Parks Committee

of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference

Chairman: Gary Ossewaarde

For the current page of this committee, please visit the Parks Committee link.

The Parks Committee works with local park advisory councils and city-wide advocacy and interest groups to ensure parks and park users are respected:

Nichols Park Wildflower MeadowWatch for fall 2006 project is likely to be an experience and stragegy sharing Small Parks Forum Conclave. Watch for date.

Since the Conference is the nonprofit umbrella for the Nichols Park Advisory Council, and for LILAC (concerned with the Metra embankment), the Parks Committee has special relationships with these and the Hyde Park Garden Fair Committee. We also maintain databases and do considerable work with collaborer Jackson Park Advisory Council, including maintaining its website.

The HPKCC Parks Committee also maintains the parks pages in and has convened informal community and regional meetings of council leaders and parks advocates and held forums under the name South Side Parks Consortium. Some current common issues are park cutbacks, trash collection and maintenance breakdowns, and ensuring ongoing community input in park/school agreements and in planning for new facilities.

What we've done recently:

Watch for our Small Parks Forum in fall 2006.

What we need:

Chairman: Gary Ossewaarde (direct email), telephone (773) 947-9541, Conference email

HPKCC Parks Page