Pictured above, left to right: are Adam Finlayson, Jen Goldstein, Ms. Riseborough, Ms. Morton, Susan Clarke and Byron Wilson. Only Mr. Byron Wilson is not a member of the Grandmother Park Initiative, Ms. Riseborough said, “and we are calling him a ‘Friend.’” Photo courtesy of Grandmother Park Initiative

Getting your Evanston news from Facebook? Try the Evanston RoundTable’s free daily and weekend email newsletters – sign up now!

Retired mayor Lorraine Morton will serve as honorary chair of the Grandmother Park Initiative. The grassroots organization seeks to build a tot lot on a vacant lot on Dewey Avenue near Crain Street.

Gay Riseborough, one of the organizers of the initiative, told the RoundTable that Openlands, a regional not-for-profit who buys and holds land for public use, has bought the site and is holding it for the group.

“We have to raise the funds to pay them back, to buy all the equipment and to fund the installation. Then the whole package will be gifted to the City of Evanston and will be maintained in perpetuity by the Parks Department,” Ms. Riseborough said.