Park & Facilities Improvements

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.

Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration Project - What Polar Vortex?

Spring has arrived early at the Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse.  Inside it is a comfortable 80 degrees and the springlike scent of soil and plants lingers.  It's hard to believe that just on the other side of the glass is the frigid winds and arctic temperatures of another polar vortex.  The contractors continue to wrap up their work; completing paint touch-ups, hanging exterior lights, and installing the Conservatory windows and vestibule.  The unfrozen portions of the perimeter construction fence have been removed, giving patrons a better look at the restore

Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration Project - Going Green

The Propagating House is going green, as plants have been moved back into the facility from their temporary homes throughout the District.  Meanwhile, carpenters are installing the wood windows and doors in the Conservatory.   They are also framing the new Conservatory vestibule.  The use of wood in the Conservatory is part of the restoration process, returning the structure to its original form.  The installation of the new fence surrounding the Propagating House has been completed and provides a secure area for the storage of materials.  Behind the scenes Par

Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration Project - Wrapping Up Construction

As the project winds down the scope of the work on the Wilder Park Conservatory and Greenhouse Restoration Project has shifted from large-scale items to detail work.  Electricians are programming the building’s automation systems for heating and ventilation.  Carpenters are framing the Conservatory’s vestibule and will hang the perimeter windows in the coming weeks.  The hardware for the new ADA-accessible exterior doors has been installed and includes automatic openers.   The old fence surrounding the Propagating House has been removed and new posts were set with n

Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration Project - Rounding Third and Heading Home

Construction crews are in the final stages of the Wilder Park Conservatory and Greenhouse Restoration Project.  The most noticeable progress is that nearly all the glass panels are up in the Conservatory, Greenhouse, and Propagating House.  The remaining sections of glass are custom jobs.  The glass panels on the east and west walls of the Link all must be hand-cut due to their shape, while the perimeter wood-framed windows for the Conservatory are being custom-made in order to maintain the historical character required by the restoration guidelines.  Meanwhile the perim

Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration Project - Sidewalks & Scaffolding

A new sidewalk has been installed along the north end of the Conservatory that connects to the link. The link is a new structure that connects the Conservatory and Greenhouse. It provides two new entryways to the Conservatory on the north and south sides. Additionally, scaffolding was erected throughout the interior of the Conservatory. The scaffolding eliminates the need for scissor lifts and extension ladders and provides the tradesmen better access to the structure.