Those looking for ways to contribute to the conservation of Elmhurst or the preservation of its history need look no further than the Elmhurst Great Western Prairie, a gem of local environmental history in the middle of Elmhurst.
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 Elmhurst Park Board has approved the purchase of the property at 207 N. Hampshire Avenue, located northeast of East End Park. 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 $415,000 for the property was approved at the Monday, January 17, 2017 Park Board meeting.
The Elmhurst Park District Board of Park Commissioners cut the ribbon and officially welcomed the public to the newly redesigned Ben Allison sled hill on Saturday, January 28.
Park Board President Vince Spaeth and Executive Director Jim Rogers explained that plans for the renovation of the sled hill were approved by the Park Board in February 2016 in an effort to provide ADA accessibility and a safer sled path that is not angled toward the street.
Significant turf damage was caused last week at Wild Meadows Trace between York and Poplar by contractors performing necessary removals of ash trees to address the infestation of Emerald Ash Borer. The contractor has been in contact with the District and will make all repairs once conditions allow this coming spring.