In keeping with its mission to provide residents exceptional programs, services and amenities, Ela Township announces the purchase of land for a new park with open fields for recreation and sports.

The property is located at 21096 N. Deerpath Rd., in unincorporated Deer Park. The township paid $490,000 for the property, without the use of loans.

Supervisor Lucy Prouty stated, “As Ela Township grows, so does the need for additional recreational space. We are proud to be able to secure this property for our Ela Townships residents and their families to enjoy for years to come. The new park, which has yet to be officially named, will be a welcome addition to the township’s three existing parks—Ela, Knigge and Knox.”

Local youth athletic organizations have voiced their enthusiasm over the township’s announcement.

“This couldn’t come at a better time,” said Jim Vasalopulos, director of the Lake Zurich Lacrosse Club. “Having access to great field space is so important to the growth of community sports.”

“These are needed fields and Ela Township is stepping up. The closest thing we’ve got in our area to a park district is the township. We love the fields we have access to through Ela Township. They are some of the best out there,” he said.

Knox Park, which has a designated football field with bleachers, a scoreboard and concession stand, is where the Lake Zurich Flames Youth Football call home, though president Jay Erkman said additional practice fields are definitely needed by a variety of sports groups.

“I think it’s great,” he said.

Dale Young, commissioner of the Lake Zurich Baseball and Softball Association, which also uses Knox Park, said, “It’s wonderful news to have another option. It will give our organization greater flexibility.”

The Ela Soccer Club plays at 16 area parks, including Knigge. “We have 1,300 kids in our program and we’re continuing to grow,” said Board President Doug Anderson. “We definitely need additional field space.”

Ela Township hopes to have the new park open by next summer.

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