Park & Facilities Improvements

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.

Wagner Community Center roof restoration project approved

As the home to many Park District programs, including dance, preschool and gymnastics, it’s important that Wagner Community Center is maintained to ensure a safe recreation space for the community. An upcoming roof restoration project will contribute to keeping the building properly maintained. At the March 12, 2018 Park Board meeting, the Board approved restoring the existing roof system over the registration and staff offices, classrooms and Multipurpose Room A at the Wagner Community Center.

Berens Park Synthetic Turf Sports Field Renovation Project Approved

Installed in 2008, the two existing synthetic turf sports fields at Berens Park are popular sites for soccer, football and lacrosse. However, after ten years of use, replacement is 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.

Eighty Two Trees to Be Planted in Spring 2018

This spring, residents can look forward to new trees coming to Park District parks. As the Park District works to maintain and update existing parks, open space and amenities, it realizes that the shade, beauty and environmental benefits trees provide are an important part of a park visitor's experience. At the February 12, 2018 board meeting, the Park Board approved a bid of $22,702 to plant 82 trees throughout the parks.

Park Board Approves Paving Projects, Including Berens Park Parking Lot

Maintaining the parking lots and paths at District parks helps visitors access the parks safely and is an important task that aligns with the District’s goal of maintaining amenities.

At the February 12, 2018 board meeting, the Park Board approved a bid of $195,415 for a paving, seal coating and striping project for the west parking lot of Berens Park as well as the parking stalls along Oaklawn Avenue. The work will also entail repaving deteriorating paths at Conrad Fischer Park.

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.

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