Proksa Park, formerly known as Berwyn Park, was dedicated to Joseph Proksa, the first Superintendent of Parks upon his retirement in 1958. Proksa Park covers approximately fifteen acres and is bordered by Wisconsin and Home Avenues, 29th Place and 31st Street. The lighted pathways through this multi-use park covers over one-half mile and makes an excellent walking or jogging trail.
Situated along the pathways are numerous park amenities, including three lighted tennis courts, six lighted blue-clay horseshoe courts, two baseball diamonds, and two picnic groves. Additionally, the park boasts of two small ponds connected by a meandering stream and play areas designed for compliance with the American Disability Act and Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines.
The newest feature is the renovation of the old maintenance building into the Proksa Park Activity Center. The center located at 3001 Wisconsin Avenue features an early childhood learning center, craft room, meeting rooms and public restrooms. The Proksa Park Activity Center is available for use by the public at a nominal charge. Additionally, the Activity Center is used by West Suburban Special Recreation Association to provide recreational opportunities to persons with special needs. The District greenhouse, located at the northeast corner of the park, produces many of the annual flowers displayed throughout the park system.
The real treasure of the park, however, lies in the plant materials selected to provide a refreshing look of beauty for every season, throughout the year. The diversity of plant specimens; as illustrated by more than 70 tree species, over 85 shrub species, and numerous flower and turf varieties has been the key factor in the design of the park since its beginning in 1923 and through the careers of four Superintendents of Parks.