Reorganized GPAC looking for community input

(Published May 30, 2019)

By Jesse Wright

The newly-reorganized Grant Park Advisory Council met in May to seek input from area residents and to announce meeting dates.

President Leslie Recht said the council will meet the third Wednesday of every month aside from July and December, at the Maggie Daley Field House. Recht said the group will soon have a Facebook page and website, and she welcomes community input.  

“You should be able to attend a number of meetings,” she told the audience of about 20. “They will be here at 6:30 in the evening.” She said GPAC will not call last-minute meetings.

Recht also announced Maggie Daley Park will host a party for the park district.

“This is the 85th birthday for the Chicago Park District and Maggie Daley was chosen as one of the party sites, and we’re celebrating June 20 with (the movie) ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet,’” she said.

Movies begin at sundown.

During the meeting, various subcommittee heads offered updates. GPAC vice-president and safety and security committee co-chair Jim Wales, a former police officer, encouraged residents to make suggestions and get involved with the group.

“We are looking for people who have an interest in that specific area in Grant Park and if you want to serve on any committee, and you’re not precluded to serving on more than one committee.”  

Subcommittees include safety and security, maintenance and infrastructure, permits and leases, cultural affairs, long range planning, skateboard park and recreation and special interests.

Contact the group at their email address gpacchicago@gmail.com.

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