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Elmhurst YMCA

Angie Flesch, Executive Director
211 West First Street
630-834-9200 • fax - 630-834-9221

Hours: Weekdays, 4:45 am-10 pm; Saturday, 6 am-6 pm; and Sunday, 8 am-6 pm

The Elmhurst YMCA (founded 1952), an affiliate of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, strives to develop strong children and families in the Elmhurst community through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness and healthy living.

Offering programs and activities to residents regardless of ability to pat, the YMCA annually awards more than $80,000 in scholarships with proceeds from its Annual Dinner Dance, Stone Open Golf Tournament and other fundraisers.

Facilities features include a heated indoor swiming pool (water fitness/swim lessons), full-size gymnasium (basketball/volleyball/fitness classes), health and fitness room, and an outdoor ice skating rink (hockey/ice skating).

People for Elmhurst Parks

Pete Goworowski, Board Chair
P.O. Box 1303
Elmhurst, IL 60126

People for Elmhurst Parks (P.E.P.) is an independent group of concerned individuals working in partnership with the Elmhurst Park District to provide opportunties for lifetime enjoyment of present and future generation.

A not-for-profit organization, P.E.P. raises funds for many park and recreation projects, including Wilder Mansion, Recreational Assistance, Wagner Scolarship, Safety Town, Lightening Prediction System, Prairie Path lamppost lighting, land acquisition, athletic equipment, and other park and pool amenities.
These projects are financed by P.E.P. through various special events – including the Sugar Creek Open, a May golf outing co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Elmhurst – and through the generous support of Elmhurst residents.

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

D. "Dewey" Pierotti, President, Board of Commissioners
3S580 Naperville Road
Wheaton, IL 60187-8761

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County (founded 1915) manages more than 24,000 acres and 59 forest preserves for the purpose of conservation, education and recreation.

SSome 3.1 million people annually visit the 600 acres of shimmering lakes, 60 miles of rivers and streams, and 100 miles of scenic trails for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing.  Many area are accessible to special-needs visitors.

District operations include three golf course–Oak Meadows (formerly Elmhurst Country Club) in Addison, Maple Meadows in Wood Dale and Green Meadows in Westmont–and two banquet facilities.

The District's six educational facilities are:  Willowbrook Wildlife Center (Glen Ellyn), Fullersburg Woods Environmental Education Center and Mayslake Peabody Estate (both Oak Brook), Kline Creek Farm (Winfield), Danada Equestrian Center (Wheaton) and Tri-County State Park (Bartlett).

Our Parks and Facilities

The Abbey Leisure Center (407 West St. Charles Road) – The Center offers a variety of exciting leisure activities, social service programs, informational seminars, classes, day and overnight trips, and many more activities. Join The Abbey and take advantage of member benefits.

Playgrounds – The neighborhood playgrounds in Elmhurst have unique qualities to offer that exercise imagination.

Courts Plus, A Center for Health, Sports & Fitness (186 South West Avenue) – Courts Plus features a two-floor facility offering a full array of workout options and excellent court areas to encourage safe and fun exercise. Courts Plus offers a 75-foot, five lane, indoor lap and exercise pool, a four-lane, indoor jogging/walking track, a free-weight training area, advanced exercise equipment, climbing wall and much more. Call 630-833-5064 for membership information.

Norman P. Smalley Pool ( 665 South York Street) and East End Pool ( 863 Schiller Street) – The Park District has two pools for summer enjoyment, Norman P. Smalley and East End. Both pools offer state-of-the-art pool technology. Call 630-993-8989 for registration information.

Sugar Creek Golf Course (500 East Van Buren, Villa Park) – A beautiful 9-hole, par-32 golf course owned and operated by the Elmhurst Park District and Village of Villa Park, Sugar Creek’s course features large, smoothly contoured Penncross bentgrass greens, a 3-acre pond coming into play on four of the nine holes, excellent turf for golf, driving range and expanded clubhouse. Reservations are available all day, every day, from 6 a.m. to closing.  Call 630-834-3325 for reservations and fee information.

Wilder Park Conservatory – The Park District Conservatory offers adult education classes, children’s programs and horticulture information. The Conservatory is open 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily and is filled with a variety of floral displays. A horticulturist is available to answer questions about plants, conduct tours and give lectures to community organizations. Call the horticulturist at 630-993-8909 for an appointment.

York Commons Skate Park ( 665 South York Street) – The skate park has provided thousands of teens with a place to safely skate with their friends.  The skate park has seven different ramps that vary in level and skill for the wide range of skaters.

Safety Town – Learn about safety from bicycles to streets and from trains to first-aid. Children must be 4 years old to participate in the program.

Wagner Community Center (615 North West Avenue) – The 25,000 square foot Community Center houses two dance rooms, 13 classrooms for preschool, music and general interest classes, program registration and recreation staff offices. A 7,000 square foot gymnasium was completed in the winter of 2004 for the District’s gymnastics program.

Elmhurst Great Western Prairie – One of the few prairie remnants, the Elmhurst Great Western Prairie is located within Wild Meadows Trace just north of the Prairie Path between Spring Road and Salt Creek. Come out and contribute to the community as a prairie volunteer or just enjoy a walk through the prairie. An informational display case is located near Berkley Avenue and Prairie Path Lane.

Environmental Areas – Trails are available on the Salt Creek Greenway, which runs from Ben Allison to Eldridge Park, and the Shooting Star Trail, which runs along the north side of the Great Western Prairie.

The Hub at Berens Park – The Hub at Berens Park has an 18-hole miniature golf course with water feature, a 6,000 square foot sprayground with nine exciting water features and two big squirt filling stations, batting cages with baseball and softball settings, and the Lee A. Daniels Pavilion, which is a 35,000 square foot facility available for party rentals.  Call the party coordinator at 630-993-8186 for more details.

Elmhurst Park District

Jim Rogers, Executive Director
Administrative Office (Wilder Park), 375 West First Street
630-993-8900 • fax - 630-993-8913
Hours: Weekdays, 8 am-5 pm

Registration Office (Abbey Leisure Center)
407 West St. Charles Rd.
Hours: Weekdays, 8 am-5 pm

Registration Office (Wagner Community Center)
615 North West Ave.
Hours: Weekdays, 8 am- 9 pm; Saturday, 9:30 am-12 noon

The Elmhurst Park District (founded 1920) provides residents with opportunities for lifetime enjoyment through its management of 28 parks covering 468 acres--featuring 18 playgrounds, 12 picnic areas, 68 atheltic fields and 5.5 miles of trail--and 19 facilities.

Wilder Mansion, named Chicago Magazine's Best Suburban Park, features the restored WIlder Mansion, formal gardens and conservatory (rebuilt in 2013) and the Veterans' Memorial, along with the Elmhurst Public Library, Elmhurst Art Museum and Museum of Lapidary Art.

Elmhurst Park District facilities include Wilder Mansion, Norman P. Smally Pool at York Commons and East End Pool, Joanne B. Wagner Community Center, The Abbey Leisure Center, Sugar Creek Golf Course, CoutsPlus (a centre for health, sports and fitness) and The Hub at Berens Park (with batting cages, miniature golf course and sprayground), along with the 37-mile Prairie Path and the Great Western Prairie (a "living museum" of indigenous plants and animals).