The Playground For Everyone
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.
Construction is progressing for the Butterfield Park Playground for Everyone. The concrete pads were poured that go under the rubber tile safety surfacing. Most of the wall has been built, and the crew has started to form the concrete seating area. Click here to learn more about the Butterfield Park Redevelopment Project.
Work continues at Butterfield Park. Demolition is underway with most of the paths removed. All of the fencing has been removed from ballfields 2,3 and 4 as well as the asphalt around the fields. The surfacing of the tennis courts has been removed, as well as the fencing. The excavation for the drainage and sewer improvements is scheduled to begin next week, but is weather dependent. The playground is moving along quickly with most of the 5-12 structure assembled and standing.
Fischer School Student Council and Girl Scout members presented a check for $383.26 to the People for Elmhurst Parks Foundation during the Wednesday, April 27 Park Board Meeting.
After months of fundraising with the help of the People for Elmhurst Parks Foundation, significant contributions from numerous community groups, crowdfunding, and individual donations, The Playground for Everyone will be a reality at Butterfield Park this year.
Visitors to Wagner Community Center this past Saturday were able to satisfy a sweet tooth and help a good cause. A Fischer School Student Council and Girl Scout bake sale took place in the lobby, with proceeds going to the Playground for Everyone at Butterfield Park, a universally accessible playground being built by the Elmhurst Park District in fall 2016. Park District officials stopped by and thanked the group for their donation and hard work.
On February 20, 2016 the People for Elmhurst Parks Foundation held a “Be a Kid Again” FUNdraiser to raise money for the soon-to-be-built Playground for Everyone at Butterfield Park, scheduled to be constructed this summer. The event was held on the indoor tennis courts at Courts Plus which were transformed for the evening to an indoor park and playground for grown-ups.
When the Playground for Everyone at Butterfield Park opens in mid-2016, the playground won’t be the only eye-catching element on display. Thanks to Elmhurst College art students and their Instructor, Dustan Creech, the park will be the proud home of sculptural bike racks designed and built by students in the ART 235 Sculpture Studio course offered on campus. Creech has had the idea of incorporating public art projects into his course since 2009. Students would “design, propose and ultimately build” bike racks as part of his ART 235 Sculpture Studio Course.
Imagine a playground where every child can participate in all elements of the design. A place where children of all abilities can play, socialize, and dream together; fostering acceptance, friendship, and understanding through play. For many children with disabilities this may represent the only place in their lives where they can swing, slide, climb, spin and play side-by-side with their friends and peers without having to abandon their usual means of mobility.