As always, the health, safety, and well-being of the community is our priority, and the District continues to provide access to parks and facilities according to the State of Illinois Restore Illinois Plan and the Governor’s Stay at Home Orders. Throughout the quarantine, District parks and trails remained open so that people could enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. During Phase 3 of the Plan, the District was able to reopen tennis courts and offer outdoor fitness classes at Courts Plus and Day Camp 2020.
As our region moves to Phase 4: Revitalization on Friday, June 26 under the Restore Illinois Plan, we are excited to announce a number of other openings throughout the District.
Friday, June 26
- Sand volleyball, roller hockey, and futsal courts will reopen.
- Basketball courts will begin to reopen on Friday, and staff anticipates that all hoops will be back up by Friday, July 3.
- Wilder Park Conservatory will reopen with restrictions such as one group in at a time.
- The Park District Administrative Office at 375 W. First St. will reopen.
Saturday, July 4
- The batting cages and miniature golf will reopen at The Hub along with limited concession items. To celebrate the reopening, both will be free on July 4th!
Other Phase 4 Updates
- Courts Plus staff is putting together a reopening plan and will be communicating more details with members in the coming days. The tentative reopening date is targeted for early July as staff can now prepare the facility for the modifications required for social distancing and occupancy limits, in addition to recalling staff from furlough and conducting in-depth training regarding the stringent cleaning and disinfection guidelines put in place for Phase 4. Information will soon be posted to the website at courtsplus.com, on the Courts Plus Facebook page and via Constant Contact directly to members. We appreciate your patience as we navigate the new restrictions and prepare for a safe reopening.
- Wilder Mansion will reopen with strict guidelines. Additional details will be released soon.
- Movie in the Park will be held on Friday, July 10 in Wilder Park with a showing of The Secret Life of Pets 2 in partnership with the Elmhurst Public Library. Due to capacity limits, reservations will be required. More details will be posted at epd.org and on the District’s Facebook page in the coming days.
- Picnic shelters will open and permit requests will be accepted for rentals up to 50 people. Groups above that size will not be considered based on Phase 4 guidelines.
Other items to note
- Playgrounds and water fountains will remain closed per the Governor’s Executive Order, however, staff will continue to await guidance on when they will reopen and communicate that to residents.
- Staff is awaiting guidance on the sprayground at The Hub and is hopeful to reopen later in Phase 4.
The Park District continues to review guidelines to determine the best way to safely serve the community while fulfilling our mission of Enriching lives while having fun! We look forward to seeing you once again at the courts, fields, playgrounds and programs.
The Elmhurst Park District looks forward to continuing to reopen and fulfill its mission of Enriching lives while having fun!
In accordance with the State of Illinois’ Restore Illinois Plan, staff continues to plan for the return of programming and reopening of facilities as detailed in Phase 3-Recovery, which is set to begin Friday, May 29. We continue to monitor the progress as we move through these phases, and we are prepared to adjust our plan as we get closer to Phase 4-Revitalization.
Below are the details for specific areas of interest:
- Summer Day Camp: Staff is creating a revised version of our traditional day camps as many families rely on camp for childcare. Day Camp 2020 will be held starting Monday, June 22 at Wagner Community Center and the Eldridge Recreation building and will follow the guidelines set by Phase 3. This camp is similar to Funseekers but will not include the field trips and swimming at East End or Smalley Pools. Safety, as always, is top of mind. The restructured day camp will incorporate smaller group sizes, separate locations allowing for little to no crossover between camp groups, increased sanitation practices, face coverings when necessary, and social distancing restrictions in accordance with Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines. Due to the need to keep camp groups separate and provide indoor shelter for each group, there will be a limited number of spaces available for registration. Priority registration will go to those people who had already registered for Funseekers or Courts Plus camp. More information will be released in the coming week.
- Courts Plus: Courts Plus staff is currently working on a Phase 3 reopening of the fitness floor and outdoor fitness classes with limited capacity and advanced reservations. A reopening date will be announced shortly and more specific information will be provided to Courts Plus members as soon as possible. Potential summer camp opportunities at Courts Plus are being considered for Phase 4. All other areas are being evaluated for opening in Phase 4 and 5.
