Horner Park comes off successful summer

The concert committee at the Horner Park Advisory Council reported the summer concert series was another success. Hundreds of people flocked to concerts held at Ravenswood Manor Park and at Horner Park the committee reported.

“However we can’t follow the same old model,” committeechair John O’Connell. “It’s a thankless situation” and I need help, he said.

“The committee did a great job,” Treasurer Kevin Anderson answered.

The committee, which programs, publicizes and produces the concerts will be reorganizing in October for the 2012 summer series, it was announced. Community members interested in any aspect of the work should attend an October meeting to learn more. The date of the committee meeting will be set soon.

Proposed placement of eight replacement trees (dark green) at Ravenswood Manor Park. Credit: Horner Park Advisory Council

The other news dominating the council was efforts to close out the matching grant from Openlands to place eight trees in Ravenswood Manor.

The council had set a goal of collecting $1,000. So far it has collected $990, it reported.

The council hopes a person steps forward with the last $10 donation so that the campaign can be successfully closed.

The campaign, called ‘Put the Wood back in Ravenswood Manor’ is a partnership with the Ravenswood Manor Improvement Association. It was started due to the loss of several trees in and around Ravenswood Manor Park.

The city responded to the effort by planting four trees in the triangle of parkway surrounding the park.

A tree planting will be held Sat., Oct. 1 at 9A at the park.

Reports were received that police were responding to calls in Horner Park of dogs off leash. Weekends were particularly busy for ticket writing the committee heard.

Finally a multi-million dollar series of projects is approaching a conclusion at the park. New facilities, including an elevator, ADA compliant work-out rooms, electrical infrastructure and other upgrades should be in place shortly. The committee heard a report that funding for the improvements came in part from federal stimulus money.

To give money towards the Openlands matching grant, a project in partnership with the Ravenswood Manor Improvement Association.

 

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Patrick grew up near LaFollette Park on the West Side. He contends that the very best Italian beef sandwiches are made on the West Side and has a strange love of the flat pizza from that part of the city. Patrick led The Bulldog to win seven journalism awards in 2011, including four awards to Patrick as a solo or a team member. He is very proud of The Dog's coverage of politics and schools in the neighborhood. Patrick wrote for the Times of Northwest Indiana as a stringer covering Cook County Government, for the Chicago Tribune as a stringer on the Chicago Wolves and for ChicagoNow as a writer before starting The Dog. He wrote for four years for ChiTownDailyNews.org as a media commentator and spent about 20 years in operations at city newspapers, including nine years as owner of his own distribution company. Prior to that he spent about nine years in public relations. Patrick has a Masters degree from the University of Colorado. He attended Eastern Illinois University for undergrad and Weber High School and St. Peter Canisius grammar school. The two-flat he owns was built in 1912 and has never been featured, to his knowledge, in any major motion pictures despite having a way-cool garden. Patrick purchased the property in 1994 and "couldn't afford to buy it now." His daughter is a college student in California. He lives in the house with his wife, Jane, and two cats who often sit in on his phone interviews.

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