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McCullom Lake to host grand opening of its new park Sunday

McCullom Lake will be celebrating the grand opening of its new park Sunday.

The park, named Zender Land, is located at Knollwood and Parkview drives.

McCullom Lake Trustee Dana Glave said Zender Land was made possible by a $5,000 grant from the McHenry County Community Foundation that was approved in March 2015.

The property was donated by former McHenry County resident Francie Zender with the stipulation that it get made into a park. The village tore down the dilapidated house that was on the property while leaving the garage as a temporary storage unit.

Glave said it was a community effort getting the park ready, as a lot of the park’s materials, such as its benches, were donated and made by volunteers.

“All the plants were also planted by volunteers, and all the mulch was donated from local businesses,” Glave said.

Glave said the village plans to add to the park in the future and eventually wants to put in a swing set for the kids.

“We don’t have a playground there right now, but we have a tetherball set and hopscotch in the meantime,” Glave said.

The park is dog-friendly, as long as dogs are on a leash.

Zender Land unofficially opened to the public earlier this year, but Glave said the official grand-opening event will celebrate all the donations and the numerous volunteers who helped in the park development.

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