Park & Facilities Improvements

Park Board Welcomes Community to New Playground

On Saturday, November 4, members of the Elmhurst Park District Board of Park Commissioners gathered to officially welcome the community to the new Plunkett Park playground. Unfortunately, due to storms, the grand reopening was moved inside to Courts Plus where the Board along with Executive Director Jim Rogers cut the ribbon with view of the new playground behind them.

Breathe Easy, Elmhurst!

The Elmhurst Park District will institute a District-wide tobacco ban on November 16, 2017 in conjunction with the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smoke-Out, an event that encourages people to quit smoking.

Green Space Growing in Elmhurst’s Parks

Visitors to Berens Park and East End Park will soon have more room to run, play and picnic. Green space will be added to both parks this fall as part of the Park District’s goal to improve and maintain open space for Elmhurst residents.

Two single family properties recently acquired by the Park District, 447 W. Armitage Avenue (located adjacent to Berens Park) and 207 N. Hampshire Avenue (located northeast of East End Park), will be demolished and restored to open space during the week of October 10, 2017.

Park District to Hold “State of the Park District” Address

The Elmhurst Park District invites you to attend the 2nd annual “State of the Park District” address on Monday, October 2 at 7 p.m. at the Wagner Community Center, 615 West Avenue.

This presentation aims to provide a current look at District projects, accomplishments and future plans, while also serving as an introduction and overview of how the Park Board and District staff work together to serve the entire Elmhurst community. This year’s address will highlight the recently completed Vision 2020 Comprehensive and Strategic planning process.

Plunkett Park Playground Work Continues with Equipment Installation

Work on the redevelopment of Plunket Park playground is moving swiftly. Most of the concrete has been poured, which will allow for the installation of new picnic tables, and equipment installation has begun. The 2-5 years olds structure is going up as well as the swing structure. Nature inspired elements, including a log replica tunnel, are being installed as well. The project is still on track to be completed by October 2017.

Depot Paver Project Improves Accessibility While Maintaining Character

If you've strolled the Illinois Prairie Path in Elmhurst recently, you may have noticed a construction project underway at The Depot. This fall, the old pavers, which were uneven and beginning to chip, are being replaced with new ones, which will provide a continuous, smooth surface and improve ADA accessibility. 

Redevelopment Work at Plunkett Park Playground Begins

With school back in session, the Park District is beginning work on the redevelopment of Plunkett Park playground, which will receive new structures and play surfacing this fall. On August 16, 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 Butterfield Park. 

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