New Wagner Community Center

The Why

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Wagner Community Center current facility conditions

The Vision 2020 Needs Assessment revealed:

Wagner Community Center current facility conditions

  • C (fair) overall score on an independent facility assessment
  • Space constraints prohibiting expansion of programs and services within current square footage (32,000 sq. ft.)
  • Institutional exterior and interior needs updating and improvements
  • Significant aging to the 1950's original school structure
  • Gymnastics center addition completed in 2004 is still in good condition
  • Crowded control desk, lounge and staff areas
  • Deficient in program waiting area/viewing spaces
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“Wagner is really not remotely representative of the type of facility Elmhurst should have. And it is sad, I am forced to take my kids and my money to other towns as I cannot even get into the classes offered here.”

Small recreation buildings current conditions
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Small recreation building current conditions:

  • C+ to C (fair) overall score on an independent facility assessment
  • Space constraints prohibiting expansion of programs and services within current square footage (1,800 to 2,700 sq. ft.)
  • Significant aging to these facilities that are all +/- 50 years old
  • Facility exterior and interiors require updating and improvements
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New Wagner

Many facilities have limitations which hinder the types of programs they can house and the ability to provide the desired level of quality offerings.

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“I think expanding the Wagner Community Center would be a huge benefit to the Elmhurst residents.”

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Benefits and Opportunities

  • Move off-site programs from small satellite recreation buildings to new Wagner Community Center
  • Remove and replace decades-old recreation buildings with upgraded, more functional, and welcoming spaces
  • Expand programming options in new and renovated spaces to address the community's unmet and high-demand programming needs and interests
  • Enhance the safety and security of recreation facilities
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“As a working parent, it has always been difficult to work at the Wagner Center while children are in classes. There is little seating and very few areas to plug-in. The lobby is crowded, people are talking, little siblings are crying or playing.”

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Sunbeams and Rainbows Preschool

Programming

Wagner Community Center:

  • Athletics
  • Gymnastics
  • Cultural Arts
  • Day Camps
  • Youth Special Interest
  • Early Childhood 
  • Preschool

Eldridge Park Recreation Building:

  • Day camps
  • Youth science
  • Nature programs
  • Early childhood
  • Martial arts

 

Eldridge Park Nature Center
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Proposed Solution

To address current facility limitations, aging facilities and expand programming options to meet the community’s high-demand needs and interests, the District proposes removing and replacing decades-old recreation buildings with upgraded, more functional spaces and moving off-site programs from small satellite recreation buildings to the Wagner Community Center. To achieve these goals, the District will undertake the following improvements:

  • Construct a new Wagner Community Center ($19.5 million)

  • Build a new Eldridge Park Recreation building ($2.3 million)

  • Replace the Crestview Park and Wilder Park Recreation buildings with new park shelter/permanent restroom buildings ($560,000)

  • Move Sunbeams & Rainbows Preschool program from small recreation buildings to new Wagner Community Center (six new classrooms with separate entrance)

  • Butterfield Park Recreation building would remain and potentially be utilized by the Gateway Special Recreation Association for programs (near the Playground for Everyone)  

The total cost impact of these improvements is $21.8 million (costs for shelter/bathroom buildings will be funded utilizing existing capital dollars).

Wagner
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Space Concepts

New Wagner Community Center Concepts  |  615 N. West Avenue

  • Consolidate preschool programs at Wagner Community Center (six new classrooms with separate entrance)
  • Add full court sports gymnasium with viewing/seating area
  • New multipurpose rooms with recreational use flooring
  • New music classrooms and dance studios
  • Add gymnastics viewing area
  • Add private changing areas
  • More functional lobby/lounge/registration office/staff areas
  • 184 parking spaces at Wagner Community Center
  • Add permanent upgraded public bathrooms in several parks (Crestview, Eldridge, Wilder Parks)
  • Construct 54,572 square feet, storm water basin,  site improvements, demo 25,412 square feet 

Images Courtesy of Dewberry

New Wagner
New Wagner
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New Eldridge Recreation Building Concepts  |  363 Commonwealth Lane

  • Construct 4,625 square foot replacement building, demo existing 2,600 sq. ft. building, site improvements
  • New multipurpose rooms with recreational use flooring and upgrade existing programming spaces
  • Lobby and  control desk
  • Park restrooms
  • 40+ parking spaces at Eldridge Park Recreation Building

Images Courtesy of Dewberry

 

New Eldridge Recreation Building 1
New Eldridge Recreation Building 2
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Other Recreation Buildings

  • Demolish existing Wilder Park and Crestview Park Recreation buildings and install new park shelter and restroom building ($290,000 at Crestview Park and $270,000 at Wilder Park).
  • Minor updates to Butterfield Park Recreation building for potential use by Gateway Special Recreation Association for programming (same location as Playground for Everyone)

Images Courtesy of Dewberry

 

Crestview Park Proposed
Wilder Park Proposed