- Sugar Creek Golf Course: Sugar Creek is open for prepaid tee times only (online & phone). Foursomes are allowed in Phase 3 with 10-minute tee time intervals. One person per cart, or two per household, is now allowed as well. The driving range will also open with limited capacity while the clubhouse will remain closed.
- Athletic fields and courts: Outdoor tennis courts, pickle ball courts, athletic fields and the skate park will be open beginning Friday.
- Outdoor restrooms and picnic pavilions: Outdoor restrooms will open for the season on June 5. No picnic rentals will be taken for June.
- Garden Plots: Plots will open Monday, June 1. Three plots remain. For more information, visit our Garden Plots page.
- Parks and playgrounds: Parks have remained open for walking, jogging, and biking during the stay-at-home order as long as social distancing guidelines are followed. However, playgrounds were closed and will remain closed until Phase 4, according to the Restore Illinois Plan.
- Summer Programs: Staff is targeting Phase 4 for additional programming, such as dance, gymnastics, and sports. Details will be forthcoming.
- Outdoor pools: The District is continuing with the suspension of operations for East End and Smalley pools. Public pool operations are not included as part of Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan and, as of this date, there has been no direction or guidelines from IDPH concerning the safe operation of outdoor public pools this summer. Season passes have been extended through September 2021. Learn more about the pool closings.
- The Hub: Staff hopes to be able to reopen The Hub toward the end of Phase 3 or early Phase 4. More details to come.
- Wagner Community Center: Wagner will reopen as programming resumes. Registration services remain available via email and phone.
- The Abbey: The Abbey Senior Center will remain closed during Phase 3.
- Wilder Mansion: Wilder Mansion will remain closed during Phase 3.
- Administrative Office: The Administrative Office will reopen in Phase 4, however, staff is still available via phone or email.
- Fall brochure: The fall brochure will be made available online only in mid-July.
Anticipated Phase 4 openings will include playgrounds, sand volleyball, futsal, basketball and roller hockey courts, water fountains, the Wilder Park Conservatory, and the bicentennial and Wilder Mansion fountains.
Any open facilities will remain open as long as participants adhere to the District’s guidelines for use of those facilities based on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) guidelines.
Our team is prepared to adjust and make appropriate changes as we get closer to Phase 4-Revitalization. We will continue to keep you as informed as possible. For the latest information, please visit www.epd.org. We appreciate your patience and hope to see you soon!
Due to the recent facility closures we want to inform you of our current plans regarding refunds and credits:
- Memberships: Courts Plus members who have paid in full will have their membership extended for the length of the closure. For example; if we are closed for 3 weeks you will have a 3 week extension on your membership. Members who are on installment billing will not be charged during the closure. Accounts will be adjusted accordingly when facilities reopen and billing resumes.
- Rentals and Parties: We are currently working with rentals through May 15. If your party has been scheduled during this time we will be happy to refund or reschedule your event without a cancellation or rescheduling fee.
- Rec Station, Sunbeams & Rainbows, and other programs with automatic billing will NOT be charged or billed during the closure. All automatic billings and payments are suspended until we reopen.
- All paid events that were scheduled to take place during the closure will be refunded automatically at this time. You do not need to request a refund.
- Currently, all programs are on hold. We are working on plans to reschedule or cancel, and we will process credits and refunds when facilities reopen.
If you have any questions regarding our refund policy, please use the Elmhurst Park District's Contact form. We will do our best to respond to you Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm. We thank you for your patience and understanding. We value you as a customer and look forward to serving you again in the near future.
Please note that the above mentioned refund practices are being offered during this special closure and are not our standard policies.
This year's Wedding Decor Resale Shop is cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. Visit www.epd.org for more information.
Keep your wedding or upcoming special event on budget with the Wedding Decor Resale Swap at Wilder Mansion on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.! Find slightly used & unused wedding décor items such as vases, candles, centerpieces, shoes, guest books and more! Free admission.
