Park Board hears Vision 2020 project updates

August 22, 2019

At the August 12 meeting of the Elmhurst Park District Board of Commissioners, staff presented project plan updates related to Vision 2020, the District’s strategic and comprehensive master plan, which is a road map into the future as the District prepares to celebrate 100 years in 2020.

Six Vision 2020 priorities emerged as a direct result of community feedback, and presentations starting on Monday, July 22 combined with a facility tour on Monday, August 5 kicked off a series of updates to the Board, which detail the community feedback, concept and financial plans, timelines, and next steps for making these large-scale projects a reality.

At the August 12 meeting, the Board reviewed concept, cost impact, and financial plan presentations on three of the six projects, including the indoor sports facility, the dog park, and the expansion or replacement of Wagner Community Center.

“The Elmhurst Park District is approaching its 100th anniversary next year, and the presentations on August 12 marked the culmination of nearly three years of asking the community what it wants the park district to be in its second century,” said Executive Director Jim Rogers, “What we've heard, and continue to hear, is that the community wants more, it wants newer, bigger and better, and we’re excited about trying to provide that.”

The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, August 26 at 5:00 p.m. at the Park District’s Administrative Office, 375 W. First St. At that meeting, the Board will review concepts, cost impacts and financial plans for a new adult center, improving the maintenance of parks and park amenities, and acquiring more open space along with how all six Vision 2020 projects, which are beyond the District’s current funding ability, could be funded.

To provide feedback on the six projects, please visit our Tell Us More page.

View presentation slides from the August 12 meeting: