Saturday, February 25, 2017
Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Bvld.
Sign In: 9:30am.  Sessions begin at 10:00am

2017 Advisory Council Conference

Join the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Parks Foundation on Saturday, February 25, 2017 for the Park Advisory Council Conference held at Malcolm X College. This half day conference offers Park Advisory Councils the opportunity to learn about running a successful council, working with park staff, creating partnerships and connections, best practices, meeting park district leadership and networking opportunities.


To request a sign language interpreter or other accessibility accommodation(s), e-mail accessibility@chicagoparkdistrict.com or call (312) 742-4298 at least 72 hours prior to the conference.

PLEASE NOTE:  Pre-registration for the conference is now closed.  Day of registration will be open at 9:30am, Saturday, February 25 at Malcolm X College.

Session Descriptions

Session 1 Options:
Each runs from 10:45am - 11:30am
  • Running an Effective Meeting
    Learn how to run an efficient and productive meeting with your PAC. Walk away with best practices, example agendas and tips on working collaboratively with your Park Supervisor.
  • Bringing Resources to Your Park
    Explore what donors look for in a quality grant application and what requirements CPD requires before submitting. Also hear a success story from one PAC on how they wrote and received a grant which transformed their community.
  • Strategic Partnerships
    What is a strategic partnership and what does your PAC have to offer a potential partner? Learn what partners (businesses, community members, city officials, etc.) look for and how to make that initial call to introduce yourself.   


Session 2 Options:
Each runs from 11:45am - 12:30pm
  • Community Collaboration to Keep Parks Safe
    Discuss safety in our parks today and how to be proactive against violence in your park. Hear successful practices and programs from fellow PACs.
  • Asset Mapping Your Community
    During this guided session, PACs will take a deeper look into the community surrounding their parks. By identifying key aspects of the culture of your park, it is easier to reach out and develop relationships with key figures in your neighborhood.
  • Methods of Successful Fundraising
    Fundraising is a daunting task, but something all PACs can accomplish! Hear from a variety of successful PAC fundraising initiatives and begin brainstorming for your park’s next campaign.