Elmhurst Park District honors partner Elmhurst University for its 150th anniversary

  • Elmhurst University President Troy D. VanAken, third from left, receives the resolution honoring the university's 150th anniversary from Elmhurst Park District Board President Vince Spaeth and fellow Commissioners during the Dec. 13 park board meeting.

    Elmhurst University President Troy D. VanAken, third from left, receives the resolution honoring the university's 150th anniversary from Elmhurst Park District Board President Vince Spaeth and fellow Commissioners during the Dec. 13 park board meeting. Courtesy of Elmhurst Park District

 
 
Updated 12/31/2021 11:23 PM

The Elmhurst Park Board recognized and honored the 150th anniversary of Elmhurst University during its Dec. 13 park board meeting, passing a resolution commemorating the milestone.

The university was founded on Dec. 6, 1871 and has expanded its impact across the region, the nation and world.

 

Given the proximity of Wilder Park to the campus, the park district and university have been next door neighbors for decades and have worked cooperatively in many ways to enhance the lives of students and residents.

The resolution was presented to Elmhurst University President Troy D. VanAken.

A theme that Elmhurst University emphasizes is its "ever-widening circle," which VanAken acknowledged in his comments.

"The idea is that each individual that comes into our community, whether they graduate or they're a partner, like all of you, it expands the circle," VanAken said. "For the past 25 years, you've been a significant part of that expanding circle. You are a very strong partner with Elmhurst University and, what I like about it, is that we partner where it makes sense."

The resolution highlighted some of these partnerships, including the development of a baseball diamond at Butterfield Park, development of a softball diamond at Salt Creek Park and development and renovation of synthetic turf fields at Berens Park.

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The park district looks forward to continuing the relationship for years into the future.

The Elmhurst Park District is an Illinois Distinguished Agency dedicated to promoting "lifetime enjoyment" by providing a variety of parks, recreation facilities, and affordable programs in the Elmhurst community.

For more information on the Elmhurst Park District or gift certificates, call (630) 993-8900 or visit epd.org.

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