This time of year it’s hard not to notice all of Elmhurst’s beautiful parks. Whether you’re walking, biking, jogging, watching a game, or just relaxing, parks are a prominent part of living in Elmhurst. 

There are 23 parks in Elmhurst with 327 total acreage for people to enjoy, which is well above the national average. In fact, 83 percent of our residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park compared with the national average of 55%.

The city is flanked by Eldridge Park in the south and Berens Park in the north with prominent Wilder Park in the center. We have running trails and bike paths, creeks and fountains, and miles of fields for every kind of sport. 

Having easy access to parks is not only fun but is linked with lower body mass index and reduced rate of obesity. And children’s use of parks increases by a whopping 400% when parks are closer to home.

The Trust for Public Land released data recently analyzing Americans current access to parks in cities, towns, and communities.  They found that one in three Americans don’t have a park or green space within a 10-minute walk of their home. Elmhurst residents fare much better, but 8,305 still live in a “park desert.”

To get a better idea of which neighborhoods fare on the better or worse end of the scale, the organization put together this map. By scrolling down to the button labeled “Deep Dive,” you can zoom in on neighborhoods.  The best locations for new park development are indicated by the blue-circled numbers, which are then ranked by the impact a park would make on a neighborhood.

The Trust mapped every park in every urban municipality in the country, the first time such extensive park data has been compiled in such a way. Their hope is that city planners, mayors, and recreation departments will use the tool to ensure better access to parks and continue to make green space a priority in the future.

Elmhurst’s beautiful and abundant parks are part of the city’s charm. We love the priority our city places in parks, and we’re confident that that consideration will continue.

To find out more about our (23!) parks and other amazing benefits of living in Elmhurst, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit www.gmregroup.com.