Enjoying our lakefront and parks is one of the best ways to embrace the fall season. Join your neighbors this Saturday, October 15th, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the Leone Park “Oak-tober” celebration and bonfire at Touhy Avenue and the Lake.
Along with the Leone Park Advisory Committee and the Chicago Park District, I am sponsoring this event, which will include nature talks, kids’ activities, arts and crafts and a bonfire.
This is a free event with fun activities planned between 1
and 6 p.m. Several of your nature-enthusiast neighbors have put together activities that are good for the park and will be a fun way to learn about how plants and animals embrace the change in seasons.
Activities will include a talk about local reptiles and amphibians, a discussion of how important the oak tree is, a guided planting to keep our trees healthy and a craft activity using objects from the environment. Starting around 3 p.m. the Chicago Park District will light a bonfire and make marshmallows available for roasting.
Leone Park is primarily used by lifeguards, the junior guard program and as storage.
During the past couple years I have worked with neighbors to pursue revitalizing this underused park and fieldhouse. You may recall the meeting we held in 2014 to discuss a proposal to rejuvenate the park. Since then community members have refined ideas, gathered feedback from the community and researched how we might fund such a project.
Along with this committee, I will be working with the Chicago Park District to develop a plan for redeveloping Leone Park so it can continue its current programming and will make new opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy our lakefront.
The “Oak-tober” celebration is part of an ongoing series of programs the committee put together, including nature walks and bird watching, to get people out learning about nature. If you are interested in helping with nature programming or with the effort to rejuvenate Leone Park reply to this email or contact my office at 773-338-5796.
I hope you will join your neighbors in celebrating fall this coming Saturday, October 15th from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Leone Park.