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Seventh Ward Aldermen Eleanor Revelle will convene a ward meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 25 in the Parasol Room of the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. Two major topics of discussion slated for the evening are an update on the proposed Canal Shores Golf Course redesign and information about an easement requested across land leased by the City of Evanston from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD).
Canal Shores, the family-oriented golf course that stretches along the North Shore Channel (the canal) in Evanston and Wilmette, will be 100 years old in less than two years. It is leased from MWRD to the municipalities of Evanston and Wilmette.
Volunteers and members of the golf course board have been looking for ways to improve the course and grounds, and a proposal for a redesign of the course with four separate courses was presented to area residents last spring. Several residents objected to the layout and the design, and Ald. Revelle held a series of meetings with golf course officials and residents to see if a compromise could be effected.
Ald. Revelle said golf course officials will present an update on the proposed design and other proposed renovations to the grounds at the Oct. 25 meeting. Work is now under way to develop an ecological plan for the property, which would include the removal of invasive species and the addition of native plants, among other things.
The second major topic is the request for an easement across land leased to Evanston by MWRD. The Keefe Family Trust owns a piece of landlocked property in Wilmette. The trust would like to develop the site and thus needs egress onto Isabella Street. The City of Evanston is being asked to consent to the easement
The proposed easement area is a wooded parcel, very wet, with many mature, moisture-loving shade trees, Ald. Revelle said. The proposed roadway would remove a number of these trees, and others are likely to be damaged by the construction of the road. The Keefe family has engaged an ecological consulting firm to develop a restoration plan to improve the ecological integrity of the site and create a “nature park” to benefit the broader community. Mr. Keefe will attend the October 25 meeting to present his proposal, and City staff will be there to discuss the City’s perspective and answer questions.
Mr. Keefe will also be available to walk the site of the proposed easement with interested residents at 1 p.m. on Oct. 23. He will meet residents at the golf course on the north side of Isabella, east of the CTA tracks.
Ald. Revelle says that if the Cubs are in the World Series, the meeting will be postponed until Nov. 3.