Residents of three neighborhoods should be getting invitations from the city soon to participate in planning the renovation of their local parks.

The City Council tonight unanimously approved contracts with three consulting firms to plan the renovation projects:

  • For Perry Park, a half-acre park at 1741 Hovland Court, the work will go to JJR LLC of Chicago for a fee of $35,800. This park was last renovated in 1991. The project budget is $600,000, although two-thirds of the funds have yet to be formally approved.
  • For Smith Park, a one-acre park at Ashland Avenue and Lyons Street, the job will go to Site Design Group of Chicago for a fee of $40,100. The last work on this park was som mnior playground safety modifications in 1992. The total budget for the project is $440,000.
  • For Megowan Park, a half-acre park in the 500 block of Hinman Avenue, the work was awarded to Thompson Dyke and Associates of Chicago for a fee of $33,128. This park was last renovated in 1988. The total budget for the project is $350,000.

For each project the consultants are to hold up to three public meetings this fall to review existing conditions and develop design plans. They’ll then produce construction documents and supervise the construction process next spring and summer.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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