Park & Facilities Improvements

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.

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. 

Community offers feedback to District about property purchases - Related environmental studies now available for review

The Elmhurst Park District held a public meeting on Thursday, July 27 to welcome feedback from the community on the conversion of property related to Golden Meadows Park. Recently, Park District commissioners approved the purchase of the former trailer park property at 0S761 Old York Road that would replace the portion of Golden Meadows Park deeded to the City back in April to assist in the City’s stormwater management efforts. A smaller portion of land at 207 N. Hampshire Ave. would also be part of the conversion process.

Berens Park North Tennis Courts Reopen for Play

The north tennis courts at Berens Park are once again open. The refurbishment of the courts was completed this week, as new nets and posts were installed. 

The Board approved the resurfacing project for the tennis courts, at their February 27 Park Board Meeting at a cost of $121,946.17. The scope of the project included adding a layer of stone on top of the existing surface and overlaying with new asphalt and color coating. The tennis net posts and nets were replaced at a cost of $3,240.

Park Board Approves Paver Replacement at The Depot

The Depot

With the goal of increasing accessibility to The Depot, a historic building situated in Wild Meadows Trace, the Park Board approved the replacement of The Depot’s pavers at the Monday, February 27, 2017 meeting, at a cost of $22,320. The new pavers will provide a continuous, smooth surface and improve ADA accessibility. The existing bricks have ¾” gaps or wider, are uneven and are beginning to chip.
 

Park Board Welcomes Community to New Ben Allison Sled Hill

The Elmhurst Park District Board of Park Commissioners cut the ribbon and officially welcomed the public to the newly redesigned Ben Allison sled hill on Saturday, January 28.

Park Board President Vince Spaeth and Executive Director Jim Rogers explained that plans for the renovation of the sled hill were approved by the Park Board in February 2016 in an effort to provide ADA accessibility and a safer sled path that is not angled toward the street.

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