Volunteer with Grant Park Advisory Council.
The Grant Park Advisory Council (GPAC), the organization entrusted with advocating for the best interests of and preserving the park is being reconstituted. The Chicago Park District has decided to replace the current leadership and to hold new elections for the GPAC seats.
Keep Grant Green needs our help
A volunteer organization, Keep Grant Green, run by two residents at the south end of the park have precipitated this change in leadership. Now they are looking for individuals to work on committees.
Next GPAC Meeting June 19, 2018 at 6:00PM
Come to the next GPAC organizational meeting meeting on June 19, 2018 at 6:00PM at Maggie Daley Park 337 E. Randolph to see what is going on and if it is something you would be interested in participating in.
The duties and time requirements haven’t been defined yet but the new mission is to protect the park and to prevent further commercialization of the park.
Individuals are also needed to work on committees. These have not been formalized but some ideas include:
Safety and security; Framework Plan; Children’s programs; Adult programs; Tennis and Volleyball Courts, Infrastructure; Volunteer coordinators; Contract coordinator; Baseball teams and permits; Budget committee; Coordination with Cultural Affairs Dept.; Communications; Work with South Loop Dog PAC and more.
Contact Keep Grant Green
If you are interested you can contact Keep Grant Green at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may want to introduce yourself and let them know what you are interested in doing.
All City of Chicago residents are welcome to volunteer
Grant Park is open, free, and clear for all city residents. While at least a couple GPAC members should live park-adjacent everyone is welcome to run, join, volunteer and participate.
Aaron Montgomery Ward fought a twenty-year legal battle to keep Grant Park “open, free, and clear.”
Aaron Montgomery Ward (1844–1913) founded the world’s first mail-order retail business in 1872 in Chicago. In 1890, Ward began a twenty-year legal battle to keep Grant Park “open, free, and clear.”
He withstood intense public criticism for his campaign to prevent the construction of the Field Museum and other buildings on Chicago’s “front yard.” During his third lawsuit in 1909, Ward told the Chicago Tribune, “Had I known in 1890 how long it would take me to preserve a park for the people against their will I doubt if I would have undertaken it.” Despite extreme costs in terms of both reputation and his own personal fortune, Ward continued with a fourth lawsuit in the State Supreme Court, which he won in 1910.