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Bixler Playlot Park

This is an informational page of Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference's hydepark.org and the HPKCC Parks Committee and not from the Chicago Park District or Bixler Park Advisory Council.

The PAC's site is on Facebook, type in BixerPlaylotAdvisoryCouncil. Or https://www.facebook.com/events/1704771603106656/

Coming to Bixler Park July 6-August 12, 2 pm. Rollin' Rec activity. Flyer

Visit the rendering of the new playground being installed in Bixler Park summer 2016. (property of Chicago Park District and Chicago Parks Foundation). July 22, 2016. The playground with new equipment has reopened. At least one person has said they wished it had equipment for the tiniest.

Officers elected June 11, 2016: President Mila Jameson, VP Kian Berstrom, Secretary Lawrence Rocke, Treasurer Kate Smous.

Bixler PAC will meet 4th Wednesdays (July 27) 7 pm at the park when weather permits, other wise at Midway rink. The PAC for present will concentrate on equipment (including opening on time) and a safe enviroment for kids. Also, programming for famly-friendly activities such as storytelling, education, even lemonade stands Jameson told the Herald.

BIXLER BASH was held AUGUST 6, SATURDAY. Ribbon cutting at 10 AM. Puppet show at 11 AM. Face painting, balloon animals and light refreshments 10 AM - Noon. Thanks to Noodles Etc., Medici57, Z & H, Jill Archer, Nitana Lazerus, Harper Foods, Open Produce, Steve Weigensberg and the members of Bixler Playlot PAC for their support! Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1745128792421917/

Bixler June 27 2016. Meeting June 11 6 pm at Midway Ice rink was to set the schedule of thenewly-formed PAC.

There was a pretty good meeting last night at the Midway skating house. Present were nearly 20 residents, Ald. Hairston and Lanita Ross of the 5th Ward, Kim Du Buclet, Maria Stone, and Farah Tunks (Area Manager) of the Park District, Louise McCurry and Gary Ossewaarde of HPKCC Parks Committee.
Louise was prepared with a power point of before and after of all the renovated play equipment in HP and Lanita Ross and Maria a record of the various public meetings and consultation with kids in the local schools on playground selection, but these were not needed. Kim and Maria gave background on the program that includes all playgrounds with equipment over 20 years old. They gave apologies for lack of communication and notice to the residents and for the unfortunate work in the middle of summer (which was due to having to do parks without day camps now rather than interfere with daycamps plus doing the year's work simultaneously in community area clusters-- this year's local parks being Bixler, Butternut, Nichols, and Stout). Kim also dispelled the rumor that all playgrounds have to be done by August 4 rather than through late fall, and that this is the last year-- there is now money, and dispelled several rumors such as that the water feature or the fountain would be removed or interfered with -- just the existing regular play equipment.
The method of communication, signage, and proper sealing off of construction areas will we corrected. Such work requires months of planning, so it was to late for the new council to decide equipment. While some persons vented frustration, most accepted moving on and that the "emergency" was over. The council was told that a 14 day public notice of election was needed, which was voted, date set is July 11 at the Midway skate house. Persons proceeded to fill in the forms to be members and gave emails. Barbara O'Connor nominated Ms. Jameson to serve as representative until the election, approved. Members expressed appreciation for replacement last week of the sand in the sandbox and new fibar. Alderman Hairston gave supportive remarks before adjournment. Gary Ossewaarde

From Kim DuBuclet

The Park District has agreed to notify the PAC , the Alderman and any other pertinent community group(s) when we prepare to replace the playground equipment at a Chicago Plays! playground or play lot
The water feature will not change, nor will the sand box
We have committed to having the playground complete in 4 weeks.

President: Mila Jameson

About Bixler. Located at 57th and Kenwood, this park should showpiece, although its fountain at first drew area residents' ire because of lack of public input. This is an example of a park whose planting and maintenance is contracted out. The park draws attention of the Ray School LSC because the park is continuous with the school (recently restored and with an compatible addition) campus' ball field, lawn, play equipment, and beautifully kept gardens. A recent addition on the campus is a set of charming concrete balls of various sizes and the renewed gardens to the north. Bixler's play area has a lockable cast iron fence enclosure. There are water fountains both inside and outside (the latter shared with the many dogs whose owners converge on the school campus. There have been problems with debris in the sandbox (got new sand in June 2016) and with sand clogging both the water feature and the ornamental fountain.

57th and Kenwood is charming and highly popular with families. Its play equipment and redesign in the late 1990's was meant to be a showpiece of the Southeast Region, although its fountain at first drew area residents' ire because of lack of public input. This is an example of a park whose planting and maintenance is contracted out. The park draws attention of the Ray School LSC because the park is continuous with the school (recently restored and with an compatible addition) campus' ball field, lawn, play equipment, and beautifully kept gardens. A recent addition on the campus is a set of charming concrete balls of various sizes and the renewed gardens to the north. Bixler's play area has a lockable cast iron fence enclosure. There are water fountains both inside and outside (the latter shared with the many dogs whose owners converge on the school campus.