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Learn about what you can do to help make our lakeshore in Glencoe the pristine spot it could be. Thanks for visiting!

Learn about what you can do to help make our lakeshore in Glencoe the pristine spot it could be. Thanks for visiting!

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Help Restore Dell Place Ravine Help Restore Dell Place Ravine Presentation Transcript

  • Welcome toGlencoe DunesNatural AreaA Treasure in Our Community
  • This is the only publicly-owned ravineenvironment in our
  • This is the only publicly-owned ravineenvironment in our The ravine terminates atthe lakefront, where ittransitions to a classicdune landscape.This landscape includessea grass, shifting dunesand a natural stormwater seep or swale.
  • This has been publicland since the early
  • This has been publicland since the earlyThese road-end naturalareas have remained inpublic hands for the useand quiet enjoyment ofGlencoe residents.Like all Village-ownedproperty, our taxessupport themaintenance andsupervision of this land.
  • Spruce Street Access, Neighboring house, SpruceWinnetka St. ROW, Winnetka.
  • Municipally-owned public access areas are not uniqueto our community. They are common along the NorthShore.In other villages some road-end parks and access aremaintained by village governments to the satisfaction ofimmediate neighbors and open to all residents.Spruce Street Access, Neighboring house, SpruceWinnetka St. ROW, Winnetka.
  • Highland Park is completing an important ravineand lake access restoration at Ravine Way thisyear...
  • Highland Park sought natural partners to fund thisproject, which restores a link between lake andravines, while maintaining public access.
  • For reasons that are not entirely clear, villagestewardship of our public access points has driftedtoward neglect. Text
  • Neighboring properties treat the public land like a sewer. Invasive species limit sunlight and also contribute to erosion. This public land and all the private ravines on our lakefront draininto our drinking water source. Private home rigs drains across public property (left). Storm sewer incapacitated by erosion (above)
  • The neglected appearanceand shrubberysurrounding the top of theravine sends a messagethat this is an isolated areawhere lawlessness istolerated.Signage and posted ruleshave been lacking, as hasvillage enforcement.Erosion and rubble at thebottom of the ravinediscourages land access tothe dunes area, and limitssupervision by PublicSafety and other Villageemployees.
  • Surrounding municipalities endorse the idea that safe accessto these public lands is preferable to obstructed access.
  • “The teenagers will get through anything, even a fence. It is better to have a safe situation that allows resident and police access. That is the best enforcement situation,”said a professional from a neighboring community.
  • Spruce Street access, Winnetka.Flag pole denotes line between public access and private lawn.
  • Winnetka partners with residents to maintain publicaccess, parking, and storm water improvements. Spruce Street Spruce Street access,Winnetka access,Winnetka
  • Even in our owncommunity we havepublic stairs thatprovide safe accessdown the bluff.
  • Even in our owncommunity we havepublic stairs thatprovide safe accessdown the bluff.These stairs werebuilt at minimalcost, and hide a newstorm water runoffsystem underneath.
  • Glencoe is blessed with a unique landscape where ravinestreams flow across our Great Lakes shoreline.
  • Glencoe is blessed with a unique landscape where ravine streams flow across our Great Lakes shoreline. To be good stewards of this lakefront ecosystem we need to understand how these ravine/lake relationships preserve the quality of our water and the quality of our community. Glencoe Dunes provides us with that natural outdoorclassroom.
  • Neighbors forget that this is a natural area, not a manicured park.Debris washes up naturally on beaches and isn’t always the resultof visitors.Glencoe Park District’s beautiful lakefront beach is raked bymachinery three mornings a week. It is a place for recreation,rather than study.
  • Please a attend the September 15, 2011 VillageBoard meeting and ask the Trustees to support safeand open access to Dell Place ravine and dunes.Urge the Board to partner with the special taskforce we’re creating to study preservation andrestoration of this property, including privatepartnerships and funding.
  • If the vote were today, the majority of Board Memberswould choose to close this access.Please come to the September 15th meeting andsupport safe and open access to the Dell Placeravine and dunes.
  • Do we really want to see this repeated on September 15th? Public access closed, Harbor Street, Glencoe
  • Or this?
  • Or This… Public park, view and bluff fenced in by privatehomeowner with the consent of the village administration. South Avenue, Glencoe.
  • The blue lines show the 130 feet of public tableland fenced as side yard forthe home at 381 Lakeside Terrace, with Village permission, and without rent payment.
  • The blue lines show the 130 feet of public tableland fenced as side yard forthe home at 381 Lakeside Terrace, with Village permission, and without rent payment.
  • We have too many fences!Let’s restore this natural area and make it a jewel in our vi!age.
  • This is a project that needs careful attention and partnerships between governing bodies and private organizations. Required storm water management upgrades, grants from Lake Michigan interests, conservation easements, and anactive volunteer corps would make this property unique on the North Shore.
  • Glencoe Dunes Natural Area is a unique resource for Glencoe.Let’s maintain it for teaching, research, and quiet enjoyment.
  • Thank you.