West Ridge Nature Preserve, Park Advisory Council (PAC)

Chicago Park District

You Can Impact How Our Nature Play Area Evolves

Please Help Us Organize for this Improvement Effort 

The Chicago Park District’s rules have changed. To keep our Nature Play Area, we must meet the new Nature Oasis Program’s requirements through an approval process. On the plus side, the program gives you, the community, a unique opportunity to design
 and improve what we have started.
The upcoming organizational meeting on October 23, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., is a crucial part of the approval and implementation process. The meeting will take place at Green Briar Park fieldhouse, 2650 W. Peterson Ave. We cannot overemphasize how important this meeting is.

At the meeting, you will learn what our community needs to do to keep and enrich our play area and to begin and carry out the planning process. We encourage you to share your ideas. What would you like to see in the play area? How do you envision it being used? Bring your ideas to the meeting and bring a neighbor with you!

We are looking forward to seeing you at this important meeting. If you can come, please RSVP to the email at the address below. Also, please let us know if you have questions and/or need childcare for this meeting.

Arlene Brennan


Please follow the link below to access the community guidelines for nature play spaces in Chicago parks.

Community Sculpture Participation Days


New Mosaic Sculpture Soon To Appear Near Entrance

The long-anticipated mosaic sculpture is about to become a reality. The sculpture is Alderman Patrick O’Connor’s 40th Ward contribution to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Year of Public Art.

The art group, Green Star Movement, will install the sculpture near the Nature Preserve’s front entrance on Friday, October 13. Green Star invites you to pitch in with the tiling, October 4-12, and the grouting on Friday, October 20. See the schedule below for details.

Please contribute any amount of time you can. Helping will give you a sense of real connection to this work of art. Also, don't miss the unveiling celebration on Saturday, October 21.

The sculpture, entitled Tree Towers, emerged from meetings of neighborhood community groups with the alderman and Green Star Movement. The community chose Tree Towers in a voting process that included two designs.

Community Sculpture Events
Community Tiling Days
 October 4-12, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 Bridgeport Art Center
 Community Grouting Day
 Friday, October 20, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 West Ridge Nature Preserve
 Ribbon-Cutting Celebration
 Saturday, October 21, 2 p.m.
 West Ridge Nature Preserve

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