Attend Grant Park Advisory Council Meeting
When: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 , 6:30PM Future meetings in 2020 will be held on the third Wednesday of each month, except December. Next meetings on February 19, March 18, officer nominations and April 15, officer elections.
Grant Park Advisory Council Chicago (GPACChicago) Meeting Canceled for Wednesday, April 15, 2020
- Due to health concerns, we are cancelling the April 15 meeting of the Grant Park Advisory Council. Under the Council’s bylaws, nominations for officer positions were due to be made at the March meeting. In lieu of in-person nominations, we posted the following nominees for officer positions, the current officers: President, Leslie Recht, Vice President, Jim Wales, Secretary, John Talbot and Treasurer, Richard Ward. No other nominations were received. Therefore, at our next in person meeting we will hold the election for these positions with these nominees.
- Schedule for future Grant Park Advisory Council meetings: Meetings in 2020 will normally be held on the third Wednesday of each month, except July and December, at 6:00pm at the Maggie Daley Field House. The next meeting, May 20, is now scheduled for officer elections. We will notify everyone about whether that meeting will take place on that date. Thanks for your understanding of the health issues we are all facing.
- The next page contains a brief survey about uses of Grant Park by the members of the Advisory Council. Mayor Lightfoot has closed all Lakefront parks, including Grant Park, in order to enforce social distancing. The officers of the Advisory Council fully support social distancing as a vital way to control the spread of the covid19 virus. However, we believe that Grant Park serves as a neighborhood park for the residents living around the park. We believe that the use of Grant Park for running, walking, dog walking and biking can be done safely with proper social distancing. We have asked the Park District to open Grant Park for those activities as soon as possible, consistent with health advisories. Please respond to the survey on the next page at your early convenience and stay safe.
GRANT PARK USER SURVEY – Answer the questions below in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Grant Park Advisory Council is interested in how you use Grant Park and what improvements you would like to see in the Park. Please answer the following questions to let us know your thoughts about Grant Park, how you use it, how often and how you would like to use it.
- How many adults and children are in your household?
- Do you have a dog? If so, do you use the Grant Park dog park, the Dog Friendly Area (DFA) also known as Grant Park Bark Park? How often do you use the DFA?
- Do you use the tennis courts or the pickle-ball courts? How often?
- Do you use the Maggie Daley Field House and its programs? Which programs and how often?
- What programs would you like the Park District to offer and at what times? For children? For adults?
- Do you use the Park’s ball fields? How often?
- Do you use the skateboard park? How often?
- Do you visit Buckingham Fountain? How often?
- Are you a runner/walker and do you use the Park for your runs/walks? How often?
- Are there any specific uses you engage in for family or group activities like sledding at the Logan Monument, frisbee, picnics? What activities and how often?
- If you use the Park in any of these ways or do not use the Park, do you have any suggestions for improvement of the Park for your use?
- Are you aware of any deficiencies in the Park’s infrastructure or maintenance? If so, please describe.
Please let us know if you have any other ideas or comments that you think would help us address the needs of the Grant Park community. We will send out a detailed survey on possible infrastructure improvements in Grant Park in the future.
(Optional) Name: email address:
Please send your response to email@example.com
Where: Maggie Daley Park Fieldhouse, 337 E. Randolph
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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.