Courts Plus Fitness Center. The metal roof is 33 years old and exhibiting signs of oxidation. Restoration work will maintain the roof’s structural integrity and extend its lifespan.

Following restoration, the Park District will use a financing mechanism known as a power purchase agreement (PPA), which calls for the installation of an array of solar panels on all of Courts Plus’ roof surfaces.

Elmhurst Park District is always looking for ways to advance its mission of enriching the lives while having fun. Last year, the District engaged the community in Elevate Elmhurst Parks, a comprehensive and strategic planning initiative seeking to update the District’s previous plan and guide decision-making for the next 5 years. The final Elevate Elmhurst Parks plan was approved at the February 26 Park Board meeting.

By next summer, families in the Pick Park neighborhood will have a new place to play!

With construction anticipated to begin next June, staff is getting ready for the redevelopment of Pioneer Park.

Dogs will have their day in Elmhurst soon! The Elmhurst Park District Board of Park Commissioners approved the name of the future dog park to be “Canine Corner” during their Monday, November 27 meeting, marking an important step for the project. Construction of the dog park is slated to begin in the spring.

A new playground and other park updates are coming to Pioneer Park!

Ben Allison Park playground made its official debut on Saturday, September 16.

This year, the Elmhurst Park District is mapping its future by updating its comprehensive and strategic plan. Part of this process will be hearing from the community and giving residents the opportunity to share their insights and ideas through a website, surveys and in-person events.

Wilder Park’s Horticulture Complex is a vital part of the Park District. Many residents are familiar with the Conservatory, which hosts flower shows throughout the year.

With an eye toward the future, the Park Board and District staff continue to work toward the opening of a dog park next year.

Park Board members, Park District staff and the communities of Elmhurst and Villa Park came together last Saturday at Sugar Creek Golf Course to celebrate the restoration of Sugar Creek, which incl

At the Monday, May 8 Annual Board Meeting, incumbent Tim Sheehan was sworn in along with newly elected Commissioner, Susan Smentek. 

Board Elections were held for the year during the meeting, with Commissioner Kevin Graf elected Board President and Commissioner Sheehan elected Board Vice President.

Wilder Park’s open green space will grow following the approval to demolish the former Lizzadro Museum building later this summer.

Today Governor Pritzker announced the Elmhurst Park District was a recipient of an Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grant in the amount of $340,300 to be used to fund half the cost of the planned $680,000 development of a brand-new park in the Pick Subdivision called Pick Park. The Park District anticipates completing design development and engineering this year with construction beginning and the new park opening in 2024.

Park Board Commissioner, Carolyn Ubriaco, was recently elected to the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) Board of Trustees.

After an extensive review of software solution options, the Park Board approved ActiveNet as the District’s new registration software provider during its December 18 meeting, and last week, District staff finalized the contract with the new vendor.

Improvements are coming to Ben Allison Park next year, including a new playground.

A new park is on the horizon for Elmhurst Park District.

At the Monday, October 24 Park Board Meeting, the Elmhurst Garden Club presented a check for $5,000 to the Park District.

Cloudy skies didn’t stop the neighborhood from coming out to play last Saturday during the ribbon cutting at Eldridge Park’s newly redeveloped east playground.

Park District staff and Board Members joined Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition (ECCC) on Tuesday, September 6 for a ribbon cutting celebrating the new native garden located on the north side of Wilder

At their August 8 meeting, the Park Board approved the planting of sixty trees this fall.