West Ridge Nature Preserve, Park Advisory Council (PAC)

Chicago Park District

You, the Community, Will Drive Nature Play Area Improvement 

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.
Seventeen people attended the community organizational meeting on October 23, 2017 and signed up for committees. And the Site Design Committee is ready to go! The committees will drive the planning and implementation process. 

At the meeting, attendees learned what they need to do to keep and enrich our play area and to begin carrying out the planning process. They watched a slide presentation of nature play area ideas and shared what they would like to see. 

We are looking forward to seeing them and others at the next full Nature Play Area Group Meeting on Monday, January 8, at 6:30 p.m., at Green Briar Park Field House.  We cannot overemphasis how crucial the community is to the success of this project.  

You are welcome to email the address below to learn how how can become involved. 

Arlene Brennan


Please follow the link below to access the Chicago Park District's community guidelines for nature play areas.

“Tree Towers” Mosaic Sculpture Greets Nature Preserve Visitors

Mosaic Sculpture Community Celebration

A “Tree Towers” mosaic sculpture now rises from the ground just beyond our nature preserve’s entrance gate. Three colorful towers, featuring depictions of native species, invite visitors to enter and explore.

A ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Saturday, October 23, 2017 with Alderman Patrick O’Connor and County Commissioner Bridget Gainer presiding. Also present was Green Star Movement’s Executive Director, Kamelia Hristeva. Her group created the sculpture as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Year of Public Art and an inclusive 40th Ward selection process.

At the ceremony, the Alderman and Commissioner made a surprise announcement. Their joint effort will result in a new DIVVY station across the street from the preserve along with a mosaic origami heron sculpture, created by Green Star Movement.

Two artists from Art Side Out Studio & Mask Shop, new neighbors on Western Avenue, pranced about in large fish and heron masks. They helped draw people into the preserve and added joy to the celebration.

See Tree Towers Sculpture Photos for a pictorial description of erecting and celebrating the sculpture.

See Background Story for how our preserve became the site for the sculpture.

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