Michael Arrington (center), his daughter, Jennifer Breen (right), his grandchildren Una, 4, (standing) and Dorothy, 2; his sister Pat Smythe (left) and nephew Steve Smythe (second from left) have made a donation toward the renovation of the lagoon at Dawes Park.File photo by Rachel Loyd

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The City of Evanston has been awarded $400,000 from the state to renovate the 4.5-acre at lagoon at 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 grant, combined with a $500,000 donation last year from the Arrington Foundation, allows this project to move forward. 
When the project is completed, the lagoon will be renamed the Arrington Lakefront Lagoon in memory of the late W. Russell Arrington. Mr. Arrington was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives and leader of the Illinois Senate from 1945 to 1973.
“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 Evanston will now enjoy a revitalized lakefront lagoon that will serve as a peaceful respite for all of us for many years to come.”