Park & Facilities Improvements

Pickle ball courts coming to Elmhurst Park District

Playing pickle ball in Elmhurst is about to get much easier. This summer, construction begins on six, dedicated pickle ball 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 pickle ball,” says the Park District’s Director of Facilities, Angela Ferrentino.

Salt Creek Greenway Trail expected to be complete by early July

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.

2018 Green Team update emphasizes commitment to implementing green practices

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,

Elmhurst Park District celebrates partnership with Elmhurst College at turf field ribbon cutting

Elmhurst College President, Park District Executive Director and Elmhurst College staff celebrate ribbon cutting

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.

Redeveloped sports courts at Conrad Fischer Park now open

Futsal Court Elmhurst Conrad Fischer Park

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.

Wagner Community Center roofing project begins August 6

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.

Conrad Fischer Playground Surfacing Installation Begins

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.

Berens Park Synthetic Turf reopening July 9

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.

Park District continues to make improvements to environmental practices

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.

Equipment installation begins at Conrad Fischer Park playground

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.

Synthetic Turf installation complete at Berens Parks

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.

Berens Park west parking lot closed

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. 

 

Redevelopment work at Conrad Fischer Park begins

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.

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