Restoring Native Areas
Downers Grove has an
active program to establish native vegetation in appropriate locations
around the village. Recent areas converted or in the process of being
converted to native
vegetation include the retention area south of 2nd St. at Florence, the
Belmont BNSF underpass area, and the corner of Fairview and Austin. Restoring native
vegetation in these areas helps
retain stormwater, lowers maintenance
costs, provides a valuable resource for pollinator species, and a
colorful display of wildflowers and native plants through three
here to see a short video about this program.
Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance supports and encourages the Village
with these projects through volunteer work and assistance with grant
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COVID-19 and the
A visit to a local
park or forest preserve can be a nice break from the
routine of “sheltering in place” during the COVID-19 emergency. A brisk
walk or run can be a good way to get your steps in. Local outdoor
recreation areas are
generally open for hiking, walking and running, with some exceptions.
Downers Grove Park District
–– The Park District
the reopening of some programs, services and amenities under Phase 4 of
updates at dgparks.org/news/together-again
County Forest Preserves –– The
preserves are open including parking lots, trails, and off-leash
dog areas. Buildings and restrooms are closed.
At some facilities, the buildings are closed but grounds and
surrounding areas are open: Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center,
Mayslake Peabody Estate, and St. James Farm.
and updates at dupageforest.org/coronavirus
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Improved Village Facilities
Council is considering various options for improved village
facilities. The discussion of these options at the council
meeting March 10th included a good
deal of public comment. Chair Ken
Lerner spoke then on behalf of Pierce Downer's Heritage
Ken stressed the importance of
taking the long view, saying, "So if we're going to build a building,
let's do it right, and build it in a way that will enable us to use it
for a long time. That includes (a) allowing for future growth, and (b)
making those investments in sustainability that will pay off over the
long run in areas such as energy savings or storm water management." Please click here for more
information about options under consideration and to read Ken's
statement in full.
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1846 Blodgett House
inside the 1846 Blodgett House started on Saturday, December
14, during last year's Merry and Bright celebration
at the Downers Grove Museum, 831 Maple Avenue.
to community-wide support the 1846 Blodgett House has come a long way
during the past decade, well beyond its initial journey from Randall
Street onto the Park District's Museum Campus. Substantial progress
toward completion of the building's interior has been achieved in 2019
as a result of two major grants. The house now looks really great !
Come to look
around inside the 1846 Blodgett House before long. Regular
monthly tours are once again being offered. The
next Saturday afternoon tour is scheduled on August 29th.
Attendance is quite
limited so please sign
up for your tour in advance on the Park District's registration page.
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Village's historic preservation program was revised in 2015,
contributing to an increased interest in landmarking homes and other
structures. Since then twenty-six historic features have been granted
local landmark status in Downers Grove –– nine structures in 2016,
another nine in 2017, four more in 2018 and four historic features in
Village Council unanimously approved
landmark status on December 10, 2019
for the John and Doris Mochel House, 5329 Meadow Lane at the
request of Louise and Peter Trucano. Please click here to learn about this Mid-Century Modern home that was built in 1964.
Village Council unanimously approved landmark status on July 9th
for the Robert J. Darnley House, 4721 Highland Avenue, at
the request of Ted and Andrea Anderson. Please click here to learn about this Craftsman
Cottage home that was built circa 1904.
On April 16th landmark
for the Village owned Main Street Cemetery, 5158 Main Street, was
unanimously approved by the Village Council following a request by the
Historical Society. Learn about this source of civic
pride and identity that was established in 1856 by clicking here.
Village Council unanimously approved landmark status on February 5,
for the H. M. Patton House, 5 Jacqueline Drive, at
the request of Judith M. Erickson. Please click here to learn about this English Country
Revival home that was built circa 1927.
click here to read about the presentation to Friends Of The Edwards
House of the 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for
click here for a complete listing of the 28 historic features that have
local landmark status in Downers Grove.
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& Wally Brown Honored
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Alliance Mission Statement
Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance
is committed to sound and sustainable environmental practices;
protection and appreciation of our community's outstanding natural
features, such as Lyman Woods and Belmont Prairie; and preservation of
significant cultural traditions, including the rich architectural
heritage of Downers Grove.
The Alliance works to promote appreciation, protection and enhancement
of our community's natural and cultural heritage through education,
advocacy, stewardship and community outreach.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
801 Burlington Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515