What's New

Schiller Park

December 2017
Playground equipment was replaced and enhanced. Turf safety surface, four swings, three different height slides, ADA accessible ramp on the main play piece, sliding tracker and more is included in the renovation. Picnic table and benches and a concrete path are included. 

Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary

Summer 2017 Project began
August 2016 Grant Reinstated
January 2015 Awarded, February 2015, Grant Suspended
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources awarded a $363,500 OSLAD Grant to the park district for renovation of the Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary located behind the Softball Complex at 651 N. Rohlwing Road. This project will add Itasca's first Dog Park! Heron's Hideaway will be created which includes a nature-based play area, shelter, grill and baggo sets a separate area will have an interpretive nature trail, outdoor classroom, boardwalk and habitat restoration


Completion of the project is expected in late Spring of 2018.

Country Club Park

October 2016
Portions of playground equipment have been replaced. A shelter will be added and Country Club will be our second park with a solid turf base. This project is in progress with a project cost of $150,000.

Washington Park

September 2016
Playground equipment has been replaced, a shelter has been added and a solid turf surface base has been added, this is Itasca's first park with a turf base. This project had a cost of $150,000 and was completed in November 2016

Franzen Community "Play for All" Park

December 2015

Two main playground structures have been replaced. A new ADA accessible ramp has been added near the swing set.

Washington Park

October 2015

A project to improve drainage at Washington Park has been completed.

Clayson Park Renovation

Summer 2015

The park project includes  the installation of a picnic  shelter, playground and swings and additional walkways.
It replaces amenities which are between 35 and 40 years of age.  
The playground has a Tree House Theme.

Project cost is approximately $190,000 and was completed in early October. Clayson Park is at the intersection of Walnut St and Walters Lane off of Bryn Mawr Ave.

Peacock Park Renovation

Project completed in June 2015
In May 2013 Itasca won a $396,200 Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) Grant to renovate Peacock Park. This grant will fund 50% of the $792,400 project which began in Summer 2014. Improvements included:
  • 2 half-court basketball courts
  • Baggo and bocce courts
  • Baseball field
  • Drinking fountain
  • Landscape improvements
  • Loop trail
  • Picnic shelter
  • Skate nodes
  • Soccer field
  • Volleyball court

Springbrook Nature Center Renovation

June 2014
Grant suspended in February 2015. Phase One of the project has been completed. Waiting in suspended grant decision from IDNR.
An Illinois Department of Natural Resources Capital Museum Grant was awarded to the Itasca Park District in the amount of $335,000 for renovation of the Springbrook Nature Center. The project will replace 3 climate-control units, a water heater, siding, roofing and insulation. In addition a wall of wet and dry animal exhibits will be built. Total cost of the project will be $490,000 with the Village of Itasca donating $100,000, the Park District adding $50,000, Friends of Springbrook donating $2,500 and the Itasca Lions Club funding $2,500. .

Redesign of the Itasca Recreation & Fitness Center

October 2013

Universal Design Concepts

were used to update the entrance, program spaces and washrooms to provide accessibility for all.

The project cost was $800,000.

Itasca Historical Depot Museum Project

February 2013
Itasca Park District was awarded a $110,000 Grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources toward the Itasca Historical Depot Museum Project. A 1940's Milwaukee Road Caboose will be relocated to the Depot Site and renovated. An interactive Train display will be added inside the Depot Museum. Remaining funds will be used to restore artifacts. In March 2013 a 1939 Milwaukee Road Rib-Side caboose was acquired and moved to the Depot Site. The caboose has been painted the original bright orange color and the inside is currently undergoing restoration.

The Depot Museum Project

The Depot Museum project was completed in September 2013. The 1873 original Itasca Train Depot has been restored to it's original look. A picnic shelter, parking lot and concrete pathways have also been added.

Benson Park Renovation

Benson Park renovation was completed in 2012.