Darien Park District Capital Projects

Darien Park District Garden Plots

In 2021, the Darien Park District finalized the purchase and renovation of the new Park District Maintenance Facility. The demolition of the old maintenance facility, located at 802 Plainfield Road, is scheduled for late Summer/early Fall.

The District is exploring the possibly of using the site for some Community Garden Plots, starting in Spring/Summer 2023. Please let us know if you might be interested in Garden Plots, so that we can determine how many we should plan for.

Please email: gardenplots@darienparks.com

*Please note – there will be a formal application process and fee, still to be determined. This will not commit you to anything – this is just to let us know how many residents are interested in this project!*

Grant Award

On July 8th, Governor JB Pritzker announced $30.3 million in grants for 87 local park projects that will help communities acquire open space and develop and improve recreational facilities throughout Illinois. The grants are funded through the state’s Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

The Darien District has been awarded a $400,000 OSLAD Grant to renovate and upgrade the amenities at Darien Community Park. The proposed 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
structures, fitness stations and a renovated parking lot with permeable pavers and bioswale plantings.

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 2023 and 2024 budgets, using non-referendum annual bonds. Work is planned to begin in the Spring/Summer of 2023.