Archive for July, 2009

The Peterson Park Advisory Council has set up an account with the Parkways Foundation to accept donations for the Peterson Park Playground Fund!

The Parkways Foundation is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization that helps to raise private funds for projects within the Chicago Park District (CPD) for the enrichment of the physical and cultural landscape of Chicago’s neighborhoods.   All contributions to the Peterson Park Playground Fund through the Parkways Foundation are tax-deductible.

If you would like to contribute to the Peterson Park Playground Fund, you can donate online or by mailing a check/money order.

Online donations are accepted at the Parkways Foundation Website.  You can select the drop-down box under General Donations: Community Development and choose Friends of Peterson Park.  This will insure that your donation is credited to the Parkways Account for Peterson Park.


Mailed donations can be sent to:

Parkways Foundation
541 N. Fairbanks
Fourth Floor
Chicago, IL 60611

Please remember to write “Friends of Peterson Park” on your check or money order to help direct it to the correct account!


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Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Sainte-Justine Hospital Research Center and Universite de Montreal in Canada, and Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis agree.  Kids in urban areas who live within a half mile of green spaces are likely to walk more, exercise more and be healthier in general.

With childhood obesity on the rise, it is more important than ever to get kids moving. As a bonus for mom and dad?  Exposure to grassy areas has also been linked to less stress and a lower body mass index among adults.

There was a strong association between walking and the number of nearby public open recreational spaces, including neighborhood parks, playgrounds and sports fields,” the study’s lead author, Tracie A. Barnett, a researcher at Sainte-Justine Hospital Research Center, said in a news release issued by the Heart Association. “We were able to relate the proximity and number of parks to how often children aged 8 to 10 years walked.”

Our new study of over 3,800 in­ner city chil­dren re­vealed that liv­ing in ar­eas with green space has a long term pos­i­tive im­pact on chil­dren’s weight and thus health,” said Gilbert Liu, of the In­di­ana Uni­ver­s­ity School of Med­i­cine.

Slender in the Grass:  Time Magazine

Kids Who Live Near Green Spaces Walk More: US News and World Report

Green Space Better for Kids’ Waistlines, Health

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Get the word out to friends and neighbors about the Peterson Park playground project!

Thanks to the amazing talents of the Brunger Family, the Friends of Peterson Park have these handy flyers for downloading or posting!

(If posting, please be sure to check with the owner of any establishment for permission and placement.  Please do not post flyers on telephone polls, under car windshields, or in public places where permission cannot be obtained.  The Friends of Peterson Park want to be good community neighbors.)

Click on a graphic for printable poster or flyer:


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Researchers at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana have found that exposure to natural setting–including tree-lined streets, parks, or yards–may be widely effective in reducing the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder in children.

The researchers found that symptoms were reduced in most green outdoor settings, even when the same activities were compared across different settings.

“In each of the 56 different comparisons, green outdoor activities received more positive ratings than did activities taking place in other settings, and this difference was significant or marginally significant in 54 of the 56 analyses, “said Frances Kuo, co-author of the study. “The findings were very consistent.”

Simply using nature, Kuo said, “may offer a way to help manage ADHD symptoms that is readily available, doesn’t have any stigma associated with it, doesn’t cost anything, and doesn’t have any side effects–except maybe splinters!”

Read more about this study from the University of Illinois here.

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