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Northfield to get new pocket park with playground

The seeds are being planted for a brand new pocket park in Northfield after the Village Board of Trustees voiced unanimous support on Tuesday night for pursuing an intergovernmental agreement with the Northfield Park District.

Representatives from the park district shared their proposed intergovernmental agreement with the trustees on the board’s monthly committee of the entire meeting on March 19, and in a letter to the board, Park Board President Nate Pave said the proposed recent pocket park could be situated within the village’s Tower Road right of way, just south of Temple Jeremiah, 937 Happ Road. It could include a small playground, benches and a drinking fountain.

“This unique location is attractive since it sits adjoining to the character walking path, providing combined access for those on bikes utilizing the longer term Skokie Valley Trail and walkers who already benefit from the nature trail,” Pave wrote in his letter, which was read to commissioners by Park Board Vice President Bridget Kennedy at Tuesday’s meeting. “We imagine the addition of a pocket park and landscape beautification of this site will provide a treasured asset for this neighborhood.”

The proposed IGA would allow the park district to construct and maintain the park for an initial term of 30 years.

Kennedy added that the park district has also had conversations with Temple Jeremiah and the neighbors, each she said are supportive of the pocket park.

“Now we have been searching for a property in that area for years, but have never gained any traction with attempts to buy,” she said. “This right of way of roughly half an acre is precisely the variety of space we’re searching for, and truly higher due to the connections to the character trail and the longer term bike trail.”

She also said that families will profit from the proposed park.

“I might have loved to have had something like this once we moved in 11 years ago,” Kennedy said.

While the board was only discussing, and never voting on, the proposal, all trustees who spoke voiced support for it.

“I like every little thing about this plan,” Village President Greg Lungmus said, adding that he has had discussions with the park district for years attempting to determine a location for a brand new park, saying the proposal “checks plenty of boxes.”

Trustee Charles Orth called it “a win-win for the community, the neighborhood up there, the park district, the village board, the neighbors.”

“It’s long overdue.”

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