WPAC adopts statement on inclusion

On June 7th 2020, a demonstration in support of Black Lives Matter, took place at Welles Park and then moved down Lincoln to Wrigley Field.

Welles Park Advisory Council supports the park through advocacy, events, and fundraising. As the voice of the users of Welles Park, we think its important to make the park welcoming, safe, and accessible for all. In that intention, the Advisory Council has adopted a new statement on inclusion. Beyond the steps we already take, we will dedicate time at our next meeting (date and format to be determined) to discuss more actions we might consider to build upon this intent.

The new Statement is under ‘About WPAC‘.



Source: Patty Wetli


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Support Welles Park in 47th Ward’s Participatory Budgeting Process

Alderman Martin has introduced a youth-led participatory budgeting process for 2020.

One of the proposed projects is a new mural for Welles Park.PB-web-mural-01.png

Voting opens Monday, June 8 to allocate up to $150,000 to public infrastructure projects. To vote, follow this simple 2-step process:
  1. Fill out the form at this link to register to vote: https://forms.gle/4GnW6b9HRq3QjXov8
  2. After you register, we will send you an email with a link to the ballot and a unique Access Code. This code will allow you to vote on the projects of your choice!
All 47th ward residents age 14 and up are invited to vote on projects from June 8 to June 15.
Please help Welles bring this new amenity to the park.
Welles Park Advisory Council
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Reopening at Welles Park

As parks start to reopen physically and programmatically, we wanted to share this update we received from the Chicago Park District:

For parks west of Lake Shore Drive, today on June 8th, field houses will reopen for limited use of restrooms and cooling stations/shelter from rain. There will be no park programming offered in the field houses at this time. Programming is expected to start on July 6th. More detailed information on programs is provided below. While the field houses will be open, playgrounds, pools, and water features will remain closed. The 606 Bloomingdale Trail will remain closed. Park users are expected to maintain 6 feet of distance, wear face masks when social distancing is not permitted, stay home when sick, and clean up their garbage. A full plan for Park’s reopening in Phase 3 can be found in the Phase 3 Park Plan and you can review the City of Chicago’s Guidelines for Parks.

Landscape Operations

Due to the pandemic, Park District landscape maintenance crews are operating at a reduced capacity this summer.  Although garbage collection service is at full capacity as of June 1, it may take more time than usual to cut the grass in our fields. Here are some ways that you can help your park:

·         On your own or in small groups of less than 10 people, help pick up litter in your park! That helps park district crews to focus on weeding and mowing. The Chicago Parks Foundation is providing support for litter pickup (more information on this will be coming out soon).

·         If your park has a flower garden, there may be an opportunity to help with garden maintenance.  We have scaled back on annual flowers this year in order to focus maintenance efforts on perennial flowers. Contact communitygardens@chicagoparkdistrict.com if you are interested.

Masks in the Parks!

Across the State of Illinois we will be required to wear face coverings in places where social distancing is not possible. While headed out to your park we encourage park users to wear face masks. The Chicago Park District just added fun masks to the Chicago Park Store. Stay safe while supporting parks!


Visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com for the most up to date information or contact the Welles Park Fieldhouse at the information listed to the right.

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A successful and fun Midnight Circus

Another terrific year at the circus.

Thank you to our friends from Midnight Circus for bringing your joy and revelry to Welles as the final stop on your summer tour of Chicago Parks.

See everyone in 2020!


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It’s Your Park Day – June 1st

It’s Your Park Day on June 1st is coming up soon.

Kick off the summer with a day filled with park enhancement and community bonding.

Community volunteers will mulch trees, replacing fibar on playgrounds, and cleaning our park’s green spaces. Families, company groups and individuals are invited to participate!

Volunteers will receive It’s Your Park Day shirts, snacks, and supplies provided by the Chicago Parks Foundation.

If you are interested in attending, register using this link

Pre-registration by May 20 required for a guaranteed event shirt in your size
This event is rain or shine!

Volunteers will meet at the Gazebo at 9am.
Arrive at the Gazebo at 8am to participate in a bird walk in the Welles Park NaturePlace.
Clean up activities will end at 12pm.

Can’t attend?
Consider making a tax-deductible donation to your park!

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2019 Midnight Circus in the Parks!

Welles Park is thrilled to share the schedule (and ticket link) for Midnight Circus in the Parks performances all over the city. Remember that ALL SHOWS benefit ALL PARKS involved – so while we know Welles is our “home park,” you can enjoy this year’s all-new show in any other neighborhood park and still generously support Chicago’s parks and playgrounds.




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Winter at Welles

What a terrific summer and fall we just had at Welles Park!

Whether you were in the NaturePlace, a baseball game, a summer camp, the Midnight Circus, a summer concert, or the pool, Welles Park was the PLACE TO BE in 2018. How lucky are we to have such an amazing resource in Lincoln Square? Please consider giving back to the Welles Park Advisory Council so we can sponsor even more events next year. Click on the DONATE link to support Welles Park.

Don’t forget to register for courses and camps with the Chicago Park District, enjoy the quiet time in the gazebo, and think about those picnics and warm days to come next year.

As the park settles down for the winter (at least outdoors), here’s hoping we will see you in 2019.

Image courtesy James D on FourSquare

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NaturePlace is still a work in progress

Welles Park Advisory Council is very excited with the progress of the Nature Place.

The fence has been removed from the new Welles Park NaturePlace. The space is still a work in progress with new elements to be added in the coming months.

While we complete the space and anxiously await the growth of the plants planted last fall, please be careful to respect the space. We ask that everyone stays off the planted areas (mats of straw on the ground seen in the picture below) and remain on the trails or mulched areas. Also, dogs are never allowed in Chicago Park District natural areas.

We want to thank our community for its support in creating and maintaining this unique new space!


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NaturePlace Groundbreaking


The Park District has started work on the nature play area for Welles Park. Thank you to everyone that has supported this project!

An overview:

Primary construction will take place from July 17 through August 17th, 2017. The area will be completely fenced off during this time.

In late August, the construction fences will come down but the site will only be partially accessible. Due to the nature of the project, there are some activities that can only happen late in the season, such as tree planting. Other areas that are planted with seeds or small plants will be protected by shorter fencing. It is very important to stay out of these areas while plants become established and seeds germinate or we will have increased weed issues in future years.

Many of the main play elements will be in for the fall but more may be added going forward based on resources of the Park District and Advisory Council.

In 2018 and 2019, the plants will start to fill in and the prairie and savanna landscape that has been designed will start to be realized. Be patient please!

Thank you to ABC7 Chicago for coming out for the groundbreaking ceremony and featuring this great project.  Link to video is here.

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Nature Events Coming Up!

Please join the Welles Park Advisory Council Greening Committee for two upcoming events.


Thursday, June 8, 2017, 5 – 7 pm

Nature Play Date

Join staff from the Chicago Park District Natural Areas team for kids activities in the space soon to be transformed into the Nature Place (southwest corner of Welles). There will be;

  • Tree cookie painting
  • Fort building
  • Nature play with logs and branches
  • Insect exploration

No pre-registration necessary.


June 17, 2017, 9 to noon (MUST REGISTER BY June 9th if you want a shirt)

It’s Your Park Day

Welles Park is participating in It’s Your Park Day, a day to join together as a community, help our park and receive an update about the upcoming Natureplace. Join us and @ChicagoParksFoundation on June 17th from 9am-noon at Welles Park.

Pre-registered volunteers receive an It’s Your Park Day t-shirt, snacks and water. Sign up before June 9th at: http://www.chicagoparksfoundation.org/event/its-your-park-day/




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