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Governor Pat Quinn announced yesterday that the City of Evanston has been awarded $400,000 to renovate the 4.5 acre Lagoon in Dawes Park.  The project includes upgrades to plumbing and basin systems, reconstruction of the stone waterfall, replacement of pavement and lighting, new site furnishings and enhanced landscaping. This award was part of $12.3 million of Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Grants projects awarded to 42 projects aroundIllinois.  This grant, combined with a $500,000 donation last year from the Arrington Foundation, allows this important project to move forward.  

With the completion of the project, the lagoon will be renamed the Arrington Lakefront Lagoon in memory of the late W. Russell Arrington. A distinguished member of the Illinois General Assembly from 1945 to 1973, W. Russell Arrington was a member of the Illinois House and leader of the Illinois Senate. 

“My thanks to Governor Quinn for his support of this outstanding project,” said Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. “Through the efforts of State Senator Jeff Schoenberg, State Representative Robyn Gabel and staff from our Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services, the residents of Evanstonwill now enjoy a revitalized lakefront lagoon that will serve as a peaceful respite for all of us for many years to come. “It is fitting that the remaining funding for this project comes from the State of Illinoisas we recognize W. Russell Arrington’s distinguished service in the General Assembly by naming the lagoon in his honor.”