Inclusive playground highlights planned Ehlert upgrade

After focusing on improving its parks north of Ogden Avenue in recent years, the village of Brookfield once set out to make major improvements to Ehlert Park at the south end of the village.

Recreation Director Stevie Ferrari received the green light from elected officials on Sept. 12 to submit an application to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for an Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant of up to $600,000 to improve the southwest quadrant of Ehlert to ask Park.

This portion of the park, which includes a playground and picnic pavilion and is heavily used by AYSO Soccer and Bulldogs Youth Football, is the last portion of the park that has not been rehabilitated in the last 15 years. The tennis courts north of the west car park will be renovated this fall.

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