Deicke Park Discovery Zone
By Stephan Kelly, Editor (as seen in Landscape Architect and Specifier News Magazine, October 2012, Volume 28, Number 10)
Huntley, Ill. (pop. 24,291) is a village about 50 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. Fun fact: Woodstock, a neighboring town just 11 miles to the north, stood in for Punxsutawney, Penn. for the film “Groundhog Day.”
The older section of Huntley is in keeping with the village vernacular. There’s a public square and gazebo; Woodstock Street, just west of the square is brick-paved. Huntley’s slogan is “The friendly village with country charm.”
Just southeast of the square across Route 47 is the Huntley Park District. Its main founders, Edwin Deicke and his wife Lois, donated $35,000 to purchase part of Donahue’s Woods, and donated 28 acres to create the park district. Mr. Deicke served as one of the first board members of the park district, ...