Village President Kit Ketchmark and the PEP Village Board have made community
events and recreation in our parks and open spaces a priority.
Recent improvements have been made with help from grant funding. The beautiful
new band shell at Kiwanis Park has vastly enhanced music events including
Battle of the Bands and summer concerts in the park. The Battle of the Bands held
in May is an intense competition among young musicians. June kicks off the
Concerts in the Park summer music series coordinated by our Recreation
Department and Special Events Commission. The summer music series is a great
opportunity to dine al fresco, while enjoying live music performances.
Our major parks also offer meandering paved paths for walking, jogging, recreational biking and outdoor exercise. Special recreational amenities include a zero depth splash pad for children, a skate park for teens and a modern Frisbee golf course. Brookfield parks are also
designed for baseball and softball, basketball, tennis, horseshoes, sand volleyball, bocce ball and bean bags.
Nature lovers enjoy the Oak Savannah and Salt Creek for a peaceful and convenient opportunity to walk and observe migratory birds and other wildlife. With the help of a grant obtained to enhance the canoe launch, new and improved ramped access for canoes and kayaks will be installed to provide better and safer access to Salt Creek and will also include a look-out area.
Brookfield’s first annual 5k/10k Bike Brookfield event held in 2016 attracted hundreds of participants of all ages and cycling abilities. Join the community for the next ride in May 2017! Residents also have access to the regional Salt Creek Trail, a wonderful amenity that is locally
accessible from the Zoo Woods Forest Preserve on 31st Street. The Salt Creek Trail offers an opportunity for biking and rollerblading in the summer, as well as cross-country skiing in the winter.
PEP and the Village have a great relationship with the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce. We work with them to ensure our special events throughout the year are successful including: the Senior Valentine’s Day Social, the Easter Egg Hunt, the very popular Street Dance and the Auto Show. The Farmer’s Market held at Village Hall is one of the most popular in the area. These community events including the Fine Arts Festival, the annual “Monsters on Main Street” Halloween event, and the Winter Holiday Celebration draw crowds year-round. These events benefit our residents as well as our business community!
There are so many more events and organizations that make Brookfielda great place to live including (but certainly not limited to!) the Citizen's Police Academy, Aging Care Connections, Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, The Elks Lodge, The VFW, Brookfield Little League, Recreation Department and Library programs, the 4th of July parade, outdoor movies at Ehlert Park,Brookfield Zoo attractions, SEASPAR activities for the disabled and service projects coordinated by the Beautificationand Conservation Commissions like Project N.I.C.E. and Meet the Creek.
The PEP Party is a strong supporter of maintaining the quality of life of our residents by supporting community-based resources, events and organizations. Look for us at an upcoming event!
With End to 4:00 am
Liquor Licenses, Late Night Crime Down Nearly 80%
When the Village Board voted to end 4:00 am liquor licenses and require local businesses to close earlier, it was the end of an era. Brookfield’s Police Chief and staff presented overwhelming evidence of incidents that occurred at late night establishments. Of the “serious” incidents such as battery, assault and theft, that occurred at businesses serving alcohol, nearly 70% occurred after 2:00 am. Brookfield’s police force routinely needed to call upon surrounding communities to assist in responding to these calls.
Before the vote, Brookfield was one of only 20 communities in the state of Illinois (of more than 1,000 total communities) that still allowed such licenses. Most communities experienced improved safety as a result of not having “last call” happen in their towns at 4:00 am. We’ve since seen this to be true in Brookfield with late night crime now down nearly 80%.
Open Space Master Plan
The Village Board recently adopted an Open Space Master Plan. This grant-funded plan, considers the current state and future uses of all village parks and other open spaces. The 2020 Master Plan for the Village
includes a goal of reviewing our open space plan approximately every 10 years.
Upcoming projects include the Salt Creek canoe launch renovation at Kiwanis Park paid for with a $50,000 grant, Candy Cane Park upgrades and a renovation of the Veterans Memorial Circle Fountain. The Open Space Master Plan puts us in a good position to receive future grants for additional improvements.
The Village previously received OSLAD (Open Space Land Acquisitions and Development) grants for major improvements at both Ehlert Park and Kiwanis Park.