Park & Facilities Improvements
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Asphalt pavement is being placed today at the Berens North tennis courts and both the binder and surface courses should be finished by the end of the week! Concrete work will follow over the next few weeks. As of right now, the project is on schedule for a July 28th completion.
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.
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.
More than 250 people came to Butterfield Park on Saturday, November 5 for the grand reopening of the park and ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of The Playground for Everyone.
The City of Elmhurst began its stormwater detention project in York Commons last week with the removal of trees in the proposed detention basin. During this time, the skate park is closed for use but the playground and soccer fields remain open. The Elmhurst Park District anticipates the skate park to reopen in February 2017.
At their May 25, 2016 meeting, the Park Board approved a bid of $63,800 from Professional Paving and Concrete Co., Inc. of Glen Ellyn, Illinois to redesign the front entrance stairway at the Park District Administrative Office in order to increase accessibility and safety, and to repair the sidewalks and driveway entrances on First Street. This improvement project will also include paving the visitor parking spots directly across from the front entrance along the train tracks.
In response to requests from Butterfield Park neighbors, the Park Board of Commissioners has scheduled a special board meeting for Monday, November 2. The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Wilder Mansion, 211 Prospect Avenue and will include the Park District providing an overview of the Butterfield Park master plan and planning process along with an opportunity for questions and answers from those in attendance. As a majority of the Park Board will be attending, the meeting will be conducted and posted in accordance with the requirements of the Open Meetings Act.
The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art has been considering relocating the existing museum. Please check this site for updates and infromation as it becomes available.
In May of 1961 the Elmhurst Park District entered into an agreement with the Joseph Lizzadro Family Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation, to provide land for the construction and operation of the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art (Museum). The Elmhurst Park Board felt that the addition of the museum in Wilder Park would be advantageous to the Park District and the citizens of Elmhurst.
After a long winter, staff is excited to finish the last leg of the Wilder Park Conservatory Project - the landscaping. One of the basic principles of landscape architecture is for the landscape to accentuate the building like a picture frame and not draw attention away from the masterpiece. This specific landscape principle will be applied to the surroundings of the historic Wilder Park Conservatory, resulting in Simplicity with Grace. The landscaping is expected to hit completion by Friday, April 18.