Frequently Asked Questions

What is Vision 2020?

Vision 2020 is a collaborative community-wide effort to define Elmhurst’s priorities and help guide future Park District planning efforts. We’re using Park District resources to put your long-range vision into action. Research we conducted to help develop Vision 2020 confirmed that Elmhurst’s residents love their parks and want to ensure the facilities and opportunities they enjoy are preserved and improved for current and future generations.

How did the Park District gather community input?

We’ve gathered your suggestions, ideas and feedback through several points of community input and discussion since our Vision 2020 process began in Fall 2016, such as at open houses and through scientific and online surveys, focus groups and interviews. We also conducted a community needs assessment of current programs, facilities and amenities. We’re still listening and want to hear from you. Let us know what your vision for the future of Elmhurst’s programs, parks and open space looks like.

How were the six projects chosen?

Your Vision 2020 feedback illuminated several needs and priorities that are important to you. The Park District listened to residents and community stakeholders and used the key findings from that input to guide future planning efforts. The six potential projects outlined here are all high priorities for our community.

How will the Park District pay for these potential projects and their future maintenance and upkeep?

Based on the potential costs and the Park District’s available budget, additional funding will be necessary for the projects identified as community priorities. The Park District has determined what it might cost to provide the facilities and amenities the community wants and conducted a survey of registered voters in October 2019 to see the level of support for a referendum to fund these projects. The results of the survey illustrated that voters do not support a tax increase to cover the total cost proposed for all of the projects. Based on this input, the Park Board decided not to continue with a potential referendum in March 2020 and include the $57 million Indoor Sports Facility project in any potential future referendum.

In early 2020, the Park Board and staff continued to review and refine project plans and cost/funding options based on the District’s long-term financial picture, needs assessment data, Vision 2020 community and voter surveys results, and focus groups held in early March 2020. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Park Board refocused its funding strategy at its March 30, 2020 meeting by stopping planning for a potential referendum in November 2020 and pursuing the contingent based purchase of the 837 S. Riverside Drive property.

After this current situation stabilizes and the long-term financial impacts are known, the Park Board and staff will consider new financial strategies to address project priorities. The District will continue gathering community feedback to ensure that the community’s future parks and recreation needs are met in a fiscally responsible and sustainable manner. The Park Board will be transparent with the community on the next steps that it will take to move Vision 2020 priorities forward.

When will you start work on these projects (e.g., land acquisition, construction, increased maintenance, etc.)?

Additional funding is necessary for these projects. Therefore, the availability of additional resources and revenue will dictate if and when work could begin on the new dog park, new adult center, new indoor sports facility, new Wagner Community Center and Eldridge Recreation Building, acquisition of more open space, and improved maintenance.

I want to see these projects happen. Is there anything I can do to help?

Thank you for your support! Please help us keep the conversation going. Post what you like about projects that interest you on social media using the #Vision2020 hashtag. Continue to provide feedback and attend our public meetings and open houses. Share with us and with your friends what these potential park district projects mean to you. Follow the Elmhurst Park District on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and look for updates and information on our website at epd.org/Vision2020 and in our E-newsletter, A Walk in the Park. You can sign up for our E-newsletter here.

What are the six projects?

The six projects are building a new Indoor Sports Facility; constructing a new Adult Center on recently purchased land (at the intersection of St. Charles Road and Kenilworth Avenue); replacing the Wagner Community Center and Eldridge Park Recreation Building; developing a Dog Park (at 0S761 Old York Road); Acquiring Open Space in identified neighborhoods lacking parks; and Improving the Maintenance and Condition of all Parks.

What is the status of 837 S. Riverside Drive (the proposed indoor sports facility location)?

Results of a registered voter survey conducted November 2020 illustrated that voters do not support a tax increase to cover the total cost proposed for all of the projects. Based on this input, the Park Board decided not to consider a potential referendum in March 2020 and include the $57 million Indoor Sports Facility project in any potential future referendum. The purchase of the 837 S. Riverside Drive property, previously meant to be used as the location of an indoor sports facility, was contingent upon passage of a potential referendum in November 2020 and the Park Board was considering its long term potential for other uses.

However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Park Board refocused its Vision 2020 funding strategy at its March 30, 2020 meeting by stopping planning for a potential referendum in November 2020 and pursuing the contingent based purchase of the 837 S. Riverside Drive property. After this current situation stabilizes and the long-term financial impacts are known, the Park Board and staff will consider new financial strategies to address project priorities, including the need for indoor sports space. The District will continue gathering community feedback to ensure that the community’s future parks and recreation needs are met in a fiscally responsible and sustainable manner.