A council is a volunteer group of individuals who meet on a regular basis, who work in conjunction with the park district and the park supervisor to express the needs & concerns of the community and who acts as an advocate for the efficient functioning of the park. The Chicago Park District (CPD) seeks advisement from councils in order to provide the services, and needs of the community. The council also advises the CPD of problems, issues and changes that need to take place in order for the park to operate efficiently.
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Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Park District General Superintendent Michael Kelly joined 17th Ward Alderman David Moore and members of the Englewood community to announce the new state-of-the-art, all-weather eight lane track and athletic turf field at Ogden Park, 6500 S. Racine. This marks the 36th field constructed in neighborhood parks under Mayor Emanuel’s Building On Burhan plan. Ogden Park was originally designed by renowned architect Daniel Burnham as one of ten parks constructed to provide relief in Chicago’s overcrowded tenement districts. The park, which totals more than 60 acres, features a gymnasium, fitness center, boxing gym, dance studio, and a multi-purpose room. Ogden Park also features a nature garden, three playgrounds, a carousel, walking track, swimming pool, baseball diamonds and basketball and tennis courts. Since 2011, 1,000 acres of parks have been acquired and 5.5 miles of riverfront access have been developed, and more than $1 billion in capital investment from neighborhoods and private sources have been made to expand Chicago’s park system.
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What is an Advisory Council?
An advisory council is a voluntary group of individuals who meet on a regular basis to support the effective functioning of the park. A council works with the park supervisor and other Chicago Park District staff, advising them on the needs and concerns of the community and making recommendations and suggestions regarding its respective park.
What do Advisory Councils do?
Advisory councils promote ways for the community to better utilize the Chicago Park District's programs and facilities; provide communication to the Chicago Park District on matters relating to their parks; increase community awareness of Chicago Park District projects; provide the community with a vehicle through which park information can be shared; and assist in locating alternate funding sources to enhance park facilities.
What is the time commitment?
The Chicago Park District asks that councils meet at least once annually. Many councils either meet monthly or quarterly; meetings on average last about 1 to 1 ½ hours. In addition to meetings, some councils sponsor fundraising events and other activities that require additional time commitment.