Primrose Farm is excited to officially dedicate the plaza and celebrate our new branding, which is intended to expand the recreation opportunities available at the farm.
This plaza now serves as the primary gathering place for school groups, scout groups, and families. It allowed staff to create a more organized vehicle drop off system for program participants and offers a protected area near the parking lot.
Previously, the entrance area was susceptible to much flooding. Using a stamped concrete surface, this new structure will now collect and divert storm water allowing it to drain more appropriately into the parking area. Mature landscaping with shade trees, flowering trees, shrubs and ornamental grasses were incorporated into the overall design.
This plaza also includes the official memorial to John H. “Jack” Wessel who was a dedicated public servant of the St. Charles community, having spent years seven years on the St. Charles Park Foundation Board of Trustees and more than 20 years on the St. Charles Plan Commission.
There is a plaque mounted on the stone column with more details of Wessel’s commitment to the park district and honors him for his perseverance and commitment of service. Jack strongly supported the mission of Primrose Farm and was a founding member of the annual Farm Frolic fundraiser. Because of Jack’s enthusiastic contributions to the improvements at Primrose Farm, future generations will learn and enjoy many facets of day-to-day farm life.
We are very grateful to the Wessel family for their continued support of the farm. A donation for the passing of Eileen Wessel, Jack’s wife, enabled us to purchase a new information kiosk for this farm plaza.
Also as part of this renovation project, you will discover new interpretive signs highlighting the farm’s historic buildings throughout the farmstead.