West Ridge Nature Preserve, Park Advisory Council (PAC)

Chicago Park District

 

We Welcomed Old Friends


and Made New Ones


as We Celebrated the Opening


of Our Newly Built Nature Play Space.  


What a Delightful Day! A continuous flow of people turned out on Thursday, June 20, to say "say hello, summer" and help us celebrate the official opening of our Nature Play Space. From 3:00 to 9:00 p.m., some 500 people flowed through the gates, checked out the activities along the gravel road and wound their way around to the Play Space.

Music, food trucks, face painting, crafts, exhibits, information tables, a marshmallow roast, sensory activities, a bat walk and just plain old fashioned free play made the day memorable. 


Alderman Andre Vasquez welcomed visitors from our new Play 

Space stage. Also on stage at various times throughout the day were From the Start banjo band, Music House violinists and the Ida May singers. As we have no electricity, we brought in a solar powered sound system just for the festival.

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MANY PEOPLE AND GROUPS MADE THE FESTIVAL POSSIBLE


Special Nature Play Space Activities
Chicago Park District and Lincoln Park Zoo 

  Providers/Supporters
    Art Side Out Mask Shop, Budlong Woods Library,

Chicago Friends School, City Grange Garden Center,

Emily Oaks Nature Center, Families Together Coop Preschool,

Forest Play School, Fortieth Ward Office, 

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicagoland and NW Indiana,

Indo American Center, Metropolitan Water Reclamation,

Neighbor to Neighbor Library Boxes, Peggy Notebaert Museum,

Rise Up Early Childhood Day Care, Rogers Park Historical Society,

St. Philip Lutheran School, West Ridge Toddler Meet-up, 

West Ridge Chamber of Commerce


PAC Festival Co-Chairpersons
Gary Morrissey and Arlene Brennon

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