Park Board News

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.
 

Board Reviews Plan to Expedite Stormwater Project in Golden Meadows Park

The Elmhurst Park District Board of Park Commissioners reviewed the proposed Golden Meadows Park stormwater IGA prepared by the City of Elmhurst on April 13, 2016 after discussions and review of the agreement took place last week with the Park District attorney and with the Park Board’s stormwater subcommittee.  In an effort to expedite the process and enable the City to help residents in the Pine Street neighborhood as quickly as possible, the subcommittee recommended a new sequence of events aimed at streamlining the agreement.  The proposed new sequencing was also shared with C

Park Board Receives Proposed Golden Meadows IGA

The Park Board received the proposed Intergovernmental Agreement for the use of Golden Meadows for stormwater detention from the City of Elmhurst on the afternoon of March 22, 2016.  The stormwater subcommittee did not have time to review the proposed IGA prior to the March 24, 2016 stormwater subcommittee meeting. The Park District's attorney, District subcommittee members and staff are currently reviewing the IGA with the intent of Park Board discussions at the April 13, 2016 Park Board Meeting.  A copy of the proposed IGA accompanies this article.   

Final Elmhurst Park District 2015 Budget

The Elmhurst Park District Board of Park Commissioners approved the 2015 Budget document and 2015 Budget & Appropriation Ordinance at its December 10, 2014 meeting.  At the November 5, 2014 Park Board meeting, staff presented an overview of the 2015 Proposed Budget.  At the November 19, 2014 Board meeting, the Board continued to discuss and held a public hearing on the 2015 Proposed Budget.  Click here to view the final 2015 Budget and 2

Proposed 2015 Elmhurst Park District Budget

The proposed 2015 Budget is available for review at the Park District's Administration Building (375 W. First Street, Elmhurst), the Elmhurst Public Library (125 S. Prospect, Elmhurst), or view here.  The Board will review and discuss the proposed 2015 Budget at the November 5 and 19, 2014 Board meetings at 7 p.m. (held at 375 W. First Street, Elmhurst.)  At the November 19, 2014 Board meeting (7 p.m.), the Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2015 Budget.

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