To the editor:
Dear Commissioners – I am a lifelong resident who loves Glen Ellyn. Thank you for the work you do. I have never complained, but I feel I need to say something because I am so passionate about this. Lake Ellyn is the jewel of the town. In my opinion, the preservation efforts that take over half of the park are just not working – I was told by Dan Hopkins to give it two years, it will look great with this attached photo he sent.
We are in year three of this experiment and it is clearly nothing like the photo – it’s not working. … We have lost so much usable park space. It’s supposed to be a park not a forest preserve. Half the park is absolutely unusable, an eyesore and a mess that attracts bugs. I walked through the path last week to take a closer look and it’s not working – honestly, I ended up with insect bites all over me.
In my opinion, it also seems really strange to put the picnic area in the middle of weeds that attract bugs and rodents. Just one walk through this and it’s clear it’s not effective. …
Please reconsider this. I have talked to horticulturalists and the canopy of trees will never bring the results in the photo. Also, why are trees being added to further reduce usability and the canopy problem we face? There are better options to solve the erosion problem. Trim the trees, it’s a simple solution. I did it in my backyard and it works. Please consider cutting this area back. It takes up way too much of the park. We are now left with a playground and a small area near the road on Hawthorne. I know many others feel as I do, and we ask you to please reconsider and compromise.