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Evergreen Park’s park keeps expanding

  • Written by Bob Rakow

Dog owners, golfers and outdoor enthusiasts in Evergreen Park have plenty to look forward in the coming weeks as the village puts the final touches on a 50-acre unnamed park at the site of the former of Evergreen Park Country Club.
“The dog park is being built as we speak,” Mayor Jim Sexton said Monday.
Meanwhile, the golf range is scheduled to open Friday for its second year. The driving range does not yet offer lessons, said Sexton, who joked that the range is designed for hackers.
Dog owners, meanwhile, can obtain a membership to the dog park when applying for dog tags at village hall, Sexton said. Non-residents can use the dog park for a fee, he said.
Work on the disc golf course also is nearing completion, Sexton said.
“It’s a college phenomenon that appeals to the kids,” Sexton said.
The park, which is located on the east side of California Avenue between 91st and 94th streets, also will feature 2- to 3-acre urban garden.
The garden will be used to grow fruits and vegetables for the Evergreen Park Food Pantry. The village may in the future rent space in the garden to residents who wish to grow their own produce, or grow fruits or vegetables for sale at the Evergreen Park Farmers Market.
Evergreen Park used grant money to buy the former golf course property from a developer for $2 million. An additional $1.2 million for the park’s development came come from the village’s general fund.
Development of the property would have been completed the sooner had the village decided to contract more of the work, Sexton said. Village officials rejected that option to hold down costs.
“We’re doing it ourselves so it takes a little bit longer,” Sexton said.