To the Editor:
Jackson Park Watch (JPW) is a community initiative dedicated to ensuring that community members have a decisive voice in any major changes made to Jackson Park. In particular, JPW has focused on the varied and changing proposals for the north end of the Park that have been advanced by Project 120 over the past few years. The most significant of these concern a large multi-purpose visitors center/pavilion that would be located east of the Darrow Bridge and the very major changes in traffic patterns and parking options that would result.
For that reason, JPW applauds Alderman Leslie Hairston’s April 26 announcement that she has asked the Chicago Park District to convene a community process to consider those proposals, to sort out fact from fiction, and to identify a possible timeline for any work that might eventually occur. We know that many JPW participants have communicated their concerns about Project 120’s proposals to the alderman, and we offer a collective JPW THANK YOU! to Alderman Hairston for her leadership on this issue.
For those readers who have not yet learned about JPW’s work to ensure that Jackson Park neighbors and users have a priority voice in future plans for our Park, we invite you to learn more by visiting our website (http://jacksonparkwatch.org) and to sign up to receive periodic email Updates by contacting us at the address below.
Brenda Nelms and Margaret Schmid,
coordinators, Jackson Park Watch