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Woodstock approves purchase of land adjacent to Emricson Park

City plans to use property to build pollinator garden

A bumble bee collects pollen from a white dutch clover June 10, 2015, in Crystal Lake.
A bumble bee collects pollen from a white dutch clover June 10, 2015, in Crystal Lake.

The Woodstock City Council has decided to buy a parcel of land near Emricson Park.

Council members voted on the item without discussion Tuesday.

The 0.75-acre parcel is adjacent to the South Street entrance to Emricson Park and was being marketed for single-family home construction.

The city now will use grant funding to plant pollinator perennials and other landscaping on the property, according to city documents.

“It has been felt that construction of a home at this close juncture to the park entrance would compromise the integrity of a highly used entrance to the city’s main public park,” Terry Willcockson, Woodstock’s grants and communications manager, said in a note to council members.

The vacant land originally was listed at $39,000 before it was lowered to $29,000. An appraisal reflected a value of $22,000.

The city offered to pay $22,000, and the sellers countered with a $27,000 price, according to city documents.

Woodstock received a $3,800 grant that it will use toward the landscaping efforts, according to city documents.

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County will partner with the city to design the pollinator meadow.

Heartland Realtors, which provided the grant, will help with the planting, according to city documents.

“The project will be low-maintenance seeding of perennial pollinator plants that require high mowing three times a year, the first three years only,” Willcockson wrote. “Included will be some shrubs or small trees defining the boundary to the south.”

A small seating area will be included.

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