Melvin Berlin Park was made possible by the generosity of a longtime Glencoe resident, Andrew T. Berlin, in honor of his father, Melvin R. Berlin.
Melvin served admirably as a Park Board Commissioner from 1973 to 1977 and as Park President in 1976. In 2016, the Andrew T. Berlin family commissioned and funded the development of Melvin Berlin Park as a "testament to the love of one's family, community service, and enjoying the outdoors in our beautiful village and elsewhere."
On March 15, 2016, the Board of Commissioners approved the bid of $716,929 submitted by Clauss Brothers of Elgin Illinois to complete the project. The Park Districts held a groundbreaking celebration June 6, 2017. Construction of Berlin Park began on June 7, 2016.
Construction was completed in October of 2016 and the construction fence remained in place until April of 2017 to allow the new sod to take root. The Park is reopened April 28 with a celebration that attended by hundreds of community members. The project is completed on time and 4% under budget. The remaining donation was used to purchase equipment to maintain the Park Districts athletic fields.