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Archive for June, 2009

Alderperson Margaret Laurino of the 39th Ward has pledged $1,000 of matching funds for the Peterson Park Playground which must be spent within the 2009 calendar year.  Thank you, Alderperson Laurino!

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In June 2009, the following community members were elected to the Peterson Park Advisory Council:

President – Ben Palmer
Vice President – Lloy Johnston
Treasure – Afifa Asad
Secretary – Mary Peer

Immediately following the election a vote will be held to establish the Friends of Peterson Park Committee for the purpose of managing the Pirate Ship Playground project. Then we can get the Parkways Account up and running.

In late July / Early August the advisory council is required to set up by-laws and mission statement. After those organizational details are established the council and it’s members can assemble a Board of Directors.

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Received good news from Representative D’Amico!  Peterson Park is on the verge of receiving $45,000 dollars to replace the Pirate Ship with a new playground structure.

House Bill,  HB313 has been passed and is awaiting Governor Quinn’s signature. The Governor pledged to sign the bill prior to its approval in the state assembly. We can expect the bill to be signed in the next 60 days.

It reads:
“Section 1075. The amount of $45,000 or so much there of as may be necessary is appropriated from Build Illinois Bond Fund to Department of Economic Opportunity for a grant to the Chicago Park District for the replacement of the “Pirate Ship” playground at Peterson Park.”

Also potentially receiving funds are Gompers Park and many other schools, parks and facilities in our community.

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