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.


Horner Park Advisory Council TONIGHT

The Horner Park Advisory Council will be meeting tonight at Ravenswood Manor Park, 4626 N Manor. Most HPAC meetings are held at the Horner Park Field House.

The HPAC also controls activities at Ravenswood Manor Park, Sunken Gardens Park, Jacob Playlot and Buffalo Park.

  • Horner Park Advisory Council
  • Ravenswood Manor Park; 4626 N Manor
  • Mon., July 11; 7.30 P
  • For more information.

Horner Park survey going to dogs

The Horner Park Advisory Council has an online survey it would like park users to participate in taking.

The council is considering creating a designated area that would be dog friendly. “Dogs can exercise, play and socialize off-leash,” the council suggests.

Other parks in the city have established similar areas for dogs to use with their humans.

You can download the survey, which is in a document format, by following the link here. The council is accepting the surveys back through their email address which is HornerParkDFACommittee@GMail.com.

Revere/ Horner Park overrun by large animals

An Everyblock discussion proposes that the Horner Park/ California Park/ Revere Park area is home to a large and aggressive group of foxes and coyotes.

“About a month ago a coyote took a small dog from a neighbor’s yard and ate him in the park,” the discussion starts.

Join the discussion on Everyblock

Ceriale flagpole to be dedicated

A memorial will be dedicated at Horner Park in memory of Chicago Police Officer Michael Ceriale. Ceriale died while conducting a drug surveillance in 1998. Credit: Chicago Police Memorial Foundation

Chicago Police Officer Michael A Ceriale will be honored as the Horner Park Advisory Council, the Chicago Park District and the Officer Michael A Ceriale Memorial Foundation dedicate a memorial.

The memorial, in the form of a flagpole, remembers Ceriale, who lost his life while on duty, August 21, 1998.

Ceriale was working undercover out of the Wentworth District, according to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. During the narcotics surveillance Ceriale was spotted by suspects who informed a 16 year-old gang “security guard.”

The gang member fired in the direction of Ceriale, striking him just below his vest. Ceriale died of his injuries six days later, according to the site.

The gang member received a 60 year term in prison for the murder.

  • Dedication of a memorial to Chicago Police Officer Michael Ceriale
  • Chicago Park District, Horner Park Advisory Council, The Officer Michael A Ceriale Memorial Foundation
  • Sat., May 14, 11A
  • Horner Park, 4201 N California Ave., (Near the Ball Fields)
  • Read more about the dedication.