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. For a more
approach try Shinrin-yoku, the Japanese art of
bathing, essentially immersing all your senses in your forest
Please click here for NPR's feature entitled "Forest Bathing: A Retreat To
Nature Can Boost Immunity And Mood" or perhaps consult
Wikipedia under “Nature Therapy” to learn more about this relaxing
to appreciate our woodlands.
Local outdoor recreation areas are
generally open for hiking, walking and running, with some exceptions.
Downers Grove Park District
–– All Park District facilities and
programs are temporarily closed. Parks
remain open for walking, jogging, and hiking. Areas designed for group
activities such as playgrounds, courts and sports fields are off
updates at dgparks.org/news/DISTRICTCLOSED
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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1846 Blodgett House
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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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 this
year 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 have now been suspended for the time being. The
next Saturday afternoon tour is scheduled on June 27th.
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
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& Wally Brown Honored
organizations and individuals joined forces to honor Betty M. Cheever
and Wallace H. (Wally) Brown (June
16, 1928 - April 23, 2019) with
tribute benches in Lyman Woods
Preserve. A celebration of Betty Cheever's and Wally Brown's community
leadership took place on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Lyman Woods
Interpretative Center. Please click
here to learn more about this event and the tribute benches honoring
Betty Cheever and the late Wally Brown.
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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.