Do you think it's important that the Harley Clarke mansion remains in public hands? If so, our friends at the Evanston Parks and Lakefront Alliance say now is the time to make sure your Alderman, Mayor and City Manager know it.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is currently negotiating with the City to purchase the Harley Clarke mansion to house the IDNR Coastal Management public education program and offices. This use is consistent with the goals of the Evanston Lakefront Master Plan, unanimously passed by the City Council in 2008.
We think this is a great way to keep this beautiful property in public ownership, while providing a path to restore and maintain it for years to come.
But what happens if IDNR decides to sell the property someday? We'd like to ensure that the property remains in public hands, and we think this should be part of the terms of its sale.
If you agree, please contact your city officials. You can look up your ward and contact your alderman here.
Your support makes a huge difference.