New name, new purpose for Lake Zurich park

 
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Updated 3/21/2019 4:06 PM
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  • Ann Gusfield of Lake Zurich walks along a trail in Kuechmann Park, which was rebranded Wednesday as the Kuechmann Arboretum in an effort to focus on the park's old trees.

      Ann Gusfield of Lake Zurich walks along a trail in Kuechmann Park, which was rebranded Wednesday as the Kuechmann Arboretum in an effort to focus on the park's old trees. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Kuechmann Park was rebranded Wednesday as the Kuechmann Arboretum by Lake Zurich Mayor Tom Poynton and other officials, as well as members of the Kuechmann family.

      Kuechmann Park was rebranded Wednesday as the Kuechmann Arboretum by Lake Zurich Mayor Tom Poynton and other officials, as well as members of the Kuechmann family. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Sally Henning of Lake Zurich walks along a trail in the village's Kuechmann Park, which was rebranded Wednesday as Kuechmann Arboretum in an effort to focus on the park's old trees.

      Sally Henning of Lake Zurich walks along a trail in the village's Kuechmann Park, which was rebranded Wednesday as Kuechmann Arboretum in an effort to focus on the park's old trees. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Lake Zurich Mayor Tom Poynton led an official ceremony Wednesday to rename Kuechmann Park as Kuechmann Arboretum to focus on the 7.8-acre site's old oaks and other trees. Members of the Kuechmann family took part in the ceremony.

      Lake Zurich Mayor Tom Poynton led an official ceremony Wednesday to rename Kuechmann Park as Kuechmann Arboretum to focus on the 7.8-acre site's old oaks and other trees. Members of the Kuechmann family took part in the ceremony. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Lake Zurich's Kuechmann Park has been a little known, and even less often used, asset for the village since it opened nearly three decades ago at 626 N. Old Rand Road.

Village leaders hoped that changes with an ambitious plan formally launched Wednesday to rebrand the park and turn it into an homage to the community's old oaks and other trees.

The new Kuechmann Arboretum will highlight the oaks, maples and boxelders on the 7.8-acre site and feature walking paths, picnic tables and benches, and three interpretive learning kiosk stations.

The village is working with volunteers to rehabilitate the existing walking trail, remove invasive buckthorn and huckleberry, and install pollinator vegetation.

Among those joining Mayor Tom Poynton for a ceremony Wednesday to mark the change were members of the Kuechmann family. The park is named after Alton M. Kuechmann, Lake Zurich's mayor from 1953 to 1957.

Work is expected to be complete in 2020.

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