ELMHURST — The Parks Department is upgrading the Veterans Grove playground with updated play equipment, a new animal fountain at the dog run and a spray shower, officials said.
The $1.7 million reconstruction of the park on 43rd Avenue and Judge Street officially began in the spring and will have more play spaces for kids as Elmhurst's population continues to grow, according to the city.
It joins other neighborhood parks, like C.C. Moore and Hoffman Park, that are getting complete overhauls with funds from City Councilman Danny Dromm and other elected officials.
"It was my objective to do these parks," Dromm said before an official "soil tossing" event in the midst of the park's construction Monday. The park also received $175,000 from Borough President Melinda Katz.
"It's been a pleasure to allocate that funding to the benefit of the community."
Parks officials are also improving the infrastructure underneath Veterans Grove to help manage storm water runoff, they said. They'll install new underground pipes to minimize soil run off, they said.
The project should be completed in two years, according to the Parks Department.