Panton Mill Park
Concerts in the park, art festivals, martial arts demonstrations, family reunions, weddings, walk-a-thons and other events have a new, showcase location in South Elgin’s Village Center. Panton Mill Park, home of Riverfest and adjacent to Village Hall, received a mighty upgrade this summer: a permanent sound stage, large pavilion, restroom and concessions building, walking paths, streetscape lighting and a splash pad.
With the picturesque Fox River as its backdrop, the festival-styled park offers great sight lines to the entertainment stage and a wide-array of reasons for the community and region to gather. “Make no mistake, this is also an economic development project for South Elgin,” said Village Administrator, Steve Super. “It will certainly attract more businesses, restaurants and development to our Village Center.”
Funding comes from park development fees provided by new housing construction as well as TIF funds generated by business growth along Route 31 and Bowes Road (which is specifically dedicated for parks and economic development). The project cost approximately $5 million without any affect on property taxes.
During this pandemic, we cannot promise when large scale events will begin taking place. But we'll be ready when the opportunity arises! Here are a few additional facts and figures about this exciting new addition to South Elgin's Village Center:
- Improvement area is about 6 acres in size
- Permanent stage has a barrel roof design for sound projection, a large performance area, and decorative stone columns
- The splash pad is a focal point of the design. A trellis will provide shade in a seating area around the splash pad.
- Improved pedestrian access in the park includes 10’ sidewalks throughout and direct linkage below the bridge to SEBA Park and Fox River Trail to the south
- Decorative furnishings, brick pavers, and pavement throughout
- Improved Village Hall entrance for accessibility and seating areas
- The utility bill drop off box has been relocated to Spring Street just across from the Police Department