Save Highcrest Tree Grove!

The Wilmette Park District and Village of Wilmette have disclosed additional details of their storm water management plan, which includes clearcutting an ENTIRE GROVE of cherished trees to install a massive underground reservoir behind Highcrest Middle School.

This grove has served generations of Wilmette residents as an area of beauty and shade for neighbors, users of the Park, and Highcrest students. Not to mention, these 31 trees act as natural storage vessels for excess water. Likely up to 100 years old, the grove will not be able to be replaced in any of our lifetimes.  Additionally, after the reservoir is placed, new trees and large shrubs will not be able to be planted above the enormous concrete tank. In an age where climate change is occurring at a terrifying rate, removing trees that help mitigate carbon dioxide is unacceptable.

We support a solution for storm-water management. However, this must be done in a less destructive way. Engineers commissioned by the Village of Wilmette have actually provided a more affordable plan, saving both the trees and taxpayer money. 

Alarmingly, the environmental impacts of the proposed projects have not been fully studied, despite many residents demanding more information. 

Sign this petition and raise your voice to save the trees now!


COME AND BE PRESENT to support this cause at the next Wilmette Park Board Meeting on Monday, August 12 at 7:30pm!

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Update #5about a year ago
Tonight the Wilmette Park Board Finally Votes on the Fate of the Highcrest Grove
Village Hall @ 7:30 pm - 2nd Floor - APPEAR ON BEHALF OF THE TREES
Update #4about a year ago
Preserve Highcrest Grove! - 430 Wilmette Supporters and counting agree!
8/12 @ Wilmette Village Hall @ 7:30 pm - Show Up! Stand up! Speak up!
Contain Drainage/Contain Cost - $800,000 for More Playfields? @7/28 Rally-100 Residents say No!
- Weigh in on the collision of Park Character vs Maximized Utility Culture -
Update #3about a year ago
Attend a Rally in the Highcrest Grove scheduled for this Sunday, July 28th from 3pm to 5 pm in the Park. Join us....Be present …. step up and speak out for the trees!
Update #2about a year ago
260 Wilmette supporters have signed with great comments to help save the Highcrest Grove trees. The whole world is watching and weighing in... comments are coming in from all over the world now. Saving these trees is a local issue; saving as many trees and planting more is a global issue. Now over 500 total supporters have joined and signed with us. Spread the word.
The Wilmette Village Board meets again next Tuesday, July 23rd @ 7 pm... Stand with us and have them hear your voice!
Update #1about a year ago

Within 24 hours of the launch of our petition, we now have 86 SUPPORTERS in Wilmette with a total of 196 SUPPORTERS!

Please keep reaching out to more people in Wilmette that wish to preserve the character of the community playfields (formerly known as Locust Park) and protect the Highcrest Grove of trees!


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