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Skate Teams, Bocce Tournament, and Raffle

slated for Ehlert Park Grand Opening


Village of Brookfield invites all to celebrate

the official opening of the newly renovated Ehlert Park


The Village of Brookfield is excited to announce the Grand Opening of Jaycee-Ehlert Park, newly renovated thanks to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources “Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Program.”  The Grand Opening is scheduled for Saturday, September 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Festivities will include a skate demonstration sponsored by Totally Board of LaGrange, a bocce and horseshoes tournament with prizes, free hot dogs, and a raffle of park sports-related prizes sponsored by Totally Board of LaGrange, Hitchcock Design Group, Hancock Engineering, Hey and Associates Engineering, and the Kenneth Company.  A ribbon cutting will officially open the event at 10:00 a.m.     


The park, designed by Hitchcock Design Group and constructed by the Kenneth Company, includes a skate park, a new picnic area, a bocce/horseshoe court, a new baseball practice field, a new soccer/football practice field, a wide walking/biking path connecting to the rest of the park, and a parking lot and drop off area.  The park includes drainage to manage stormwater after heavy rains, and incorporates green practices such as native plantings and a bioswale in drainage areas.  “The park represents the synthesis of professional staff, consultant, and resident input resulting in one of the Village of Brookfield’s finest assets,” said Keith Sbiral, Assistant Village Manager.  


The newly renovated portion of Ehlert Park, located at the intersection of Shields and Sunnyside Avenues, consists of approximately 5.7 acres and was acquired by the Village from Elementary School District #103 in 2003 for $1.5 million, half of which was funded by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources “Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Program.”  In 2005, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources awarded the Village $398,000 under the same program for the development of the acquired park land with recreational facilities.  The park improvements total approximately $1.2 million.


“The OSLAD funding that the Village of Brookfield was able to procure resulted in a beacon of progress for the Village and a first rate addition to Ehlert park.  The development of Brookfield’s highest quality parkland significantly adds to the Village recreation and green space and eliminates the threat the land would be developed,” said Michael Garvey, Village President.


For more information about the Ehlert Park Grand Opening, please visit our website at, or contact Meena Beyers at 708/485-7344.    






The Village of Brookfield Staff has been working around the clock since Friday morning to meet emergency needs of the residents.  Below is some information that may be helpful if you are affected by high water...

The Village of Brookfield has delivered over 4000 sandbags to the residents of the Village.  More sandbags are being delivered as needed.


The Village of Brookfield Public Safety Departments have been responding to all requests of assistance for sandbags.  Please contact the Department of Public Works if sandbags are needed.


If flooding worsens and shelter is needed, the following locations will be available for shelter:

Riverside Village Hall

Brookfield Village Hall

Church of Christ at 3700 Forest in Brookfield

These locations will be available for residents.







The Village of Brookfield will be re-surfacing, re-striping and re-numbering the Village’s daily commuter parking lot beginning Monday, September 15th.  The lot will be unavailable for use until the morning of Monday, September 22nd when the work will be completed.

The resurfacing project is part of a $200,000 grant that will allow the Village to re-surface the commuter lot and renovate the Prairie Avenue Train Station.  Funding for the projects was received in cooperation with METRA, Burlington Northern Rail Road, and the West Suburban Mass Transit District.

Daily commuters are asked to find parking along the Burlington Tracks in one of the permitted commuter spaces either on the north or south sides during the construction period.  The Police Department will suspend the permit parking restrictions so our commuters can park in these spaces without being cited.

We realize there will be some minor inconvenience to our commuters during this time.  We appreciate your patience with this project as it will enhance the long term viability of the commuter lot.

Thank you,

Riccardo F. Ginex

Village Manager 


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