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Letter: Keep park open

To the Editor:

My wife and I have been residents of Oswego for over 40 years. When we met in 1971, I was living with my parents, in Oswego, in a house they were renting from man by the name of Jack Pfund.

The property was on a beautiful wooded 1.4-acre lot. Upon Mr. Pfund’s death, the property was willed to the Oswegoland Park District to be used as a reflecting park, named after Mr. Pfund. The house was eventually torn down and Pfund Park was used by the area as a place for reflection, access to Waubonsee Creek, as well as a safe pathway to the high school and Walgreens.

My wife and I purchased the house that was built on a portion of the old property, with Pfund Park behind us. One day we came home to find a fence that had been erected, closing off access to the park. After contacting the village, we learned that the park had been sold for one dollar to the township with plans to expand Pearce Cemetery.

We also found out that we, as neighbors of the park, were supposed to be notified before any changes would be made. This never happened and a portion of the fence was illegally installed.

We have initiated a petition, with over 100 signatures, objecting to the park’s closing. We have been actively protesting this action, for almost a year now, at the park district, township, zoning commission, and village meetings. As of last week’s zoning commission meeting, the vote for a zoning variance was a tie, 2 yes and 2 no. Now it is up to the village to decide at their next meeting on Feb. 20.

I find it appalling that the wishes of the few elected officials are more valuable than the wishes of the taxpaying majority.

Frank Carney

Oswego

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