Park & Facilities Improvements
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.
Join us as we safely celebrate the grand opening of the Crestview Park Pickleball Courts! We’ll celebrate with a ribbon cutting and a pickleball demonstration on the brand new courts. Stop by Crestview Park on Saturday, September 26 at 10 a.m.
Friendly reminder of the 3Ws: Wear a mask, watch your distance, and wash your hands.
Wilder Park Conservatory will be closed October 26-30 for installation of the Fall Mum Show.
The Fall Mum Show will open Saturday, October 31.
Wilder Park Conservatory will be closed April 1-3 for installation of the Spring Flower Show.
The Spring Flower Show begins Saturday, April 4.
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.
TruGreen is scheduled to begin the annual fall broadleaf weed control applications on Monday, October 7, 2019. Yard signs notifying patrons of the upcoming application will be posted in the parks prior to the scheduled application dates. The schedule is weather dependent and may need to be adjusted based on conditions.
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.
Pickleball 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 pickleball 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.
Playing pickleball in Elmhurst is about to get much easier. This summer, construction begins on six, dedicated pickleball 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 pickleball,” 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.