Trees a Springtime Focus for McKinley Park

McKinley Park Community Garden members and supporters give away oak tree saplings on June 11, 2016, at Sustainability Saturday.
McKinley Park Community Garden members and supporters give away oak tree saplings on June 11, 2016, at Sustainability Saturday.
Published June 14, 2016

Efforts by community groups and City of Chicago officials and staffers are bringing a focus to the trees of McKinley Park, part of a broader push to green the neighborhood and restore a tree canopy devastated by the emerald ash borer and stressed by climate change.

As first noted by 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas at an April 2016 community meeting, tree trimming and removal has been underway throughout the spring, with all 2015 trimming requests now completed by the Department of Forestry. Meanwhile, the McKinley Park Community Garden and the alderman have promoted tree planting by distributing free oak tree saplings at the garden's Sustainability Saturday event this past Saturday, June 11.

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Gang, Drug Houses Identified at McKinley Park CAPS Meeting

The gang and drug houses at 3841 S. Honore and 3842 S. Honore are a source of ongoing problems for the neighborhood, CAPS officers said.
The gang and drug houses at 3841 S. Honore and 3842 S. Honore are a source of ongoing problems for the neighborhood, CAPS officers said.
Published June 9, 2016

Representatives of the Chicago Police Department and community members identified two McKinley Park residences as hotbeds of gang activity and drug sales during the June 8, 2016, meeting of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) for Beat 912.

Located across from each other in the 3800 block of South Honore, buildings at 3841 S. Honore and 3842 S. Honore house gang members who run an open-air drug market, neighbors alleged, and these addresses are an ongoing source of problems and crime, CAPS officers acknowledged.

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McKinley Park Community Garden Returns for 2016 Season

The McKinley Park Community Garden awaits its 2016 gardeners.
The McKinley Park Community Garden awaits its 2016 gardeners.
Published May 11, 2016

Thanks to ongoing efforts from garden organizers and assistance from 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas, the McKinley Park Community Garden is returning to its planned 2016 season of gardening plots and activities. Garden organizers were able to negotiate a lease for the 2016 growing season with the new owners of the property: a series of lots on the north side of Pershing Road between Wolcott and Winchester avenues.

As reported here on McKinleyPark.org, the 2016 season was initially canceled due to the sale of the donated land that the garden uses. Gardeners can now sign up online for plots, or sign up at the upcoming Community Garden Plant Sale on Saturday, May 14, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the garden.

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McKinley Park Cyclist Recovering from Auto Assault in Bridgeport

Driver Joshua Thomas was apprehended at the scene.
Driver Joshua Thomas was apprehended at the scene.
Published May 11, 2016

As reported by DNAInfo, McKinley Park resident Scott Jacobsen is recovering from injuries suffered when he was hit and dragged for blocks on 35th Street in Bridgeport while bicycling on May 2, 2016. Driver Joshua Thomas was apprehended along with other men in the car, but to date they have only been charged with misdemeanors.

Community members can help Jacobsen and his family offset their medical costs by contributing to his GoFundMe campaign.

Curbed Chicago Features McKinley Park Neighborhood

Curbed Chicago featured McKinley Park in an April 12, 2016, virtual walking tour.
Curbed Chicago featured McKinley Park in an April 12, 2016, virtual walking tour.
Published April 13, 2016

The Curbed Chicago website, the local franchise of the national Curbed real estate blog, featured McKinley Park in an extensive photographic walking tour of the neighborhood.

The April 12, 2016, article goes into great depth on the history of the McKinley Park neighborhood and includes lots of excellent photographs.

Click here to read Curb Chicago's virtual walking tour of the McKinley Park neighborhood.