Several capital projects received the approval to more forward at the Monday, March 14 Park Board meeting, with projects at Eldridge Park, Courts Plus and the Wilder Park Formal Garden scheduled to be completed this year. Together, these projects are a sign of the Park District’s commitment to maintaining current assets and meeting the outdoor amenity needs of the community through maintenance and stewardship.
Park & Facilities Improvements
For more than 40 years, The Abbey at 407 St. Charles Road was the home of senior programming for Elmhurst Park District. From luncheons to chair yoga, it was a center of learning and enrichment for adults in the community.
Upcoming maintenance work at Courts Plus will include the replacement of the roof over the Courts Plus café area, with the project receiving approval at the January 10 Park Board Meeting. Infrastructure projects such as this are a critical part of maintaining the Park District’s existing facilities.
In 2021, the majority of Courts Plus’ roof was replaced, with the plan to complete the project in smaller second and third phases in 2022 and 2026, respectively.
At their January 10 meeting, the Park Board approved payments toward the replacement of the roof at the City of Elmhurst's Maintenance Facility at 985 S. Riverside Drive, based on an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) which exists between the Park District and the City.
Learn about District projects, accomplishments and future plans at the upcoming Virtual State of the Park District Address at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17.
Presented by Park Board President, Vince Spaeth and Executive Director, Jim Rogers, the address will also highlight the impact of the pandemic on the District and progress on the Vision 2020 comprehensive plan, including DEI initiatives such as the Inclusion Vision Stand and Gender Data Collection Inclusivity.
The Hub tent area at Berens Park was recently revitalized by the Parks Department, with new plants and surfacing installed this October.
The space, located directly south of the Lee A. Daniels Pavilions, is a popular spot for birthday party groups and rentals. Regular maintenance is needed to ensure the outdoor amenity is a comfortable and relaxing place for the community, but this project also improved the area, creating a more welcoming spot for partygoers and park visitors.
Eternally Green Lawn Care, Inc. is scheduled to begin the annual fall broadleaf weed control applications on October 6, 2021. Applications are scheduled to take place between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. with some variations depending on the location. The schedule is weather dependent and may need to be adjusted based on conditions. The District will update our website and social media with any changes to the application schedule.
Update - This survey is now closed.
Elmhurst Park District is looking for community input on the development of its newest park, Centennial Park, located at 155 E. St. Charles Road. Please view the potential concepts below and take our short survey to provide us feedback.
Update: Due to weather, we will be meeting inside at Centennial Recreation Center.
We are working to enhance a park in your community and we need your help. Stop by our Open House at to give your opinion about the proposed Master Plan for the park.
Glos Memorial Park has provided open space and formal gardens in downtown Elmhurst, the community’s most densely populated area, since the 1970s. In 2017, the District acquired 135 Palmer Drive, a building adjacent to Glos Memorial Park. This year, the goal is to demolish the building and parking lot, which are in poor condition, and return the area to open space for the community.
5/3/21 - Please note that this open house is being moved indoors to the History Museum annex due to the rain forecast this evening. Parking will be at the History Museum across the street from Glos Park.
We are working to enhance a park in your community and we need your help. Stop by our Open House at Glos Memorial Park from 6-7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 3 to give your opinion and ask questions about the development of the park.
We are working to enhance a park in your community and we need your help. Stop by our Open House at Centennial Park to give your opinion and ask questions about the development of the park.
Improvements at the newest District park and expansion of green space are just some of the proposed capital projects District staff is planning for in 2021.
Details about potential capital projects were presented at the January 25 Park Board meeting as part of an overview of the 2021 proposed budget.
This week, Elmhurst Community Unit District 205 and Elmhurst Park District finalized plans for the purchase and sale of the property at 407 W. St Charles Road, commonly known as The Abbey. The $1.6 million deal makes room for the eventual relocation of the Park District’s senior center and a permanent solution for the York High School Transition Center. Both entities have long identified the need for larger space for the respective programs. Closing will take place in February 2021.
Berens Park ballfields received an upgrade this fall – two separate batting cages, which will provide a safe and efficient space for players to warm-up prior to and during games. Baseball and softball certainly has a home at Berens Park. The park’s ballfields are heavily used throughout the spring, summer and fall by youth baseball and softball leagues, as well as by Park District adult softball leagues.
The District’s first dedicated pickleball courts were formally welcomed to Elmhurst last Saturday, September 26 with pickleball players, Park Board members and Park District staff coming together for a ribbon cutting at Crestview Park, the location of the new courts.
The sport of pickleball has been gaining interest throughout the country. Combining elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, it is fast paced game and a great activity for people of all ages.
Water is vital to our parks - an important part of creating a vital, healthy environment for plants and park goers. Too much water; however, can have the opposite effect, negatively impacting maintenance operations, athletic field usage, special events and passive recreational areas.
Several parks this fall are receiving drainage improvements, to help address issues related to poor drainage and standing water following heavy rains and snow melts in those areas.
Plans are coming together for the redevelopment of Eldridge Park’s east playground, which Elmhurst Park District intends to replace in 2020. The Park Board approved playground concepts at the Monday, January 13 Park Board meeting.
In order to gather feedback and engage the community in the playground’s concept, the Park District performed in-person surveys at Eldridge Park during the spring and summer of 2019 and held a Party in the Park Input Meeting last August to see what changes the community was interested in seeing at the park.
The Elmhurst Park District is looking for your input on the replacement of Eldridge Park's east playground, located along Spring Road. This playground will be updated during the summer of 2020.
During the summer of 2019, the Park District collected public survey responses and gathered public input at an August Party in the Park regarding what amenities and features the community would like to see in the playground.
Based on the public’s input, three nature themed playground concepts have been generated and we invite you to complete this short survey to provide feedback.
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.