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Groundbreaking for Evergreen Park’s new park Thursday

Updated: September 1, 2014 8:10AM



A grand opening celebration of Evergreen Park’s new 50-acre park at the southeast corner of 91st Street and California Avenue will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

The park is on land that formerly was part of the Evergreen Country Club. The other portion of the golf course, south of 91st Street and on the west side of Western Avenue, is now a shopping area with Menards, Meijers and several other stores.

Plans for the park included a sledding hill, disc golf course, farming area and — in a salute to the land’s longtime roots as a golf course — a driving range and putting green.

The entire project incurred the wrath of some folks, notably those living in the North Beverly community on the other side of Western Avenue, back in 2011 when plans were announced. They didn’t like the idea of towering oak trees being felled for development, and worried about the environmental impact and increased traffic on Western.

Evergreen Park Mayor Jim Sexton then noted the project would lead to hundreds of much-needed jobs for local residents during the construction and afterwards, not to mention tax revenue for the village.

“Trees don’t pay the bills,” Sexton said in a SouthtownStar story in September 2011.

Three dog parks — one each for small, medium and large canines ­— are included in the new park, Sexton said Tuesday.

Call the Evergreen Park Village Hall at (708) 422-1551 for more information about the grand opening.



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