Capital Projects

Darien Community Park Update

This Spring, major construction will begin at Darien Community Park. The Darien Park District was awarded a $400,000 OSLAD Grant in 2022 to assist with the costs of renovating and upgrading the amenities at Darien Community Park.

The project will include two newly renovated tennis courts, four new pickleball courts, one new synthetic turf volleyball court, 2 renovated half basketball courts, baggo stations, pathways, shade structure, fitness stations and a renovated parking lot with permeable pavers and bioswale plantings.

While construction is ongoing, there will be closures of portions of the park, pathways and the north parking lot. Due to the construction, there will be no special events or pavilion rentals at the park this summer.

Parking will be very limited at the park, so please plan accordingly! Please make sure to obey all parking signs when parking on any local streets, and be respectful of all neighbors.

We hope that the project will be complete and ready for use by our residents by Fall, but know that weather and construction delays are possible. Please check our website for updates!

802 Plainfield Road/Garden View Park

Conceptual drawing below:

In 2021, the Darien Park District finalized the purchase and renovation of the new Park District Maintenance Facility, which was purchased from Dupage County with an intergovernmental agreement. The demolition of the old maintenance facility, located at 802 Plainfield Road, is now complete.

The District is excited to announce that they were awarded a $600,000 OSLAD Grant in 2023 from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to assist with developing this property.

The proposed project will focus on environmental responsibility by including community gardens, along with a large pollinator garden. It will also include a splash pad, as well as a playground, shelter, perennial maze and many shady picnic areas.

The District is appreciative of the community support regarding this proposed project from many Darien residents, especially the Darien Garden Club.

Next steps include completing the grant documents, detailed construction plans and the construction bidding process. The grant requires a local match, which the District will incorporate into its Fiscal Year 2024 and 2025 budgets, using non-referendum annual bonds. Work is planned to begin the Summer/Fall of 2024.