“Instant Park” on Milwaukee Ave. Celebrates (PDF)

December 22, 2007

Newsletter Winter 2007-2008, Trust for Public Land

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TPL staffers, Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail, and supporters reclaim green space near future Bloomingdale Trail.

On Friday, September 21, 2007 The Trust for Public Land celebrated parks and promoted the need for more parks in America’s cities by converting street parking spots into temporary parks as part of the National Park(ing)Day event.

Chicago Department of Planning and Development open space advocate Meg Gustafson, left, Ald. Scott Waguespack, and TPL Chicago Area Director BethWhite enjoy Park(ing) Day at 1801 N. Milwaukee Ave. near the Bloomingdale Trail.

In Chicago, TPL, along with Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail, created an “instant park” at 1801N.Milwaukee Ave. to call attention to their work with the City of Chicago, the Chicago Park District, and other supporters to create more parks and green space for Chicago’s neighborhoods—particularly the Bloomingdale Trail.

“The Bloomingdale Trail is an ambitious project, and one that will bring new green space to many Chicago communities,” says Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward). “The Trust for Public Land is our partner in this initiative because they share the City’s vision of reclaiming outdoor space wherever possible and transforming it into places for Chicagoans to walk, play and enjoy the natural environment.”

“Chicago is known worldwide for its incredible lakeshore parks,” states TPL Chicago AreaDirector Beth White, “but as Chicago’s neighborhoods grow and change, the need for new parks is obvious and pressing. Projects like the Bloomingdale Trail will link neighborhoods and enrich our lives.”

Several community-based organizations joined with TPL tomake Park(ing) Day a success and call attention to the grassroots nature of Park(ing) Day.

“The health of our community depends on how we interact with each other. And parks naturally connect people better than any other means. The Bloomingdale Trail will literally connect us as a community,” states Julia Kimof Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail.

The City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development open space advocate Meg Gustafson visited the site, stating, “Park(ing) Day is a great way for people to celebrate the importance of, and need for, parks and open space. Parks are the lungs of our communities.”

The Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail, Steve Lane, Mark Schneider and his wonderful bird houses, the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, Nancy Van Kanegan with support from Columbia College Chicago’s Cultural Studies Dept., Laura Weathered and the Near North West Arts Council (NNWAC), Christy Webber Landscapes, Alderman Scott Waguespack, the Chicago Department of Transportation, the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, and the Chicago ParkDistrict helped make Park(ing)Day in Chicago a wonderful success!

In addition to Park(ing) Day in Chicago, the City of Waukegan held its own Park(ing) Day downtown at Genesee andMadison St.Mayor Richard Hyde visited this Park(ing) Day site.