West Ridge Nature Preserve, Park Advisory Council (PAC)

Chicago Park District

Past Advocacy Support

Thank You for Your Ongoing Support

Mayor’s Nature & Wildlife Advisory Committee. “We are pleased that the Park District has acquired this important site and [is] making it  accessible to the public. We think that an important priority should be to preserve that sense of sanctuary which is so very rare in the urban setting and which draws so many to natural areas.  Another priority is to allow for a refuge for the bird species that will inspire awe and wonder in visitors.”

Audubon Chicago Region. “The pond and surrounding woodland are truly special for the feeling they give of a sanctuary from the busyness of city life. The walk through a wood… to the pond allows for a transition into an enchanted space.”

Chicago Ornithological Society(COS). "Native habitats are beautiful to both human visitors and wild creatures, and the COS urges...the restoration for West Ridge Nature Preserve to transform a neglected park into a true nature preserve. The site has long been known to birdwatchers as an important stopover site, providing food, water and shelter to migrating birds, as well as a secluded urban refuge for nesting and wintering birds."

Andersonville Chamber of Commerce. Community surveys indicate that “Andersonville is missing a green space. Along with our general environmental ethic, we are excited about the planned nature preserve...less than a mile from downtown Andersonville. The West Ridge Nature Preserve Park Advisory Council's principles are are in keeping with our own in terms of the environmental integrity of the preserve and the desire of area residents for an area that truly feels like nature."

Ebenezer Lutheran Church. “The West Ridge Nature Preserve presents a unique opportunity for our beautiful north Chicago communities to realize a unique feature for urban life: A true nature preserve that balances accessibility to the community with a landscape that offers a refuge to animals and people alike… Our faith community values the diversity of parks, public spaces, urban spaces, and cultural options in the area.
✪Edgewater Environment Sustainability Project. “The EESP is supportive of providing better access to the …West Ridge Nature Preserve, and urges [focusing] on passive-use activities in developing the city’s newest dedicated natural area. This site has long been known to nature lovers and to birdwatchers as an important wildlife area, providing food, water and shelter for migrating birds, as well as a secluded urban refuge for a myriad of wildlife species."

✪Neighbors of Edgewater West (NEW).
"We are very excited that the City has purchased twenty acres from Rosehill cemetery to create a nature area that we are able to easily walk to and enjoy. The West Ridge Nature Preserve...should be maintained primarily to preserve wildlife habitat for viewing, nature appreciation and education, while preserving and enhancing maximum native biodiversity."

✪Neighbors of Elmdale & Thorndale (NET) Block Club.
“We are very excited that the City has purchased twenty acres from the Rosehill cemetery to create a nature park that we are able to easily walk to and enjoy.  There are no other passive nature parks within walking distance for our families.”

✪West Anderson Neighbors Together (WANT). “Given our close proximity, we are some of the Chicago citizens who would most greatly benefit from increased access to the Preserve. We believe, however, that the necessity of limiting human activities in order to promote the Preserve as a wildlife refuge outweighs any recreational needs.  The primary purpose of the reserve should be to promote biodiversity and to support wildlife.”