Supporters and opponents of the Wilmette Park District’s proposed temporary ice rink at Thornwood Park will get another chance to present their arguments Nov. 2, when the district requests a special use permit for rink lights from the municipal Zoning Board of Appeals.
The board, which is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m., will send its recommendation to Wilmette village trustees, who could make a final decision on the request at their Nov. 22 Village Board meeting, Park District Director Steve Wilson said Monday.
Although the district needs no special zoning variances to build the rink itself, it does require the special use permit in order to erect temporary lighting.
Park commissioners approved the project at a special meeting Sept. 26, despite the often angry opposition it generated from dozens of area residents who fear it will change the quiet nature of Thornwood. Park neighbors also worry the rink could present drainage and flooding problems in the area.
Rink proponents, however, tout the temporary edifice — which would be open for roughly three winter months — as a healthy and attractive way for children and families to enjoy so-called pond and pickup hockey games, as well as recreational skating.