Mon, July 15 at 8am – 

Due to the excessive rain:

  • Sunset Woods Park and Sunset Valley Golf Club are closed.
  • Portions of the paths at The Preserve of Highland Park and Larry Fink Park are flooded.
Old Elm Playground Renovation
3420 Krenn Avenue
Start Date
Summer 2024
End Date
Fall 2024

Old Elm’s 2-5 and 5-12 playgrounds are scheduled for replacement this year. Construction is expected to begin in August of 2024 and be completed by November 2024.

The Park District of Highland Park began planning the playground update in 2023. The planning and design process was collaborative, and the Park District is thankful for all the feedback collected throughout the process. Feedback collected from the community was used to guide the final design for Old Elm’s playground renovation.

Project Details:

  • new and separated 2-5 and 5-12 playgrounds
  • new playground area loop path system
  • site furniture replacement

Other Projects Happening at Old Elm in 2024:

  • removal of the South baseball diamond, backstop, and players benches, concluding with the restoration to grass
  • restoration of North baseball diamond backstop, removal of players benches, and restoration to grass infield
Target Start
Target End
May 2023
December 2023
March 2024
April 2024
August 2024
November 2024

Project Updates

Stay up to date on the latest renovations

February 15, 2024

The design process has been completed for the Old Elm Playground Renovation Project. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback through the survey, listening sessions and community meeting, to help shape the final design for the project. See the playground renderings here.

Construction is expected to begin in August and be completed by November.

February 15, 2024
November 6, 2023

Thank you to everyone who attended the Old Elm Park Playground meeting on Tuesday, November 14 and providing your preferences on the playground equipment options presented.

The feedback collected will be used to further refine the designs. Once designs are finalized, they will be posted to this page and the project will be bid out.

November 6, 2023
November 6, 2023

You’re Invited!

This past summer many of you participated in a survey to share your feedback on Old Elm Park. The Park District will host a community meeting on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, at Oak Terrace Elementary School to share the proposed playground design and two playground equipment options.

The meeting will start with a brief presentation providing an overview of the feedback collected this summer, the proposed layouts, and project timeline. After the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to review the equipment options and share their preferences. Feedback collected will be used to guide the final playground designs.

Meeting Details:
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Time: 6-7pm
Location: Oak Terrace Elementary School, Multi-Purpose Room

November 6, 2023
August 5, 2023

See the survey results from the preliminary playground planning survey here.

August 5, 2023
July 5, 2023

We will be at Old Elm Park on Friday, July 7 from 1-3pm to collect your feedback on the playground renovation.

July 5, 2023
June 12, 2023

The Park District of Highland Park would like to hear from you!
There will be several opportunities for the community to participate in the design process and the first is the Old Elm Playground Preliminary Planning survey. Follow this link to share your feedback in this brief survey.

June 12, 2023