Capital Projects & Improvements
The Glen Ellyn District continues to work to improve your parks and facilities. Listed below are projects that are currently in planning or construction phases, in addition to recently completed projects. For 2017 projects, those are still subject to bid results. If you’d like to know more about any of these projects, please contact the Superintendent of Parks and Planning at (630) 942-7265.
Projects Currently in Planning or Construction
Lake Ellyn Park Improvements Phase III
The Glen Ellyn Park District Board of Commissioners approved construction bids at the February 21st Park Board meeting for elements related to implementing phase III of the Lake Ellyn Park Master Plan. The latest project includes replacement of the 1991 playground; park amenities such as energy efficient L.E.D. pathway lights, park benches, bike rack, picnic tables, trash and recycling receptacles; a fishing pier in the northwest corner; vegetative restorers (small islands near the inlets which will filter and cleanse incoming storm water); interpretative signage; realigned paths in southern portion to expand green space closer to the lake and landscape.
This follows Phase II, which was completed in 2016, and involved the historic restoration of the Boathouse and improvements to the central corridor of the park. Replacement of the playground, path reconfiguration, the addition of a fishing pier and other park improvements were to be included at that time but were deferred as a significant source of funding ($400,000 OSLAD matching grant) was suspended by Governor Rauner upon taking office. Phase II, minus the OSLAD elements, was completed on time and under budget in July, 2016. The project has since received national historic recognition, local landmark designation and Gold LEED certification. Phase III construction will begin in spring, 2017, and will be completed in mid-June. The majority of the park will remain open with the exception of the playground. Once the specific dates for closure are established, notification will be posted at the site and on the District’s website.
New Playground at Lake Ellyn Park
As part of the playground replacement program, the playground at Lake Ellyn Park will be replaced in early spring, 2017. In 2018, the Main Street Recreation Center playground is scheduled for replacement. The District has 21 playgrounds and it is the long-term goal to replace one playground per year as the useful life of a playground is 15 – 20 years.
Newton Park Parking Plan
The Park District has been working in collaboration with nearby residents, Golden Eagles, and Bulldogs lacrosse on implementing a parking plan for Newton Park. The goal of the plan is to direct patrons of Newton Park to park in the lots within the property and away from the residential streets.
Improvements will be implemented within the park to assist ingress/egress as well as connectivity. This includes the construction of a vehicular turnaround at the south end of the west parking lot. Additionally, a walking path will be added between the east lot and the central area of the park, near the restrooms and concession facility. The District recognizes that the lots are in need of repair and they were included in the capital improvement plan within the next five years. The turnaround and walking path are tentatively planned to be constructed in the summer, 2017. The parking plan will be implemented this April after spring break.
Newton Park Athletic Field Light Project
The Glen Ellyn Park District is considering the installation of directional athletic lights at the upper athletic field within Newton Park. Read more.
Prairie Path Park Improvements
The Glen Ellyn Rotary Club has provided a $10,000 grant which will contribute to improvements to the park. The Park District, the Glen Ellyn Library, and the Village of Glen Ellyn are collaborating with the Rotary Club to install a storybook walk, an outdoor ping pong table and a chess table. Additionally, landscape improvements will be done. Thank you to the Glen Ellyn Rotary Club for their financial and in-kind donation!
Platform Tennis Facility Court Additions
Two additional courts will be added with the tentative completion date October, 2017. The Glen Ellyn Platform Tennis Club is contributing nearly half ($75,000) of the total cost with the remainder being offset with operating revenue from the two additional courts within six years. This will allow the facility to serve the increasing growth of women, youth, house league, open play and travel.
Installation of Energy-Efficient Filters at Sunset Pool
Energy-Efficient Regenerative Filters for the zero-depth pool will be installed this spring. The new filtration system will replace the traditional and original filter system, resulting in reduction of water and energy consumption while also improving clarity. The lap pool system was changed similarly two years ago. Both pools are to be painted either in the spring prior to the 2017 swimming season or in the fall.
Village Green Tennis Courts Improvements
The tennis courts are in disrepair and improvements will be made this summer. The courts will also be lined for pickleball.
New Carpet for Holes & Knolls Miniature Golf Course
The carpet for both golf courses (36 holes) will be replaced in late spring. The carpet has a limited life expectancy and the surface is past its useful condition. One course will be closed at a time allowing for play on the other course. Both courses should be available no later than late spring (weather dependent).
Spring Avenue Recreation Center Parking Lot & Dog Park Improvements
The parking lot will be improved late spring/summer. Work will included resurfacing of lot, sidewalk/curb repairs, and providing a paved entrance to the Spring Avenue Dog Park. Repairs will also be made to the Dog Park entrance/exit gates and new agility dog equipment will be added.
Ackerman Parking Lot Improvement Near Sports Center (Remains On-Hold)
The Glen Ellyn Park District was successful in receiving an Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant (I.G.I.G.) through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in the amount of $439,290. With this support, the Park District was to retrofit the Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center’s 44,000 square foot, 145-car asphalt lot with interlocking permeable pavers and small areas of bioinfiltration to reduce runoff volumes and improve stormwater quality. However the grant has been withheld as a result of the budget issues for the State of Illinois. While acknowledging that the lot is in disrepair, the District is still optimistic that it will eventually receive the funding. In the meantime, temporary repairs ($20,000) were made spring, 2016. For more information, please click here .
Ackerman Park Athletic Lighting Lower Fields
The athletic lighting for the lower Ackerman athletic practice fields was updated to accommodate reconfigured field layouts while modernizing antiquated fixtures which are well pass their useful life. The improvements will result in reduced maintenance costs; provide flexible field configurations and usage while improving park safety and security. The project was completed in February 2017.
Lake Ellyn Park Improvement
Significant improvements to Lake Ellyn Park began in September, 2015. The $2.9 million capital improvement project concentrated on the restoration of the Lake Ellyn Boathouse, including replacement of the roof and deck, realignment and remodel of the restrooms, creation of front entry way and hallway, replacement of HVAC system, complete infrastructure overhaul and flood control wall. The project also included landscape enhancements and a standalone restroom near the playground. Click here to see more information.