Sunday, March 18, 2012

Winnemac Park meeting, updates and more!

MEETING: "State of Winnemac Park" and Park Advisory Council Meeting
Monday March 19th, 7:00PM Amundsen High School (South door on Damen)
Learn about park programs, the continuing role of the Advisory Council, volunteer opportunities and ways the community park and schools can improve Winnemac park together. This is your chance to become a park advocate!
Winnemac Park in sunny March: Photo Eric Rojas

Winnemac Park Neighbors Updates:

I. Sunday May 6th service day "Square-Care" is in the works at Winnemac Park.  Sponsors  Community Christian Church representatives and Walgreens met with WPN at last Tuesday's meeting.  There will be a sign up event site for various service projects at Winnemac Park, Chappell and the surrounding area.  We will post the sign-up site as soon as it's available!  If you have a public planting, fixer-up, or painting project that you think the park/ school area needs, let us know!

II. 47th Ward Spring & Clean on April 21st: The 47th Ward service office will hold spring clean-clean up in the Ward.  We can request mulch, equipment, shovels etc... from the Ward office for drop off at project areas.  Turn dirt on the planting corners, mulch, pick up garbage with the kids at Winnemac Park.
**If you are interested in organizing the project at Winnemac Park and would like to reach our group (over 100 neighbor emails plus blog readers), please let us know and the 47th Ward office (Dara Salk  We do not have a "specific team lead" for this at this time, so step it up!**

General info:
City Wide Volunteer Clean-Up Day April 21, 2012. If you’d like to participate in cleaning and greening a part of our neighborhood please register by April 13 at Chicago's 311 line or the Alderman’s office. The City will work with you to provide brooms, rakes, shovels and bags to help get the job done.

 III.  LSC Elections: Brendan O'Connor, Candidate for Amundsen Local School Council, Community Representative, addressed the meeting.  Brendan was well received and made a good overview of his experience and goals.  Please check out Brendan O'Connor, Jeffrey Newman and Bill Helm for this April 19th's Amundsen LSC Election...all three candidates have addressed our group!  Eric Rojas is running for Parent Representative at Chappell Elementary.  That election is April 18th.

IV. DonorsChoose Projects at Chappell:  Since meeting with Chappell teachers earlier this year, 5 DonorsChoose projects have been completed with funds raised at over $2,500 in less than a month! Check it out and donate to new projects!

V.  McPherson needs LSC candidates for Community Representative! Friends of McPherson let 
us know they need candidates for their Local School Council, Community Representative.  If you are in the McPherson attendance district and do not have a child at the school, you can run and help the school! Filing deadline is this Friday, March 23rd.  It is easy to file. Details HERE

As always, please sign up for updates at the 47th Ward ( and the 40th Ward ( for official news.  Many of your Winnemac Park Neighbors are attending top level meetings, working with schools, parks and business officials to keep the Winnemac Park area a TOP neighborhood in the city to live, work, go to school and play!

LSC Meetings to watch:

Chappell LSC Candidates Forum Friday, March 23rd, 3PM (at Chappell Elementary, enter main doors on Foster).

Amundsen LSC Candidates Forum Monday, March 26th 6PM (at Amundsen High School)

LSC Candidates Forum sponsored by Center Square Journal, April 10th at Dank Haus (details TBD)

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