The stormwater detention project at Golden Meadows is moving forward. The appraisal of $1,130,000 was approved by the Elmhurst City Council at their January 17, 2017 meeting. The appraisal was then sent by the Park District to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and is now awaiting their approval. Since the property was purchased with IDNR Grant funds, IDNR must approve the appraisal and sale of the property to the City of Elmhurst. IDNR prohibits stormwater detention as a use for park land purchased with IDNR funds, thus requiring the sale of the property to the City of Elmhurst. The Park Board is committed to helping the residents of Elmhurst by working with the City on the transfer of property. Once the sale is finalized, the Park Board of Commissioners will pursue finding replacement property for the approximately 3 acres being sold to the City. A copy of the appraisal can be found here.
The Park District’s Community Garden Plots currently located on the property will be moved to Marjorie Davis Park this spring in anticipation of IDNR approval. Construction of these new plots is scheduled to begin April 3, 2017. Additional Garden Plots will also become available in 2018 at Wild Meadows Trace, ensuring that this popular program continues to grow and serve the Elmhurst community.