GPAC members look forward to wintertime in Chicago

By Mat Cohen

Like the people of Chicago, the parks are gearing up for winter.

The preparations were discussed Oct. 16 at Maggie Daley Field House.

The Grant Park Advisory Council (GPAC) discussed revised by laws, an approach for more signage throughout the park, dog-friendly events and physical park updates.

The revised by laws were passed by unanimous vote. 

Maggie Daley Park Supervisor Jackie Guthrie said winter programming will be announced Nov. 18. The lower Hutchinson Field is being re-sodded and a few broken sprinklers will be ready for spring.

Guthrie added the ice rink at Maggie Daley Park this winter will be operated by Rink Management, a change from last year. Rink Management is one of the largest organizations operating ice rinks in the country.

GPAC President Leslie Recht assured meeting attendees the park is moving in the right direction for improvement of the dog-friendly area, including a possible dog agility event in spring. 

Recht said there are too many complaints of people getting confused while finding their way through the park.

“We need to try and work with everybody to get better signage throughout the park to help with people from Chicago and people who are visiting,” she said.

She said the GPAC wants to work with parking garages surrounding the area to incorporate a validation system. 

“It would be a benefit to everyone bringing more people into the park,” Recht said.

The next GPAC meeting will be Nov. 20 at Maggie Daley Field House. There will not be a meeting in December and dates for the 2020 meetings have not yet been announced.

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