I invite you to attend one of the upcoming Participatory Budgeting PROJECT EXPOS to learn about the proposed neighborhood improvement projects for 2019 and provide your feedback. The project proposals have been put together by neighborhood volunteers (our PB49 Community Reps), who’ve been working hard this summer researching and crafting the proposals for your consideration.
This is all a part of my Participatory Budgeting process where the residents of the 49th Ward vote on how to spend the ward’s annual capital improvement budget.
You need only go to one of the Expos. The first Project Expo takes place next Tuesday, August 21st, 7:00 p.m. (complimentary pizza served at 6:30 p.m.) at Sullivan High School, 6631 N. Bosworth (use the main entrance in the middle of the block).
If you can’t make this Expo, you have two others to choose from. The Project Expos will be identical in content, so you need to attend only one. The dates, times and locations of the other Expos are as follows:
- Wednesday, August 22nd, 7:00 p.m., St. Jerome’s Parish Center, 1709 W. Lunt Ave. (Spanish language only) (pizza served at 6:30 p.m.);
- Saturday, August 25th, 10:00 a.m., Gale Community Academy, 1631 W. Jonquil (coffee and donuts served at 9:30 a.m.).
Some of the project ideas for this fall’s ballot include:
- A water spray feature at Langdon Park;
- Community bulletin boards at Pottawattomie Park, Touhy Park and Rogers Beach;
- A zocalo in Touhy Park (a zocalo is the public square of a Mexican city or town);
- New planting beds and fencing at Dubkin Park;
- One hundred new trees throughout Rogers Park;
- Additional exercise equipment for Loyola Park;
- Artistic murals on CTA and Metra embankments and viaducts;
- Astroturf soccer field for Sullivan High School;
- Bus benches at CTA bus stops throughout Rogers Park; and
- Street and alley resurfacing and sidewalk repairs.
Last fall, over 2,200 residents of the 49th Ward residents voted how to spend the Ward’s 2018 “Aldermanic Menu” capital budget. For the results of that vote, click here.
For an update on the implementation of the winning projects, click here.
The Project Expos are an important step in the PB49 process to ensure that the proposals on the ballot truly reflect the needs and desires of the 49th Ward residents. I urge you to attend one of the upcoming Expos and make your voice heard.
P.S. Mark your calendar for the upcoming 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Election Day. Vote for your favorite 49th Ward infrastructure projects at the Voting Assembly, Saturday, October 14th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark St. Early voting will take place beginning Saturday, September 8th, at sites throughout the 49th Ward.