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Another park controversy

Four West Ridge community organizations — backed by Friends of  the Parks and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources — say they will “take all action necessary” to block construction of a senior center in part of Warren Park.  They’re holding a press conference today at 11 a.m. at the Warren Park Field House, 6601 N. Western.

Formerly a state park, Warren Park is governed by an agreement between the Chicago Park District, IDNR and the federal government restricting use of the park for open space and recreation only, according to the groups.  They report that IDNR has agreed to support the coalition’s efforts to save Warren Park.

Last year West Ridge residents were surprised to learn of an agreement between Ald. Bernard Stone (50th Ward) and the city’s Department of Aging to use a portion of the park to construct a senior center.

“This is yet another version of the attempted land grabs going on in Grant Park and Lincoln Park,” said Ann Glapa of the West Rogers Park Community Organization.

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  1. Barb Wideburg says:

    Warren Park should be preserved and even expanded for the benefit of the community. Other locations are under-utilized and could be used for our seniors. This is a place for play and sport and community, providing environmental benefits with the green space and mature trees, and making a neighborhood of all the surrounding communities.


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