We believe it is possible to allow more citizens to visit and enjoy the dunes and parkland- and eliminate any future financial risk to the City.
The vision proposed here is to recover the natural landscape of the Harley Clarke Estate as a living laboratory that enhances Lighthouse Landing Park- resulting into an expanded green space for the City of Evanston.
The landscape would be restored and invasive species would be removed from the dunes. We are hopeful that “phase II” of this plan could be collaborative and community driven in focus. Involvement from the Garden Club, ETHS Green Team, Evanston Environmental Association and others could offer addition expertise and guidance for the restoration and naturalization of the dunes.
Benefits of the plan:
- free, inclusive environment for all residents
- enhancement of the visual impact of the Grosse Point Lighthouse, a historic and iconic symbol of Evanston
- expansion of the natural ecosystem that increases habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife
- partnership with existing Ecology Center programming to use the recently renovated fog houses as educational spaces and laboratories for community-wide educational offerings
- a 20% increase in parking, while still decreasing existing blacktop, reducing the carbon footprint and returning the land to as it looked when the Lighthouse was built