Westchester adding fountain, garden to intersection
Updated: October 1, 2012 6:08AM
WESTCHESTER — The village has begun a project to beautify the northeast corner of the intersection of Cermak and Mannheim Roads.
The Forest Preserve District of Cook County granted the permission July 24 to use its land for a fountain and gardens. The village will dedicate the fountain and gardens to police, fire, emergency medical services, Sept. 11 heroes and soldiers in a ceremony Sept. 8.
“We started constructing it last week; we had wanted to be doing it in April,” Village President Sam Pulia said. “This will make it a more inviting corner.”
Pulia said the area would be complete with the addition of 1925 streetlights and plants from Westchester’s garden club.
The town, with the help of a few high school student working toward the Sheriff’s Youth Service Medal of Honor, has also painted guardrails on Gladstone Street red.
“We’re dressing up the town and making it more aesthetic,” Pulia said.
Receipt of the medal requires 100 service hours in one year.
Police Chief April Padalik said there were about 400 participants at National Night Out, an event designed to promote crime and drug prevention awareness and strengthen the relationship between citizens and law enforcement. The department has also acquired two new squad cars and a 2012 Ford Explorer through a grant.
UPDATED: Sept. 4 to correct which corner of the intersection the project is on.