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posted: 9/18/2012 4:05 AM

Time to be part of Lake Ellyn planning

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Time to be part of Lake Ellyn planning

Those who missed the public meeting at the Lake Ellyn Boathouse on Aug. 28, presenting the beginning of a master plan for Lake Ellyn Park maintenance and enhancement, didn't get to hear the Glen Ellyn Park District's consultant call the park "as good as it gets in DuPage County."

A friend from Maryland, visiting me in Glen Ellyn during July, had asked, why is Glen Ellyn here? One of the primary reasons is the existence of the landscape that made this park and lake possible: the ridges and ravines at the edge of the valley of the East Branch, an area less suited to farming than the surrounding plains. When the railroads made DuPage County accessible from the city, Glen Ellyn was a good place for a luxury resort.

The citizens of the region still benefit from the resort, now our unusually beautiful public park. The park district has engaged a stellar team to guide its preservation, protection, and improvement. They invite public participation in planning, but if you are not already a registered user of some park district program you might miss the notices of public meetings.

The village's environmental commission is developing plans to educate citizens of the village to understand the ways in which our yards, parkways, and parklands can be planted and managed to improve both the unique local beauty of our landscape, and the tendency of suburban development to make storms into floods.

The Lake Ellyn Park planning process won't be completed until late October, so there is still time to participate.

Edna E Heatherington

Glen Ellyn

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