West Ridge Nature Preserve, Park Advisory Council (PAC)

Chicago Park District


Nature Play Area Enhancement Requires 


Donations of Money, Labor and Materials  


Good news! The Nature Oasis Program of the Chicago Park District (CPD) gave us the green light! They certified our Nature Play Area space and approved our enhancement proposal. Approved were almost all of our plan's features.  

Now we go forward with funding and building efforts.  Roll up your sleeves; the hard work begins.

Currently, we are seeking sponsors and conducting other fundraising efforts to raise money for the CPD enhancement work. The CPD requires us to cover their construction costs. We also are calling on volunteers to build certain features and donate materials. 

The CPD intends to work on our Nature Play Area this coming September. Thus, time is of the essence! To help this special place become a reality for our community, you can:


  • Suggest sponsors and/or ask any possible sponsor. We looking first and foremost for money but raffle coupons are also welcome. 

    • Provide needed labor and materials:
    --Create a digging pit surrounded by logs to hold in the contents              (sand/dirt mixture, pea gravel or mulch) and to sit on
    --Build a small wooden stage 6’ x 8’ x 8” with rounded side lips
    --Create curtains for the stage to stretch between two poles (poles will be installed by the CPD)
    --Build or donate a chalk board (possibly sandwich type) for children to write and draw on
    --Create a sturdy, solid wooden entrance sign
    --Build a kiosk similar to the one at the entrance on Western for notices and information
    --Build two sensory tables
    --Donate sensory table materials (sand, pea stones, other textured fillers) and play tools
    --Donate mud kitchen materials for play
    --Build simple, rustic stump benches

    We can cover the cost of materials for creating and building if you desire. Details and instructions for any of these can be provided by contacting Arlene Brennan [email protected].


    As children explore and interact in our enhanced Nature Play Area, they will improve their cognitive, creative, social and physical skills. We also hope they fall in love with nature and become future stewards of the environment.


    And what fun they will have! They can dig in the dirt, climb a log structure, roll down a hill, walk through a tall grass maze, crawl through a tunnel, and so much more.


    Community Involvement 

    We cannot overemphasize how crucial the community is to the success of this project.  There is a place for you as fundraisers, builders, marketers,  and donors.



    Click here to volunteer for construction and/or other support  or express your interest on our Contact Page

    Learn More about Play Area Implementation Below.                                                                                      Read Background Information

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