Why do children and adults continuously use this wide open path? The answers are quite simple. Time, distance and convenience. There are no protective barriers on the Lombard side of the tracks. On the Villa Park side there is a broken down partial fence that if repaired would separate children playing in the park from the high speed train traffic and would deter potential Lombard crossers but 100 plus feet of fencing is missing. At present there is not as much as a simple No Trespassing sign posted on either sides of the rails. Without crossings nearby dead end street residents on North Ahrens, North Highland, North Chase, and North Westmore are left with few alternatives. Letís review the options from North Ahrens.
Option #1 From North Ahrens you may take St Charles rd west to grace over the tracks. you are looking at 2.1 mile one way drive or walk to North Terrace Park (due to heavy train traffic expect delays)
Option # 2 From North Ahrens you may take St Charles rd east to Addison rd then north and over the tracks it is a 1.5 mile one way drive to North Terrace Park (again expect delays)
Option # 3 From North Ahrens walking over the tracks to North Terrace Park is 1 block or less depending on your house location on the block.
Now letís ask yourself which route you will take? If you donít have an automobile? No driverís license? On a sunny warm day? On a rainy day? On a cold sub zero day? North Terrace Park, Iowa Community Center and Jefferson Jr. High attract children like a magnet with their year round events and amenities. Safety barriers and safety crossings need to be provided in high risk areas locally, state wide and throughout the nation.