Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Spots are still available for Friday's Lakefront Trolley Tour!

Lakefront Trolley Tour of Threatened Public Open Spaces
Friday August 15, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM CDT
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Friends of the Parks
16 N. Wabash (trolley pickup)
Chicago, IL 60602
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There a a few spots remaining for the Bottom's Up for OPEN SPACE Trolley Tour this Friday!
Please join us as we lead a lakefront happy hour trolley tour to give Chicagoans a front-row view of our City's public open spaces along the lakefront that would be impacted by pending development proposals including the Lucas Museum. Stops along the tour will include DuSable Park, Soldier Field South Parking Lots (the proposed site of the Lucas Museum), Grant Park, Northerly Island, 31th Street Harbor and a few others! Join us and help shape the future of Chicago's lakefront public open space.
Read the recent Sun Times article highlighting significant environmental contamination documented at the proposed lakefront site for the Lucas Museum, where, "embankments, parking lots and other paved surfaces around the stadium serve as barriers eliminating human exposure to the buried pollutants." Join the discussion on potential public costs, environmental impacts, the Lakefront Protection Ordinance, traffic congestion and many additional unanswered questions raised by the museum's potential siting on this lakefront public open space
Friends of the Parks' supports the building and expansion of museums, attractions, schools, senior housing and other institutions in the City of Chicago. However, it is a troubling trend that these facilities are increasingly proposed within our valuable parks and public open spaces. Given the established health, recreation and quality of life benefits associated with natural and open spaces, Chicagoans need to work together to protect our parks and public open spaces from the pressures of development. Chicago, ranking 14th among a total of 18 large U.S. cities when measuring public open space per resident, lacks sufficient parks and open space for residents and visitors. Further, there are many alternative development sites which would serve to catalyze broader economic impact in neighborhoods throughout the City.
While informative we promise this tour will also be fun thanks to our friends at Coors. There will be plenty of cold beer to enjoy on the trolley and a happy hour party after to celebrate OPEN SPACE!
Bottoms Up for OPEN SPACE...
a happy hour trolley tour with "lots" to see
Friday, August 15, 2014
5:30pm- 8:30pm
trolleys depart from 16 N. Wabash.
Friends of the Parks members $45
Non members $50
Tour plus membership $70
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Friends of the Parks is a 39 year old nonprofit parks advocacy group whose mission is to preserve, protect, improve, and promote the use of Chicago's parks and open spaces. We advance our programmatic, educational, and advocacy work with the support of our members, donors and volunteers, and our governmental, community, and environmental partnerships.

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