As part of the Village of Glen Ellyn and the Glen Ellyn Park District’s collaboration to enhance and improve recreation opportunities within Glen Ellyn, a preliminary conceptual design to refurbish Panfish Park is underway. In response to community-driven feedback, the investment would improve the look and feel, increase amenities, and redevelop the playground.
The scope of the Panfish Park enhancements includes renovating the playground area, improving the loop walking trail, introducing more natural areas and trees, removing invasive plants and dead trees, and adding new signage and site furniture.
The existing playground, previously installed in 1996, will be replaced with an ADA-accessible playground with fixtures geared toward children ages 2-5 and 5-12. An open-air shelter will also be built.
Minor realignments will be added to the loop walking trail and the hierarchy of the trails will be improved with an emphasis on the outer half-mile. Limestone will continue to be used primarily with concrete in key washout areas as needed.
An overall natural area plan will be drafted that will include an interactive tree tour with signage installed on legacy trees throughout the park.
Renovations for Panfish Park are expected to start in late 2023 or 2024, with public engagement opportunities beginning next year.