Want to host a table? Those looking to sell their gently-used items can obtain a table for just $20. Contact Heather at (630) 993-8674 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space!
Based on the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 and recommendations from public health officials to limit public gatherings, the Elmhurst Park District is canceling all programs and rentals as well as closing all facilities beginning Saturday, March 14, through Sunday, April 5. All permitted uses of athletic fields will also be cancelled. This includes the cancellation of the Bridal Party at Wilder Mansion on April 2 and the new Adult Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4 at Sugar Creek Golf Course.
We DO invite YOU! Learn all the I DO’s (and don’ts) of wedding planning at our Bridal Party at Wilder Mansion on Thursday, April 2, 6:30-9 p.m. Experience the award-winning, historical Wilder Mansion as you take pleasure in an evening of wedding exhibits, planning ideas and inspiration. Visit with premier vendors in the industry while you enjoy live entertainment, cake, wine samples, hors-d'oeuvres and more.
All guests need to register by Wednesday, April 1 at Noon, but registration will be available at the door. Click here to sign up!
Feel free to contact Mansion staff with any questions by email at email@example.com or by phone at (630) 993-8186.
Thank you to all that visited the show, and a special shout out to our vendors. We'll see you in 2020!
The November/December issue of Chicagoland Gardening features a familiar facade, with Wilder Park Conservatory taking center stage on their cover. The facility was featured in their 'Tropical Escapes' article which highlights conservatories throughout the Chicagoland area.
Elmhurst Park District Horticulturist, David Price, was quoted in the piece, saying "One of the nicest things about the conservatory is it has a long history."
"We have photos of a grandmother bringing her grandchild here. When we asked, she told us of her memories of her grandmother bringing her. It's a wonderful tradition."
A picture is worth a thousand words, and the staff at Wilder Mansion wanted to team up with a photographer to tell the story of the Wilder Mansion. Staff teamed up with Glass & Grain Photography, owned by local residents Ian Healy and sister, Elise Healy Cellitti, to do a photo shoot in the hope that they could capture the very essence and charm of the mansion. And that they did.
“It was important for us to choose a local photographer because they’re familiar with the grounds,” said Facility Supervisor Meagan Dovidio, “Glass & Grain had sought out the mansion for a wedding photo shoot previously, and the images they took were stunning. They certainly have an eye for beauty, and we were thrilled at the opportunity to work with them again.”
The duo conducted the photo shoot throughout May and June, choosing just the right time to shoot the flowering magnolia trees out front and ensuring the grounds were in full bloom. Nicole Sperando of Fleur Couture in Downers Grove also provided floral arrangements for the interior shots.
“Not only do we call Elmhurst home, but this quaint little town is also home to one of the most stunning wedding venues in the Midwest,” Elise said, “Wilder Mansion has everything you would want in an elegant wedding space; it’s monumental, bright, airy, and gorgeously decorated. The white walls and huge windows are a photographer’s dream! The Wilder Mansion Conservatory is one of my favorite spots in Elmhurst because even in the heart of winter, the heated conservatory full of lush foliage transports you to the tropics!"
Despite the ample competition in the wedding market, brides are drawn to the mansion because of its unique ambiance. They often feel like they’re inviting guests into their own home and are able to decorate with their own personal touches.
“Brides have exclusive use of the space, and that is so very important when planning for their special day,” said Meagan, “When a bride walks through the door, they see the natural light flowing in the rooms, the floor to ceiling windows, the beautiful wood floors, the fireplaces…Wilder Mansion is truly a gem in Elmhurst.”
Coupled with the amazingly attentive staff, wonderful vendors, and competitive pricing, Wilder Mansion offers a well-rounded space for a picture-perfect day. And the pictures truly do speak for themselves!
For more information about Wilder Mansion, please call (630) 993-8186 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Glass & Grain Photography, please visit them online at glassandgrainphoto.com or at facebook.com/glassandgrainphoto.