DeKALB – A land swap between DeKalb’s park district and sanitary district will add 4 acres to Hopkins Park.
The DeKalb Sanitary District leased a little more than four acres of land to the park district in exchange for the park district giving it a strip of land it owned near Hollister Avenue.
The addition brings the total space at Hopkins Park to more than 82 acres.
“Whenever we get the opportunity to add more green area, we want to,” DeKalb Park District Board President Phil Young said. “I think this is the best thing for the district to do.”
The newly-acquired property runs along the north side of Hollister near the baseball diamonds in Hopkins Park. DeKalb park commissioners approved two 50-year leases that give the district the option to purchase the land for $10 at any time.
The sanitary district had no plans for the property, district manager Mark Eddington said, but was slowly acquiring properties near Hollister for new wastewater treatment facilities. The strip of land from the park district better fits into the district’s plans, he said.
Young said various uses for the new park land, including a sledding hill, trail expansion or as a site for a small recreation facility have been discussed, but officials likely won’t decide how to use the property for a couple of years. He said the park board would seek public opinion before making a permanent decision.
In the meantime, Young said park district staff would likely remove a fence on the property and add some mulch.
“It’s all up in the air,” Young said. “What we’re going to do now is see what we can come up with.”