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Evanston’s Fireman’s Park, restored in recent weeks in a volunteer project by local firefighters, was re-dedicated this afternoon in a ceremony at the park at Maple Avenue and Simpson Street. See full photo coverage of the event in our photo gallery

Evanston’s Fireman’s Park, restored in recent weeks in a volunteer project by local firefighters, was re-dedicated this afternoon in a ceremony at the park at Maple Avenue and Simpson Street. See full photo coverage of the event in our photo gallery

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Kudos to the firefighters and

    Kudos to the firefighters and neighbors who made this happen.  The park had become quite dreary in recent years, and the improvements are fantastic.  In the 24 hours since the re-dedication I have seen much more activity in the park than in the past– great to seeing it getting used again. 

    A couple of things to consider:

    1) My hope is that the improved space doesn’t draw the wrong kind of late night crowd.  Last night I happened to walk though the park at about 12:30 am and found ten or so young people hanging out and (it appeared) drinking.  The benches are very inviting, the lighting is low, and the atmosphere is appealing for this kind of behavior.  I am sure that the police will keep an eye on this, and I presume any problems will be nipped in the bud.

    2) I also hope that the city comes through with their pledge to upgrade the park’s play equipment next year.  The dated and inadequate current equipment stands out as such now that the rest of the park looks so great.

     

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