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Park district staff to hear revised Kiwanis Park plan early next year

DeKALB – Two proposals on how to make Kiwanis Park in DeKalb more community-oriented will be combined into one and presented to the DeKalb Park District staff for review Jan. 5.

Upland Design, a Plainfield-based landscape architecture firm hired to create a master plan for the park, presented two concepts for the park, which has primarily been used for its soccer space, during a special November meeting.

Each concept includes a number of similar features, including a loop trail, multipurpose fields, handicapped-accessible bathrooms and a small storage or utility room. Some of the most requested features have been walking grounds and a splash pad.

This private meeting between staff and Upland Design will factor in community input on these features from a public meeting that took place in November.

Michelle Kelly, principal landscape architect with Upland Design, said there was a lot of great input and open dialogue from the hearing.

“I think a lot of things in Plan A and B are going to be in C,” Kelly said.

However, DeKalb Park District Executive Director Amy Doll said one feature that likely will not be included in a final plan is a 7-acre dog park introduced in one of the concepts.

“The consensus of the group was that [Kiwanis Park] was probably not the best place for a dog park,” Doll said. “It seems like the next iteration will most likely not include a dog park, although there was a lot of support for one in DeKalb.”

After this meeting, another public hearing will be scheduled to gain feedback on the revised plan before a master plan is drawn and approved. Doll said no date has been yet for this hearing .

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