Courtesy of Village of Oak Park

Ridgeland Avenue detour likely to be longer than anticipated

The temporary detour on Ridgeland Avenue at Lake Street and South Boulevard may extend through much of next week due to the weather that has delayed the first phase of a project to replace an aging water main under Ridgeland Common. Crews originally expected to reopen the street late Monday, but now estimate it could be closer to the end of next week before traffic is allowed through. In the meantime, traffic is being detoured at Lake Street and South Boulevard, while pedestrian access to the Green Line stop remains open.

Chance to witness rare occurrence at Conservatory

Visitors to the Oak Park Conservatory in the next week few weeks will witness a very rare spectacle – a flower blooming atop a giant agave plant. Known as century plants, these desert dwellers bloom just once in their lifetimes. The flower spike on the Conservatory plant is more than 14 feet tall and still growing. The plant’s mother bloomed in 1987 when glass panes had to be removed to allow the asparagus-like flower stalk to shoot through the roof. For more information, call 708.725.2400 or stop in at 615 Garfield St. Click here to view a photo on the Village’s facebook page.

Green Tuesdays environmental lecture series continues

Local programs and activities will be highlighted on Tues., April 16 in the third in a series of lectures focusing on environmental issues hosted by the Environment & Energy Commission in partnership with local organizations. Now is in its eighth year, each Green Tuesdays in Oak Park features speakers who provide regional, local and operational insights on each topic. Future programs will include an overview of the Village’s pilot composting program (April 23) and an update on water conversation plans (April 30). The lectures are held from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. For more information, call 708.358.5700 or e-mail

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