Evanston to host workshop on Ladd Arboretum

Stephanie Kelly, City Editor

The city will host a community workshop Tuesday to discuss potential improvements to a local arboretum.

The proposed plan would rebuild the multiuse trail at Edward R. Ladd Arboretum, 2024 McCormick Blvd., reconstructing the current gravel trail into a paved pathway.

The plan was originally suggested a year ago by the Public Works department. Since then, the department has met with the Ladd Arboretum committee, held one public meeting and two meetings with the council, Public Works director Suzette Robinson said at a Feb. 9 meeting. At the same council meeting, aldermen voted unanimously to delay action on the plan until after a public meeting to discuss the matter further.

The workshop will discus project background and need, project impact,  proposed path layout and proposed path materials, costs and environmental impacts, according to the city.

“There’s a group of people who don’t think they’ve been heard and we should hear from them,” Ald. Judy Fiske (1st) said at the Feb. 9 meeting.

In order to complete construction this year, the city would have to move on a plan before Feb. 23, city manager Wally Bobkiewicz said at the meeting. The meeting Tuesday will serve as a way for the city to gather community feedback for council’s consideration on Feb. 23.

The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Civic Center.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @StephanieKellyM