Area Residents Sound Off on Towne Park Improvements

Algonquin-Lake in the HIlls Patch Facebook users share their thoughts on improvements underway for Towne Park in Algonquin.

Algonquin’s Western Bypass will change the face of downtown, including Towne Park.

The landmark park sits feet away from the bypass construction and is closed while construction is underway. Any construction-related damage will be repaired before it reopens, said Michael Kumbera, assistant to the village manager.

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Improvements include the realignment of Crystal Creek and a new pedestrian bridge over the creek, near the entrance of Jefferson Street, Kumbera said. 

Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Patch Facebook users sounded off this past week on the improvements. Here is what they had to say

  • "Not too many shaded parks around here sadly, which is why we liked it so much. Even when they open it back up, they cut down so many trees and now there will be noise and exhaust right next to it."
  • "Those mammoth oak trees are what made the park so wonderful. Shade in the summer, piles of leaves to jump in during autumn. I hope it can be retained somewhat."
  • "I feel as devastated as the park is (and shall remain), not to mention how all the residents nearby must feel. Sorry, but in this economy and just in general, this bypass was a stupid thing to do (except for those who are making big bucks on this debacle)."
  • "They've absolutely destroyed it, and for what? Is that stupid bypass really going to relieve the congestion at 31 & 62? I doubt it!"
  • "The whole surrounding area (hills, forests, streams, neighborhoods) has been forever destroyed. Greedy idiots always choose the most beautiful places to mess up."

What do you think about the Towne Park improvements? Sound off in the comments section below.

Linda Diehl April 05, 2013 at 03:16 AM
The only way to relieve rt 62 and rt31 traffic is with another bridge. Look at mchenry they have 3 bridges over the river.
Soonwinner April 05, 2013 at 04:23 AM
The new bridge that will relieve the most traffic in Algonquin is at the end of Route 25 and across to Klasen Road. But it will not be built because of a dozen homeowners with huge political clout at that location. 34 years ago, when we moved to Algonquin, there were stories and plans about this bridge then the topic disappeared. The Algonquin Bypass is an expensive mirage that will not decrease westbound traffic on Algonquin Road.
Larry Miglore April 05, 2013 at 12:47 PM
We already have a Route 31 bypass, it's called Randall Rd. When they get thruogh widening and extending Route 31, the "Western Bypass" will be a monument to fiasco like the Riverview Park bypass on Western Aveune in the city.
melody April 05, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Do you think they could leave some downtown Algonquin 'beauty' and perhaps get rid of the neon Fortune Teller signs? hmmm, I wonder why no one wants to purchase/rent the ghost town condos?? Talk about eye sores!
Lisa Guidarini April 05, 2013 at 05:30 PM
When we moved to Algonquin - almost 20 years ago - we did so not just because we were able to buy a bigger house and land for our $ but also because there was a certain small town charm. While some improvements have been made - like the areas along the river - the place is becoming less and less desirable all the time. If we were buying a house now we'd never choose this town. There's that huge white elephant condo/apartment complex (which will wind up being torn down, left an empty lot for years, and we all know it), cash for gold stores, a sketchy fortune teller and the empty lot where the used car business used to be. And don't get me started on the "bypass" or the length of time Edgewood Drive was closed, so the re-paving company could squeeze out more money. The town's quickly becoming a pit. So much for home values.
JB April 05, 2013 at 07:15 PM
For all of you that are unhappy MOVE
Soonwinner April 06, 2013 at 02:33 AM
The Bypass makes the construction business happy. Makes the politicians happy. Makes the lawyers, engineers, surveyors and similar construction leeches happy. But it will not make one driver happy, I guarantee.


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