Ackerman SFC Parking Lot is Now Open

Posted on: October 10, 2018

Thank you for your patience and understanding! Construction is never fun and almost always inconvenient and disruptive. Through it all, our patrons were flexible and patient. While frustrating at times, they managed to make the best of the situation. The Glen Ellyn Park District is very appreciative of your continued patronage and hopes you will enjoy the newly renovated parking lot and entrance drive.

As a reminder, the project addressed the complete replacement of the main parking lot serving Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center and the upper Ackerman Park soccer fields. The parking lot, in severe disrepair, was over 30 years old and had only incurred minor repairs since it’s construction.

The recent improvements and complete renovation of the lot included replacement of sub material and resurfacing of the main lot, permeable pavers within the center parking area, L.E.D. lighting enhancements within the lot and entrance drive, bioswales to reduce runoff volumes and improve stormwater quality, resurfacing of the entrance drive and roadway towards the playground, sidewalk repairs and sealcoating the front drive along Ackerman SFC.

The total cost for the project was $485,000. The District was resourceful in attaining a DuPage County Stormwater Improvement Grant for $35,567 to help contribute towards environmental related items – bioswales and permeable pavers. Additionally, Parkview Church, which is at the corner of Riford Road and St. Charles Road, contributed over $30,000 (50%) of the expense to improve the shared entrance road into the park and church. The contributions reduced the total expense incurred by the District for the improvements to $420,000.

The 44,000-square-foot lot serves over 250,000 annual users of Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center, along with many additional patrons that utilize the surrounding 65 acres of open space, natural areas, and athletic fields. While benefitting the water quality for the East Branch DuPage River, the implementation of green infrastructure will also model responsible and innovative environmental practices in a highly visible, heavily utilized area.

Finally, the Park District recognizes that the parking and roadway throughout Ackerman Park is also in need of attention and plans to address these areas in the next few years.