WPAC is thrilled to announce that an agreement for park workers has been reached and the strike, scheduled for tomorrow, has been averted.
We and the Welles Park workers will be working together with volunteers and Midnight Circus in the Parks to close out this year’s circus tour with joy.
If you would like to join us in supporting all of the parks on this tour (revenues are split evenly among all participating park advisory councils), please sign up to volunteer for a shift or two at this link:
Oh, and thank a park worker for their dedication next time you see them! We can’t do any of this without them!
-Welles Park Advisory Council
You may have heard about the upcoming strike of Chicago Park District employees, and this email is about that situation and how it will impact this weekend’s circus program:
Welles Park Advisory Council knows that our great park is only as strong as its wonderful staff and supervisor, who take care of us and our children every time we step into the facility, enjoy the park grounds, or participate in an affordable (or free!) program. For that reason, WPAC is supporting the workers in their demands for fair wages and benefits.
We made the decision this week to figuratively stand beside them if they strike this Thursday October 17, and as a result, we are handing over the reigns of the circus shows this weekend to Midnight Circus in the Parks, which is an independent nonprofit arts organization based right here in the Welles Park neighborhood. For MCITP, although they too support the park workers, the show must go on, and the net revenue generated at Welles is split evenly among all participating parks, so it is important income for the program and our neighbors all across Chicago.
So we may not see you at the big top this year if the strike moves forward, but we hope that all of our neighbors across the Welles Park community and citywide join us in the belief that park workers deserve a fair contract and good working conditions.
WELLES PARK FALL WORKDAY
October 5, 2019 9am-11am
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.
Consider making a tax-deductible donation to your park!
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.
TICKETS ON SALE on MONDAY, JULY 1.
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
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!
The Park District has started work on the nature play area for Welles Park. Thank you to everyone that has supported this project!
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.
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/
A very generous neighbor has stepped forward with a challenge donation of $3,000. If we can receive $3,000 in donations, she will match those funds with another $3,000 up till June 21st.
So far we’ve raised $1,500 under this challenge but we need another $1,500 to get the full amount. Please take a moment to make a donation or reach out to neighbors, friends or family that might want to give back to Welles!