What do you think Evanston should do to improve the attractiveness of Fountain Square, that area downtown that includes Sherman Plaza, Sherman Avenue, between Church and Davis streets, and the adjacent landscape areas?

The City of Evanston would like you to send in your thoughts and comments between now and November 21 as part of its visioning process.

To help get your creative juices flowing, Sherman Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic between Church and Davis from Saturday, Oct. 25, through Monday, Oct. 27, for the city’s Halloween and Harvest special events that will transform Fountain Square Plaza in a playscape for residents of all ages to enjoy, while envisioning the plaza’s renovation potential.

The city is encouraging you to do one or more of the following:

Follow @CityofEvanston on Instagram and use #MyFountainSquare to share your visual ideas.

Leave a message at one of the brightly colored mailboxes located around Fountain Square in Downtown Evanston.

Visit one of the participating businesses to leave a ‘tip’ in the tip jar. To help community members identify which businesses are participating, signs will be posted in their storefront window. 

Get the kids involved! Coloring pages can be found at the main Evanston Public Library and Evanston History Center, and can be downloaded online.
The deadline to submit all comments and suggestions is Friday, Nov. 21. Comments will be used to develop four conceptual visions of Fountain Square, which will be revealed in early 2015.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. Lance Armstrong Park

    To show my concern for all the biker's who love to ride in downtown Evanston, lets tear down what is there now, pave the entire area, paint it mucous green,  and install bike racks.  No need to thank me as your smile is thanks enough!

  2. Bring back the original

    Bring back the original fountain. Unlike what has been there since, it had character.

  3. Art and landscape

    I'd like to the the city take artist bids for the creation of a sculpture that could serve as an emblem of the city.  Surrounding it should be native landscaping and areas for the community to gather 

    1. More ways to spend money
      As it typical a project is proposed and people jump on the bandwagon wanting all kinds of ‘goodies.’
      This time painting of the viaducts is proposed [will and should go no where] and art/sculpture is proposed.
      Don’t they every stop to think about digging into the taxpayers pockets !! Instead they think of more ways to spend more and more money.

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