Community Unites to Support Play Garden

The passive park at 3518-28 S. Wolcott Ave. is set to be transformed into a childrens play garden.
The passive park at 3518-28 S. Wolcott Ave. is set to be transformed into a childrens play garden.
Published March 20, 2017

The long-underused green space just south of the McKinley Park library is due for a big overhaul — one that neighborhood kids will love. A coalition of local community groups, active neighbors and supporting institutions is coming together to build a play garden where children can climb, dig, imagine and explore while enjoying nature.

Although plans and meetings have been underway since 2016, the effort kicks into high gear this Saturday, March 25, at a gala fundraiser in Bridgeport. Held at the Co-Prosperity Sphere at 3219 S. Morgan St., the benefit starts at 7 p.m. and includes drinks and light appetizers. Tickets for this 21-and-over event cost $25 and are available to purchase online at the event's online signup page.

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McKinley Park Ice Rink Closes Early

Published February 18, 2017

As announced on the Chicago Park District web page for McKinley Park, the ice rink in the park has closed early due to unseasonably warm weather. With highs expected in the 60s and 50s this week, this likely brings an end to the skating season at McKinley Park, already set for the end of February.

Updates to conditions and changes can be found on the Chicago Park District web page for McKinley Park.

Civic Association To Celebrate 46 Years of Service at Annual Banquet

Published February 16, 2017

The McKinley Park Civic Association, the neighborhood's longest-serving community group, plans to celebrate its 46th year of service at its annual banquet, scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Polonia Banquets, 4604 S. Archer Ave., Chicago. In addition to offering victuals and camaraderie with friends and neighbors, the event will also honor local educators and contributors to the McKinley Park community.

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Healing Ceremony Brings Comfort After Grisly Discovery

Alderman George Cardenas speaks at the community healing ceremony on Oct. 29, 2016.
Alderman George Cardenas speaks at the community healing ceremony on Oct. 29, 2016.
Published November 4, 2016

Neighbors gathered by the McKinley Park lagoon on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, to conduct a healing ceremony following the discovery of human remains in the lagoon on September 23.

12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas and Pastor Darrell Dalton of Bethany Baptist Church spoke at the event, as well as prayed with residents and local Franciscan monks. Cardenas asked residents to remain vigilant, but he encouraged all to continue to enjoy and use the park.

Among other measures, new surveillance cameras will be installed in the park, Cardenas said.

The ceremony follows the discovery of human remains, including a severed human head and bags of body parts, in the lagoon by Park District workers. In the course of its investigation, the Chicago Police Department cordoned off much of the east end of McKinley Park and drained the lagoon.

Officers from the McKinley Park Advisory Council (MPAC) have related that the refuse uncovered by draining the lagoon will be cleaned up by Park District workers, and that the lagoon will soon be refilled.

Advisory Council Fundraiser Draws Park Fans and Volunteers to Lagunitas

Published October 25, 2016