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Monday, November 16, 2015

Historic Preservation Commission takes up Cedar Brook Park improvements

Union County's Cedar Brook Park is on the State
and National Registers of Historic Places.

Plainfield's Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) does its work mostly quietly and off the center stage -- working with residents in the historic districts on matters affecting the exterior appearance of their properties.

This usually means porches, windows, roofs, fences and such.

But, in addition to the historic districts, the HPS has responsibility for overseeing changes to the appearance of landmarked properties outside the historic districts.

Under new business, Tuesday's meeting will take up the largest landmarked property in the city, as Union County officials present a proposal for improvements at Cedar Brook Park, which is on the State and National Registers.

Designed by the famed Olmsted firm, Cedar Brook Park is one of the Union County parks they were commissioned to design in the 1920s. A portion of the site was formerly the town garbage dump.

Union County is proposing to construct two synthetic turf fields at the heavily used park, as well as spectator bleachers, lighting and fencing.

The public is invited to attend the presentation and may ask questions concerning the proposal.

The Historic Preservation Commission meeting is Tuesday, November 17, at 7:30 PM in City Hall Library. Parking and entrance at the rear of the building.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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