The Evanston City Council tonight is scheduled to act on plans to spend $255,000 to renovate Firemen’s Park at Simpson Street and Maple Avenue.
City officials say that many of the existing improvements to the park are “in a deteriorated or deficient state.”
The project will include new playground equipment and surfacing, new pavement, fencing and furnishing, new security lighting, a new drinking fountain and new landscaping.
In 2010 a project by neighborhood residents and volunteers from the fire department led to restoration of a firefighter’s monument and of an antique fire engine in the park.
Northwestern University has pledged to contribute up to $20,000 toward the project to cover half the cost of new security lighting.
The contract is scheduled to be awarded to low bidder Elanar Construction Company of Glenview.
Update 6/26/13 10:30 a.m.: The contract was approved on the City Council’s consent agenda Monday night.
Top: Youngsters play on the antique fire engine during Firemen’s Park rededication ceremonies in 2010.