Planning & Budget

2018 Green Team update emphasizes commitment to implementing green practices

The Elmhurst Park District is committed to developing, implementing, and using sound environmental practices.  In 2014, the District restructured its environmental committee (originally created in 2008) to an agency-wide work group.  The Green Team Work Group includes staff who have regular job responsibilities that will provide the maximum opportunity to implement green practices.  The Work Group investigates, reviews, recommends,

Dog Park Design Open House

You've shared your feedback and told us what you'd want in a dog park, now it's time to see design concepts! Stop by the open house on Thursday, July 26 from 5-8 p.m. at The Abbey to view the concepts and vote for your favorite! Visit our Vision 2020 webpage for more information on our comprehensive and strategic plan or contact Director of Facilities Angela Ferrentino at aferrentino@epd.org or (630) 993-8915 for more information.

District meets 2017 budget expectations

The Board accepted and approved the Elmhurst Park District Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the year ending December 31, 2017 at its June 11, 2018 board meeting. The report was presented to the Board by the District's independent auditing firm, Lauterbach & Amen.

The financial statements report that the District continues to maintain a sound financial condition, reporting total net assets of $45.1 million. This is an increase of $1,655,520 from the prior year.

For Tenth Consecutive Year, Elmhurst Park District Earns Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Elmhurst Park District has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).  The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and this is the tenth consecutive year the Park District has been recognized. 

Elmhurst Park District Earns Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

For the eleventh year in a row, the Elmhurst Park District has earned the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.  In order to receive the award, the Park District had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation that assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communications device.

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.

Board of Park Commissioners Approves Vision 2020 Plan

From fall 2016 to early summer 2017, the Elmhurst Park District undertook the Vision 2020 process to update its current Comprehensive and Strategic Plans, which conclude at the end of 2017. Led by The Lakota Group, the planning team for the Vision 2020 process completed the Vision 2020 Plan key findings and draft final document based on the outcomes of the engage, analyze, envision, and implement phases of the process.

Park Board Approves Plunkett Park Playground Redevelopment Project

Plans for the redevelopment of Plunkett Park playground moved forward at the Monday, March 13 Park Board meeting, with the Board approving both the Plunkett Park Playground Redevelopment Project and the Plunkett Park Playground Safety Surfacing Project. Plunkett Park playground is next on the District’s replacement schedule and the project will ensure that the playground continues to comply with current safety standards and ADA accessibility requirements.

Park Board Approves Berens Park North Tennis Courts Resurfacing

The Berens Park North Tennis Courts will be getting a facelift this spring. At the Monday, February 27 Park Board Meeting, the Board approved a resurfacing project for the tennis courts, at a cost of $121,946.17.

The scope of the project includes 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 will also be replaced at a cost of $3,240. Work on the project is expected to begin in late May. The Berens Park South Tennis Courts will remain open and playable during construction.

Community Survey Results Will Help Shape the Future of the Park District

As part of its Vision 2020 comprehensive and strategic planning process, a community survey was administered last fall by the Elmhurst Park District to obtain feedback and help plan for future park and recreational opportunities. A total of 328 Elmhurst residents completed the survey, which provides a statistically significant overview for the community as a whole. In addition to the statistically-valid survey, the survey was available for the general public on the Vision 2020 project website.

District Receives State Funding for Butterfield Park Redevelopment Project

In January of 2015, the Elmhurst Park District received news that it had been awarded a $400,000 Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to be used for improvements within Butterfield Park. However, all grant funding was frozen by the State of Illinois prior to the District receiving any of the funding. Now, with the release of these funds, the District has received $200,000 and will receive an additional $200,000 in reimbursement in the coming months.

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

 

2020 Vision – Focus on the Future

The Board of Park Commissioners has approved engaging The Lakota Group to conduct a community needs assessment to be completed in fall of 2016 and the development of a comprehensive and strategic plan with completion by late May 2017.  Using a qualifications based selection process, the Board interviewed two professional service firms with experience conducting surveys and facilitating Comprehensive and Strategic Plan processes.

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. 
 

Flooring Matters

In the third phase of flooring replacement at Courts Plus, the Park Board approved a total project cost of $52,779 to replace flooring in the upper and lower level hallways and offices and to install vinyl VLVT flooring in the upper level tennis viewing area, racquetball, offices, hallway and conference rooms. 

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.

Final Elmhurst Park District 2015 Budget

The Elmhurst Park District Board of Park Commissioners approved the 2015 Budget document and 2015 Budget & Appropriation Ordinance at its December 10, 2014 meeting.  At the November 5, 2014 Park Board meeting, staff presented an overview of the 2015 Proposed Budget.  At the November 19, 2014 Board meeting, the Board continued to discuss and held a public hearing on the 2015 Proposed Budget.  Click here to view the final 2015 Budget and 2

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