Plans are coming together for the redevelopment of Eldridge Park’s east playground, which Elmhurst Park District intends to replace in 2020. The Park Board approved playground concepts at the Monday, January 13 Park Board meeting.In order to gather feedback and engage the community in the playground’s concept, the Park District performed in-person surveys at Eldridge Park during the spring and summer of 2019 and held a Party in the Park Input Meeting last August to see what changes the community was interested in seeing at the park.An online survey was also made available on the Park District’s website and Facebook, which asked the public to comment on initial playground concepts.The approved concept includes many features which the community requested, including more climbing equipment, more swings, additional seating and more shade structures. The sand play area and the wood chips currently at the playground will be removed and a unitary surface will be installed.A highlight of the park for kids will likely be the long slidewinder slide, which will span the hill separating the toddler area from the main playground. In addition to the playground replacement, an ADA parking stall, curb ramp and various pathways will be reconstructed to be in compliance with Americans with Disability Act (ADA).Eldridge Park's east playground was last renovated in 2000. The project will help fulfill the Park District’s Vision 2020 goal of improving the condition and maintenance of parks and amenities.Construction is expected to begin in July 2020 and finish in October 2020.
Click here to see a flyover of the playground concept! Password for viewing is shapedbyplay.