Park & Facilities Improvements

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.

Indoor Sports Facility Study Draft Report Presented to Park Board and City of Elmhurst

 

Park Board Approves Acquiring New Property

The Elmhurst Park Board has approved the purchase of the property at 135 Palmer Drive, adjacent to Glos Memorial Park, near downtown Elmhurst.   The District’s strategic objectives include acquiring property to increase open space in the community, and property adjacent to existing park property is identified as particularly desirable in the District’s strategic plan.   The purchase price of $1.75 Million for the Palmer Drive property was approved with Resolution NO. R-03-16 at the Monday, September 12, 2016 Park Board meeting. 
 

Recycle Your Tennis Balls at Elmhurst Parks

Tennis players, the Park District is making it easier for you to dispose of your dead and dull tennis balls. Instead of throwing them in the garbage bin, recycle your used tennis balls with us! Tennis ball recycling is now available at every outdoor tennis court in the Park District. Cylindrical, green bins are located near the main entryways to the courts and have a tennis ball shaped hole at the top to discourage trash or other recycling items to be inserted in them.
 

Park Board Breaks Ground on Butterfield Park & The Playground for Everyone

On Saturday, June 18, the Elmhurst Park District broke ground on the Butterfield Park redevelopment project and the Playground for Everyone. Plans to redevelop Butterfield Park have been part of the District’s long-range plans, and included input from neighboring residents at multiple public meetings.
 

Park District Administrative Office to Receive Exterior Improvements

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.

Special Park Board Meeting, Butterfield Park Redevelopment

November 02, 2015 - 7:00pm

 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.

Lizzadro Museum - History of Wilder Park Location

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.

Simplicity with Grace: The Wilder Park Conservatory Restoration Story

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.

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