By John Byrne, Chicago Tribune reporter
The Chicago Park District unveiled a $410 million budget proposal Monday that holds the line on new property taxes and fees for park programs while increasing the number of spots in some sports leagues and reducing the cost for out-of-towners to dock boats along the lakefront.
From kid-friendly events like pumpkin patches and Halloween parties, to drive-in spooky movies and our popular 13 Terrors, there is something for everyone in the parks.
One overwhelming early morning, Flint Creek Wildlife treated 129 birds that had been gingerly collected off the sidewalks of downtown Chicago. It was fall migration season, and songbirds of all species were at it again, flying south for the winter and – many of them – along the way bumping into the city’s famously picturesque skyline.
The Chicago Park District has been granted accreditation for standards of excellence in quality and efficiency by the national Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). CAPRA acknowledges that the Chicago Park District has fulfilled requirements exemplifying its commitment to serving its patrons, employees, volunteers and communities.
This summer, the Chicago park District's McFetridge Sports Center ice rink underwent a much needed renovation that included the total replacement of the ice rink, installation of a new concrete flooring system as well as above ground ice rink components. The project also replaced the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for the lobby, ice rink and tennis courts, as well as replacement of the lighting fixtures for the ice rink and tennis courts, upgraded the electrical switch
From the Alvin Ailey Dance Camp to an articifical turf field at McKinley Park, without the proceeds from Lollapalooza, many great park projects would not be possible.
The Chicago Park District and the Chicago Community Trust present the Chicago Westside Music Festival, an admission-free concert series at three parks in the North Lawndale, Garfield Park and Austin neighborhoods featuring a mix of national and local talent on July 21 and Aug. 11 and 18. The culminating concert features award-winning R&B artist Musiq Soulchild and Chicago’s own Grammy Award-nominated soul singer-songwriter Syleena Johnson.
Thanks to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Summer Safety Surplus, the Chicago Park District launches Rollin’ Recreation, a new program that offers various activities admission free at citywide parks July 5 – August 31.
Beach lovers will find out faster ever than before this summer if it’s safe to take a dip in Lake Michigan, as the Chicago Park District improves its measuring procedures.
The Chicago Park District’s Theater on the Lake: The Chicago Summer Theater Festival turns 60 this year and is proud to announce the eight artistically diverse Chicago theater companies that will receive encore presentations from June 13 – Aug. 5, 2012. Each production will be performed for five evenings only at the theater at Fullerton Avenue and Lake Shore Drive.
Soldier Field and the Chicago Park District recently announced it has been awarded the status of LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Soldier Field is the first existing North American stadium to receive the award of LEED-EB Certification and the first NFL stadium to receive this prestigious award. LEED-EB stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
Garfield Park Conservatory is ranked among 10 of the World's Best Botanic Gardens.
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Garfield Park Conservatory recently suffered a great loss to its botanical collection with the death of the Double Coconut Palm, also known as Lodoicea maldivica, which lived in the Palm House for 45 years.