The Skate Park at York Commons will be closed Monday, September 16-Thursday, September 19. Preventative maintenance, including painting and caulking of expansion joints, will be completed at this time. The Skate Park will reopen on Friday, September 20. Thanks for your patience while we work to improve the facility!
Park & Facilities Improvements
Installation of new playground equipment at Salt Creek Park began this week. The equipment will feature more climbing opportunities as well as a Friendship swing, a multi-user swing that lets friends and family swing together! The park's redevelopment work also includes a water fountain, a looped trail around the park, connecting paths on the north and east sides of the park, and resurfaced street parking.
Redevelopment of Salt Creek Park is expected to be completed in late September 2019.
Pickle ball fans - get ready! The redevelopment of Crestview Park's courts began this week!
Crestview Park’s courts needed resurfacing and we're excited to bring this sport to the parks! Look for the basketball courts and six new pickle ball courts to be ready for play in late September!
Stop by Eldridge Park's playground off of Spring Road and tell us changes you would like to see at the park in 2020!
Plus - bring the kids and enjoy a mini Party in the Park, with classic backyard games like hula hoops, chalk and coloring. Light refreshments will be provided.
Eldridge Park's east playground is scheduled for redevelopment in 2020. The District plans to replace the playground and implement other general park improvements.
HVAC roof top units at Wagner Community Center are scheduled to be replaced the week of August 19.
On Tuesday, August 20, contractors will be bringing a crane to remove the current units and set the three new units on the roof. The crane will be located in front of the building, blocking the front entrance, which will not be accessible during this time.
The registration desk will be closed until Noon on Tuesday, August 20.
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.
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.
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!
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.