By JIM MAURER
A cabin at Blanchard River Nature Preserve, near Mount Blanchard, will be demolished, the Hancock Park District board decided Tuesday.
Gary Pruitt, director of the park district, requested the action because of the building’s condition, because it blocks the view of the river and surrounding landscape, and the park district “has no use” for the building. Appliances and utilities are being removed, he said.
Board Chairman Gary Hirschfeld said he viewed the structure and said it was small and had been “patched” with room additions over the years. He said there is a urine odor throughout the building, too.
He agreed the building should be demolished, as it is “nothing but trouble” from a maintenance standpoint.
Pruitt said a garage at the location will remain.
Separately, Pruitt said two barns will be removed at Aeraland Recreation Area, north of Arcadia, at no cost to the park district, and the removal will reduce maintenance at the location.
The park district will still have the barn foundations and some remains to remove, along with tennis court and basketball court surfaces, he said.
A barn at the Bright conservation property near Riverbend Recreation Area will be removed, too, Pruitt said.
Separately, Bill Patch, park district horticulturist, will become park operations manager. He will replace Dan Boyd, who is retiring June 1.
The board took a brief walking tour of Riverbend with Kim Wickman, park manager, and Scott Egbert, assistant manager. The board will continue to tour park district properties during future meetings.
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