College, Park District Celebrate Completion of Turf Field Project

August 17, 2018 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

Elmhurst College and Elmhurst Park District representatives came together this week to celebrate the completion of the recently renovated turf fields at Berens Park.

The fields benefit both organizations and the Elmhurst community as a whole, and are a great tribute to the partnership between the two entities.

“The Elmhurst Park District Board and staff look forward to continuing to work with Elmhurst College in the future as we identify additional opportunities to partner,” said Park District Executive Director Jim Rogers during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Berens on Monday, Aug. 13.

It was almost exactly 10 years ago, on June 16, 2008, that the Park District and College initially cut the ribbon to jointly dedicatee the turf fields. Since then, scores of soccer, football and lacrosse players from both the community and the College have enjoyed countless hours of play, practice and games on the fields.

Elmhurst College President Troy D. VanAken noted at the ribbon cutting that the successful partnership with the Park District, on the Berens turf field project and others, has helped the College to attract significantly more student-athletes in recent years. He thanked the Park District for the collaboration, calling it “a win-win for all of us.”

This is just one of many great things that are going to happen as we continue to partner together.

President VanAken, about the turf field project

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