Saturday, May 17, 2008

Trains and Butterflies

Appearing soon at Festival Park. This is the train that will take children for rides around the park. The photo was taken at the Elgin Public Works Open House on Saturday, May 17th. A ride will cost $1 although it might be free during some special events.

The trackless Wattman Mini Express Train is 3 feet wide by 33 feet long. The train holds up to 24 passengers.

The kids are right in the middle of the action as Mayor Schock sets the butterflies free into their new paradise at the corner of Ann and Douglas. The new butterfly garden is the result of the collaboration between the City of Elgin and the NorthEast Neighborhood Association (NENA).

Some links
The Butterfly WebSite
Children's Butterfly Site
Butterfly - Wikipedia

Bike Racks and More...

New bike racks have been installed on DuPage Court. Two racks in the style of old fashioned "high wheel" bikes bookend the court. Other bike rack locations here.
Six loop racks dot the court.
A new restaurant called Mad Maggies is coming soon at the Grove Ave side of the court and Al's Cafe has a new projecting sign over on the Spring St side.
One more thing...

The new trees are in on Grove Ave, a welcome sight. So ride your bike down to DuPage Court and have a malt, take in the sights and sometime in the future you can have a pizza too.