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Lovelace Park, in the farthest northwest corner of Evanston, is a hidden treasure, offering tennis, soccer, basketball, playgrounds, a fishing pond (catch and release only, barbless hooks required), two picnic shelters, a park house with washrooms, drinking fountain, walking/biking trails, winter sledding and cross-country skiing, a “waterfall” for little ones to play in, and a group of Friends of Lovelace Park that assists city crews in park maintenance. It also holds many parties, get-togethers and is the site of winter ice rescue training by the Fire Department.
And yes, there were puddles on the walking path necessitating detours over the little hills, often slippery. And yes too, there was the standing water in the Lovelace Meadow, an area north of the sledding hill, which stayed unmowed last year, to help with the at-times standing water and to provide habitat for pollinators and other organisms.
Unfortunately, the City decided that the solution to deal with the standing water issue is to regrade the entire area, install a sewer with a pipe going into the pond which is intended to drain the area (unless the pond overflows, in which case the pipe will also be underwater).
Check out how successful the work has been as of Oct. 29. I know it’s a work in progress, but I doubt there will be any grass before next spring