Park Board News

Park Board Approves Drafting of Amendment to Ban Tobacco on all District Property

The March 13 Park Board Meeting saw discussion over changes to the District’s Park and Facility User Ordinance, specifically an amendment to ban tobacco use on District property. Based on the information presented by the Board Policy Committee at the meeting, the Park Board approved moving forward with the drafting of an amendment which bans tobacco use on all District property except at the Sugar Creek Golf Course, which would be excluded at this time due to the intergovernmental agreement with the Village of Villa Park.

Park Board Approves Plunkett Park Playground Redevelopment Project

Plans for the redevelopment of Plunkett Park playground moved forward at the Monday, March 13 Park Board meeting, with the Board approving both the Plunkett Park Playground Redevelopment Project and the Plunkett Park Playground Safety Surfacing Project. Plunkett Park playground is next on the District’s replacement schedule and the project will ensure that the playground continues to comply with current safety standards and ADA accessibility requirements.

Park Board Approves Berens Park North Tennis Courts Resurfacing

The Berens Park North Tennis Courts will be getting a facelift this spring. At the Monday, February 27 Park Board Meeting, the Board approved a resurfacing project for the tennis courts, at a cost of $121,946.17.

The scope of the project includes adding a layer of stone on top of the existing surface and overlaying with new asphalt and color coating. The tennis net posts and nets will also be replaced at a cost of $3,240. Work on the project is expected to begin in late May. The Berens Park South Tennis Courts will remain open and playable during construction.

Sale of Part of Golden Meadows to the City of Elmhurst Moves Forward

The stormwater detention project at Golden Meadows is moving forward.  The appraisal of $1,130,000 was approved by the Elmhurst City Council at their January 17, 2017 meeting.  The appraisal was then sent by the Park District to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and is now awaiting their approval.   Since the property was purchased with IDNR Grant funds, IDNR must approve the appraisal and sale of the property to the City of Elmhurst.  IDNR prohibits stormwater detention as a use for park land purchased with IDNR funds, thus requiring the sale of the property to the City of Elmhurst.

Park Board Approves Acquiring New Property Near East End Park

The Elmhurst Park Board has approved the purchase of the property at 207 N. Hampshire Avenue, located northeast of East End Park. The District’s strategic objectives include acquiring property to increase open space in the community and property adjacent to existing park property is identified as particularly desirable in the District’s strategic plan. The purchase price of $415,000 for the property was approved at the Monday, January 17, 2017 Park Board meeting.

Park Board Welcomes Community to New Ben Allison Sled Hill

The Elmhurst Park District Board of Park Commissioners cut the ribbon and officially welcomed the public to the newly redesigned Ben Allison sled hill on Saturday, January 28.

Park Board President Vince Spaeth and Executive Director Jim Rogers explained that plans for the renovation of the sled hill were approved by the Park Board in February 2016 in an effort to provide ADA accessibility and a safer sled path that is not angled toward the street.

Pool Pass Survey Results Help Park District Plan for Summer 2017

At the Tuesday, January 17 Board Meeting, results of a survey given to Pool Pass Holders in fall 2016 were presented. The survey gathered feedback regarding pass holders' usage of and satisfaction with facilities, amenities and staff.

The Park District looks forward to rolling out some operational changes for summer 2017 based on the results of the survey. Look for more information on these changes in late spring 2017 as new pool schedules become available. 

Park Board Approves Acquiring New Property

The Elmhurst Park Board has approved the purchase of the property at 447 Armitage Avenue, adjacent to Berens Park. The District’s strategic objectives include acquiring property to increase open space in the community and property adjacent to existing park property is identified as particularly desirable in the District’s strategic plan. The purchase price of $292,500 for the Armitage Avenue property was approved by Resolution R-05-16 at the Monday, October 11, 2016 Park Board meeting.

Indoor Sports Facility Study Draft Report Presented to Park Board and City of Elmhurst

 

2020 Vision – Focus on the Future

The Board of Park Commissioners has approved engaging The Lakota Group to conduct a community needs assessment to be completed in fall of 2016 and the development of a comprehensive and strategic plan with completion by late May 2017.  Using a qualifications based selection process, the Board interviewed two professional service firms with experience conducting surveys and facilitating Comprehensive and Strategic Plan processes.

Park Board Approves Acquiring New Property

The Elmhurst Park Board has approved the purchase of the property at 135 Palmer Drive, adjacent to Glos Memorial Park, near downtown Elmhurst.   The District’s strategic objectives include acquiring property to increase open space in the community, and property adjacent to existing park property is identified as particularly desirable in the District’s strategic plan.   The purchase price of $1.75 Million for the Palmer Drive property was approved with Resolution NO. R-03-16 at the Monday, September 12, 2016 Park Board meeting. 
 

Flooring Matters

In the third phase of flooring replacement at Courts Plus, the Park Board approved a total project cost of $52,779 to replace flooring in the upper and lower level hallways and offices and to install vinyl VLVT flooring in the upper level tennis viewing area, racquetball, offices, hallway and conference rooms. 

Park Board Breaks Ground on Butterfield Park & The Playground for Everyone

On Saturday, June 18, the Elmhurst Park District broke ground on the Butterfield Park redevelopment project and the Playground for Everyone. Plans to redevelop Butterfield Park have been part of the District’s long-range plans, and included input from neighboring residents at multiple public meetings.
 

Park District Administrative Office to Receive Exterior Improvements

At their May 25, 2016 meeting, the Park Board approved a bid of $63,800 from Professional Paving and Concrete Co., Inc. of Glen Ellyn, Illinois to redesign the front entrance stairway at the Park District Administrative Office in order to increase accessibility and safety, and to repair the sidewalks and driveway entrances on First Street. This improvement project will also include paving the visitor parking spots directly across from the front entrance along the train tracks.

Market Analysis Underway for Indoor Sports Facility in Elmhurst

The Park Board and City of Elmhurst have hired Conventions, Sports & Leisure International (CSL) to conduct a market and financial feasibility study for an Indoor Sports Facility in Elmhurst. CSL, based in Minnesota, was selected from eight firms, of which five were interviewed by a joint panel of Park and City staff members.  Both the Park Board of Commissioners and the City of Elmhurst Development, Planning, and Zoning Committee gave concurrence to staff to proceed with the hiring of CSL for the study and a contract was signed on May 5, 2016.
 

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