Jo’An’s in the center of town to return to a park

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Dave Butterfield, new owner of the Jo'An's Restaurant property in the center of Idyllwild, confirmed tonight that the building will be razed by the end of the year.

He said the property will be returned to a park, as it was when it was dedicated to Eleanor Johnson as Eleanor Park in the 1960s.

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  1. Well, thank you!
    For once a step in the right direction instead of “development” a thought for a green space.

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  2. That really is wonderful!

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  3. Oh how wonderful. Thanks

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  4. Yea! What a GREAT plan. I’ve always thought that it would be an ideal location for a park.
    Perhaps even a gazebo or just a pleasant open area for gathering with benches, landscaping and lighting.

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  5. Well congrats to Shane and Mr Butterfield for doing the right thing. That place been a cess pool for a long time

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  6. There’s a commercial sewer and electrics connection. I don’t see a developer capping these.

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  7. And oh yes that commercial water meter. What could David Butterfield use this for?hmm

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  8. That’s such great news! Downtown will return to the charming and peaceful mountain village that all of us love and enjoy. Thank you

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  9. This is awesome! A dream come true… Thank you!

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  10. Julia Countryman October 23, 2017, 10:33 pm

    Best news story ever published in our town! Thank you to Shane and the Butterfields for making this happen.

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  11. It was a park when I grew up in Idyllwild in the ’60s and early ’70s.
    Are they going to replant it with Lemon Lillies? That would be very cool.

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    • Perhaps there could be some there in pots or a small bed if the Garden Club committed to caring for them. I am sure that the good folks who are growing them at the Nature Center would be more than willing to donate a few.

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  12. Most grateful that the new owners are willing to give to the betterment of this community & provide a place for mindfulness and reflection on our mountains. Praying that our visitors will also use the park to reflect on the beauty surrounding all that is Idyllwild.

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  13. Wow! This is really amazing. What a generous gift, Mr. Butterfield. I was in town two weeks ago and I thought how calm and beautiful the space was becoming. This news has really touched me and I can only express profound gratitude for such a selflessly kind act. Heartfelt thanks and so much appreciation, I send to you.

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