With the roll out of Vision 2020, six key goals emerged including improved condition and maintenance of parks and amenities. To align with that goal, a fence improvement project will begin soon at Berens and Van Voorst parks. The project is based on athletic field park assessments that were completed during the Vision 2020 process.
Park & Facilities Improvements
Progress on the Salt Creek Greenway Trail connector continues. This week, permanent sheet piling is being installed. The project should be substantially complete by mid-June, with a final completion closer to July 1.
The Elmhurst Park District’s 2019 capital budget included funds for completing the engineering, design, and construction of a 740 ft. long by 6 ft. wide asphalt trail connection in proximity to Brush Hill Road south of Butterfield Road. The current alignment at this location had trail users on the shoulder of the road and traveling against the flow of traffic.
The Berens Sled Hill regrading project is underway. Please see the tentative construction schedule. The contractor is targeting to complete the job on or before April 26.
The Elmhurst Park District is committed to developing, implementing, and using sound environmental practices. In 2014, the District restructured its environmental committee (originally created in 2008) to an agency-wide work group. The Green Team Work Group includes staff who have regular job responsibilities that will provide the maximum opportunity to implement green practices. The Work Group investigates, reviews, recommends,
The Elmhurst Park District is seeking public comment on its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan. On October 24, 2011, the Board of Park Commissioners approved an updated ADA Audit and Transition Plan that was completed by Accessibility Consultation and Training Services, Inc. of Wheaton (ACT), in consultation with staff.
On Monday, August 13, Elmhurst Park District and Elmhurst College representatives came together to celebrate the completion of the recently renovated turf fields at Berens Park. The fields have proven themselves to be mutually beneficial to both organizations and the Elmhurst community as a whole and are a great tribute to the partnership between the two entities.
“The Elmhurst Park District Board and staff look forward to continuing to work with Elmhurst College in the future as we identify additional opportunities to partner,” said Park District Executive Director Jim Rogers.
The redevelopment of the sports courts at Conrad Fischer park is completed! Last resurfaced in 2005, the courts were also repainted and restriped to provide several sport opportunities. Park goers now have three options for fun: tennis, basketball and futsal!
After gathering community input, staff determined that converting the two existing tennis courts and one roller hockey court to one tennis court, one futsal court and two half basketball courts would provide more recreational opportunities for the neighborhood.
The Wagner Community Center roofing project begins Monday, August 6 and is scheduled to be completed August 24. During the project, Wagner will remain open for regular hours. The contractor will be staging equipment and supplies in the west parking lot and they will be using a large vacuum truck to remove the gravel from the surface of the Wagner roof during the first phase of the project.
Work continues at Conrad Fischer Park playground! Playground equipment is in and the concrete perimeter curb was poured last week. Surfacing has begun this week. The surface will consist of permeable rubber safety surfacing and rubber safety tiles.
Work at the park is expected to be completed by August 2018. Visit the Conrad Fischer Park playground project page for ongoing updates.
You've shared your feedback and told us what you'd want in a dog park, now it's time to see design concepts! Stop by the open house on Thursday, July 26 from 5-8 p.m. at The Abbey to view the concepts and vote for your favorite! Visit our Vision 2020 webpage for more information on our comprehensive and strategic plan or contact Director of Facilities Angela Ferrentino at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 993-8915 for more information.
Creating a memorable park experience at the Park District includes creating sustainable practices and ensuring the native plant and wildlife in the parks is conserved for generations to come. Conservation efforts are a key component to park maintenance and horticultural work at the District.
The Berens Park Synthetic Turf Project is completed and the fields will reopen the week of July 9, allowing summer camps and team programs to again make use of the fields. The project, begun in early June, moved swiftly and was completed ahead of schedule.
After ten years of use, replacement was necessary to continue to provide a safe and functional surface for play and to meet the high demand for field usage, by both the Park District and affiliate athletic groups.
A recent internal review by Park District staff of environmental practices at the District shows a high level of commitment to positive environmental impact. A rating of ‘very good’ was determined with the assistance of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) Environmental Report Card; however, the District continues to work on strategies for improvement.
The IPRA Environmental Report Card is a self-evaluation tool which the Park District uses internally to determine areas of improvement which can be focused on to effect environmental practices.
Based on feedback from residents during the Vision 2020 process, one of the amenities most desired is a dog park. And now is your chance to tell us what you'd like to see! You're invited to a planning open house on Thursday, July 12 from 5-8 p.m. at The Abbey, 407 W. St. Charles Road. It will be an open house format so drop in any time and let us know what you'd like to see in a dog park!
Modern, bright blue and green playground equipment has arrived at Conrad Fischer Park playground this week, as the park's redevelopment project continues. The equipment will give children more climbing opportunities and is designed for ages 2-5. Work at the park is expected to be completed by August 2018. Visit the Conrad Fischer Park playground project page for ongoing updates.
The turf at Berens Park has been completely installed on both fields and they are nearly finished with adding the infill. After the infill is completed they, restoration of the site will begin, including fence repairs and restoration of natural grass surrounding the fields. District staff will then be moving in to complete some additional site work prior to the re-opening of the fields. The project is expected to be completed in early August 2018.
Paving of the Berens Park west lot and the parking stalls along Oaklawn begins today. Work is being completed on the driveway of the west lot now and it should open by mid morning. The parking along Oaklawn will remain closed for the day.
During this time, the east parking lot at Berens Park will remain available to visitors. Amenities at Berens Park, including the tennis courts, The Hub and the playground will remain open.
With school out of session, the Park District is beginning work on the redevelopment of Conrad Fischer Park playground, which will receive new structures and play surfacing this summer. On June 4, the old playground structures were removed by Kids Around the World, a non-profit agency that repurposes playgrounds and rebuilds them in developing countries. Elmhurst Park District has worked with them previously to repurpose playground equipment from several parks, including most recently at Plunkett Park.