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Preservationists back lakefront paths

Evanston’s Preservation Commission voted tonight to back plans for pathway improvements on the city’s lakefront.


Evanston’s Preservation Commission voted tonight to back plans for pathway improvements on the city’s lakefront.

The upgrades would separate bike and pedestrian paths, install new light fixtures and place new benches along the lakefront from the Clark Street to Lee Street beaches.

The asphalt bike path would be moved closer to the west side of the park. The crushed stone pedestrian path would be kept generally closer to the lake but be widened to six feet.

The bike path would be widened to 12 feet. That would make it safer for the pedestrians who would undoubtedly walk the bike path like they do now, said Stefanie Levine, the landscape architect of the Parks Forestry and Recreation Department.

If the city secures a federal grant, new lights would be installed along the paths for security, a move that might rouse some controversy, commissioner Ann Dienner said.

“There might be a little flak from the neighbors,” she said.

The path project implements part of the lakefront master plan adopted a year-and-a-half ago by the City Council.

The council last month approved a construction contract for another aspect of the plan — rebuilding the restroom facility at the Clark Street Beach.

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