Chandler Park

Chandler Park Sign
3:39 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Much Anticipated Art Installed in Macomb Park

Matt Myers posed in front of the pillars as the sign/artwork was being installed
Credit Rich Egger

Crews from Laverdiere Construction installed a roughly 1,500 pound sign on top of the northwest pillars in Chandler Park on December 5. The black, classically ornate sign is made of recycled metal. It was created by local artist Matt Myers.

“My stuff generally gets sent off to other states and I never see them again,” Myers said. “Macomb is my adopted hometown so it’s good to have something here.”

Mayor Mike Inman said it’s an ideal place for a sign given the amount of traffic that goes by the park every day on Highways 136 and 67.

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Fun in the Sun
12:42 pm
Sun September 30, 2012

Jazz and Art in Macomb

The Ann Collins Trio featured saxophonist Keith DiSantis during the 2012 Al Sears Jazz Festival
Rich Egger

Chandler Park was the place to be on a sun-kissed Saturday as the Al Sears Jazz Festival, the Gazebo Arts Festival, and the Friends of the Library book sale drew crowds throughout the day.

John Miller is impressed with what he saw. Miller is a jazz musician who performs with The Romaniacs and The Dixie Daredevils. He thinks it’s a brilliant idea to combine the jazz and arts festivals.

“A lot of people come out who normally may not listen to jazz. This may be their first exposure. So to me that’s smart,” Miller said.

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Macomb's Chandler Park
11:58 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Signs Cluttering View of Park

Banners on the Chandler Park fence
Rich Egger

Macomb is facing the same problem the Five Man Electrical Band sang about in 1971: “Signs, Signs, Everywhere there's signs, Blocking out the scenery, Breaking my mind.”

Macomb's issue is with all the signs being hung from the Chandler Park fence. It's a great location to hang a banner because it's right along the highway and across the street from the train depot. Numerous organizations have started placing banners there to promote various causes and events. But the city has a problem with the practice.

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Facing the Storm
7:31 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Details Set for Macomb Women's Statue

A statuette and drawing of the memorial
Rich Egger

Aldermen will be asked during their September 17 meeting to approve a plan for placing a new statue in the southwest part of Chandler Park.

“This memorial will celebrate women,” said Tina Belz of the Macomb Women's Club. “It will be a source of ongoing understanding of the value of women's contributions to our community.”

The agreement between the club and the city also establishes the dimensions of the statue and its surrounding plaza.

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40th Anniversary
6:46 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Macomb Beautiful Association Marks Milestone

Macomb Beautiful Association maintains the window boxes at the Macomb Travel Center
Rich Egger

The Macomb Beautiful Association will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a public reception on Wednesday, September 12, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm at the West Central Illinois Arts Center, 25 East Side Square.

MBA President Rosemary Aten said the group maintains the memorial gardens in Chandler Park. It also maintains a memorial garden and the flower boxes at the Macomb Travel Center, and it provides the Christmas trees and lights for Chandler Park and the depot.

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Bollards & Floodlights
9:48 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

More Lighting for Macomb's Chandler Park

Bollards are already installed in the southern part of Chandler Park

It took some sorting out, but Macomb aldermen eventually agreed to have more lights installed at Chandler Park before next month's Heritage Days celebration.

Eleven electrical bollards will be added to the north side of the park. Bollards were installed in the southern portion of the park last year.

In addition, floodlights will be installed at the Chandler monument and the Civil War monument.

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