Park Details and Locations
Benson Park- Renovations Coming Soon.
The Benson Park Renovation project will begin soon. Highlights of the project include one tennis court / four pickleball courts, sand volleyball court, two large soccer fields, a large picnic shelter, the replacement of the playground mulch with artificial mulch and a wheelchair accessible swing. The Itasca Park District was awarded a $400,000 Open Space Lands and Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources toward the renovation, the overall anticipated cost of the project is $900,000.
During the renovation, sections of the park will be fenced off. The Garden plots will remain accessible. Construction began on Monday, August 14.
Project update 8/28/23
The Benson park improvement plan includes the restoration of turf on the north side of the park. In order to improve drainage systems and properly set up new soccer fields, the grass will be killed and removed. the area will be leveled and reseeded this fall. Please pardon our dust and thank you for your patience as we work to improve our park.
Benson Park contains 6.6 acres and is located at 5N598 Mill Road four blocks south of Irving Park Road on Mill Road. It includes the following features:
Clayson Park - Renovated in 2015
Clayson Park contains 2 acres and is located at 800 N. Walnut; south of Thorndale Road between Maple, Walters, and Walnut Avenues. It has a playground and picnic shelter.
Country Club Park
Country Club Park contains 1.37 acres and is located on Country Club Drive and Surrey Lane in the Country Club Park Division. It has a playground and a basketball court.
Franzen "Play for All" Park
Beautifully renovated in 2007 with the aid of an OSLAD Grant and community fundraising, Franzen contains 3 acres and is located at 730 Catalpa. In 1991 Franzen was the first handicapped-accessible playground built in DuPage County.
Notice: Construction on tennis courts is scheduled to be completed in late spring. 1 tennis / 2 Pickleball courts coming soon.
Itasca Softball Complex
The Itasca Softball Complex contains 5.5 acres and is located at 704 N. Rohlwing Road. It has two lighted softball fields and a Concessions / Maintenance and restroom building.
Peacock Park - Renovated 2014-2015
Peacock Park contains 3.8 acres and is located behind Peacock School at 316 E. Bryn Mawr Ave. It features two softball fields, and soccer fields.
The Itasca Park District was awarded a $396,200 Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Grant (OSLAD) from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The $792,400 project began in 2014 and includes a loop trail, two half-court basketball courts, a multi-surface volleyball court, skate nodes, upgraded baseball field, soccer field, picnic shelter, baggo and bocce courts and more!
See plan to the right.
Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary
The Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary contains 11.84 acres and is located at 650 N. Rohlwing Road. It has walking trails for viewing birds and other wildlife. In January 2015 Itasca Park District was awarded a $363,500 OSLAD Grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to renovate this site. A dog park, interpretive nature trail, outdoor fitness station, boardwalk, outdoor classroom and habitat restoration accompany the new nature based play area, a picnic shelter, grill and a baggo court. This project was completed in June 2018. The Barking Lot Dog Park opened in May 2019.
Schiller Park contains 2.5 acres and is located at 1002 Schiller St., on Broker and Schiller north of Irving Park Road. It has a playground and picnic area. The playground was replaced, tables and benches added in December 2017.
Washington Park contains 6 acres and is located immediately south of the intersection of Irving Park and Bloomingdale Roads. It includes the following features: