part of the annexation agreement in 1995 with the village of
Metamora, James and Cindy Garber agreed to donate a 1.393 acre
parcel for a park located in the Brighton Park subdivision. This
parcel was deeded to the village in 1999 and stood vacant until
2005. Village officials discussed what to do with the land and even
considered selling it. As a result, residents of the subdivision
with the support of local businesses and village residents began a
push to get this land transferred to the park district.
Local residents wrote a successful Illinois Department of Natural
Resources OSLAD grant application, and along with major contributor
MTCO and many individuals, raised the money needed to develop the
2007, the park was built and now includes a playground, a gazebo,
and a basketball court.
History and photo submitted by Shirley A. Adams and John Heinz.