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Capital Projects & Improvements

The Glen Ellyn District continues to work to improve your parks and facilities. If you’d like to know more about any of these projects, please email Nathan Troia at

Playground Replacement Plan

The District’s Playground Replacement Plan ensures that Glen Ellyn averages one new playground each year. Each of the District’s 21 playgrounds has an average useful life of 20 years. The plan includes playgrounds in the proposed priority order. However, the order is subject to change based on available grant opportunities, budgets, and other factors.

Projects Currently in Planning or Construction

Expand each section to learn more about projects currently in planning or construction. Or, you can view information on completed projects here.

  • Newton Park Improvements (2020)

    The Glen Ellyn Park District was awarded a $400,000 Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in January 2020. The OSLAD grant will fund a significant portion of planned improvements at Newton Park including a renovated playground with an inclusive emphasis, enhanced park amenities including a seating area and receptacles, small sensory garden, accessible path to spectator area of baseball/softball field and turf field, skate park improvements, and enhanced connectivity. Please check back for more details on this project including the construction timeline.

  • Ackerman Park Improvement Project - Phase IV (2019)

    Click here to learn more about the Ackerman Park Improvement Project, including the project overview and frequently asked questions. For more information, please contact Nathan Troia, Parks Project Manager, at


  • Sunset Park Tennis Court Resurfacing (2019)

    The tennis courts at Sunset Park were resurfaced in 2019. Painting of the courts is scheduled to be completed in spring 2020.

  • Walnut Glen Park Improvements (2019)

    Walnut Glen Park received a new playground! Work began to enhance the park and playground equipment in early October 2019. Following discussion and engagement with nearby residents, the playground is nature-based with equipment geared toward grade school children (ages 6-12) and some components for preschool children (ages 2-5).

  • 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.