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Freeport group looking for public input on downtown facility

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Map featuring Tutty's Crossing and the CNC Heartland site (outlined in red) on the far left. Credit: Fehr-Graham & Associates. Map featuring Tutty's Crossing and the CNC Heartland site (outlined in red) on the far left. Credit: Fehr-Graham & Associates.
FREEPORT (WREX) -

The Tutty's Crossing Coalition in Freeport is looking for your ideas on what to do with a multi-use greenspace, trailhead, and Pecatonica River access point near downtown Freeport.

Next year the Jane Addams Trail will be extended into Tutty's Crossing, and the Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation would like to add facilities to promote fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and boating in the area as well. However, members of the Tutty's Crossing Coalition, a group endorsed by the Freeport City Council, is asking the public for their ideas on how to improve the space.

Individuals can submit their ideas, or "user stories," on the website www.tuttys.org. All submissions are anonymous and there is no limit on the number of entries per person.

"Everyone who uses recreational facilities around the country has seen great ideas and thought, 'I wish we had that in Freeport,' — well, here's your chance to make those wishes known," Bob Nickels, the leader of the project for the Northwest Illinois Trails Foundation, said. "We have a blank slate to create something at Tutty's Crossing that others will wish they had back home—and we want to hear all kinds of ideas, from music and art to local history and culture. Working together we can make this a place all Freeporters can really be proud of."

The EPA has also provided funding to clean up environmental contamination across the river from Tutty's Crossing at the 18-acre CMC Heartland site.

Coalition members hope the area will create economic activity for the area through tourism.

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