Lowell has proud past, bright future

2013-06-12T00:00:00Z 2013-06-13T22:31:07Z Lowell has proud past, bright futureBy Sue Peterson nwitimes.com
June 12, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Lowell is in West Creek and Cedar Creek townships. As of the 2010 census, there were 9,276 people living here. The town encompasses a little more than 5 square miles.

From its beginning in 1852, when Melvin Halsted platted the first 16 lots, Lowell has continued to grow and prosper. We celebrated our sesquicentennial in 2002. Excellent public service and education are key to the town’s growth.

The pace of Lowell’s growth has been instrumental to the charm and success of the town. There has been steady growth in the residential and commercial buildings.

We have had several new residential developments in the recent past, and the Town Council has annexed them as they have come in. There are many great options for families to put down roots in Lowell.

The town is also seeking to advance employment options. George’s Family Restaurant, at 1910 E. Commercial Ave., is constructing a new banquet hall, Signature Banquets, next to its current restaurant. Manager John Kouimanis, has said the hall has a projected opening scheduled for late July.

Also coming soon is a nursing home owned by the Trilogy Group, a professional medical center and new retail stores. Town building administrator Tom Trulley has reported the number of building permits issued this year so far is the highest it’s been since 2007.

Lowell has three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. We also have our own police department, fire department, ambulance service, dispatching and library all within the town. For years now, the Red Devils football program has been a source of pride and entertainment for the Lowell community.

Lowell has always maintained its small town charm with the historic downtown, but is only 50 miles from downtown Chicago.

Lowell is a town with plenty of green space for recreation, for leisure and sports. The town parks are maintained by the Street Department. There is also a dog park located within Freedom Park on Cline Avenue. There are many wonderful programs available for all age groups through the parks and recreation department.

Our recreation coordinator, Kathy Fenner, is always on the lookout for fun activities for all ages. Some of the activities sponsored by the Parks Department are the Easter Egg Hunt, summer camp, the Halloween Monster March, the Christmas “Parade of Lights” and visiting with Santa Claus.

Also, to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and through a community development block grant, the town is updating Liberty Park with new playground equipment and installing ADA-compliant curb ramps at various intersections in town.

Our town also has the distinction of having the longest continuous running Labor Day Parade. The tradition began in 1919 as a welcome home for the World War I veterans and has continued, which is a huge source of pride for the town. This year will mark the 94th running of the Labor Day Parade.

Through a collaborative effort of the town, Tri-Creek School Corp. and the Lake County Solid Waste District, there will be kick- off program this fall to bring recycling awareness to the community. As part of this effort, the theme of this year’s Labor Day Parade will be “We’re Dreaming Green."

For information on how to place an entry in the parade this year, call (219) 696-7794 ext. 16.

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