Welles Park Advisory Council statement on inclusion:
Welles Park Advisory Council stands against racism, systemic discrimination, and inequity of all kinds. We stand in solidarity with minority and marginalized people globally, nationally, and especially locally. As a park advisory council we are committed to making Welles Park available and safe to all people and will work with the Chicago Park District, our community partners, and the Alderman of the 47th Ward to meet this intention. We must each do our part, especially those in privileged positions and in the spaces we inhabit, to root out intolerance and violence, and make Chicago a just and peaceful city for everyone.
Welles Park Advisory Council partners with other Park Advisory Councils from across the city to learn from and support each other. Through Midnight Circus in the Parks, we share funding with less-well-resourced parks. We provide inclusive programs including Gazebo Concerts, NaturePlace events, films, and sports leagues mindful to address barriers to participation including income, ability, age, ethnicity, and gender.
If you have ideas on how WPAC can make Welles a more inclusive and anti-racist park, please share them with us at WellesParkAC@gmail.com.