Grant Park Needs Your Help.
Current Grant Park Advisory Council (GPAC) leadership removed by Chicago Park District
The GPAC, the organization entrusted with advocating for the best interests of and preserving the park, is being reconstituted after 18 years. The Chicago Park District has decided to replace the current board and to hold new elections for the GPAC seats in October 2018.
Grant Park Needs Our Help – Become eligible to vote for new Grant Park Leadership
In order to successfully vote in new GPAC leadership we need as many Chicago residents as possible to be eligible to vote in the October election. To become eligible to vote in the October election you are required to attend the July and September meetings, and you must sign in at each meeting to prove your attendance!
Next GPAC Meeting July 10, 2018 at 6:00PM
Come to the next GPAC meeting on July 10, 2018 at 6:00PM at Maggie Daley Park Field House 337 E. Randolph. Subsequent meetings will be held in September and October.
Alderman King (4th Ward) and Alderman Reilly (42nd Ward) will be on the agenda July 10
The last meeting, on June 10, was so contentious with the current leaderships objections (screaming) to being replaced that area Alderman (as well as Park District representatives) will be on hand to answer questions and provide updates on Grant Park. If there are topics that you would like to see addressed at the meeting, please email email@example.com to get it added to the agenda.
Summary: How you can help Grant Park
- The Chicago Park District needs citizens to get involved to vote in a new Grant Park Advisory Council to replace the one that they have removed.
- To help them vote in new leadership we need citizens who are eligible to vote in the October election.
- To be eligible to vote in October you need to attend the July 10 meeting and the September meeting (date to be determined).
- You must sign in for all meetings.
- You must attend and vote in the October meeting (date to be determined).
Keep Grant Green needs our help
A volunteer organization, Keep Grant Green, run by two residents at the south end of the park worked with the Chicago Park District to precipitate this change in leadership. Now they are looking for individuals to work on committees.
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.