Our Gaming For Green fundraising event is an annual Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament and casino night raises money for our Tree Partnership Program, which transforms vacant land across Chicago’s neighborhoods into tree filled green spaces which improves Chicago’s livability and environmental health.
The city of Chicago is always looking to increase its green space into usable parks throughout the city. The Chicago Park District is currently transforming five areas to create great public outdoor green areas and parks.
The parking garage located beneath the northeast corner of Grant Park roof needed to be repaired, the Chicago Park District decided to redesign this section of the park. Named for the former Chicago First Lady, Maggie Daley Park will be a contained, concept park similar to Millennium Park. The park is designed to reduce noise with a landscape of grassy hills and valleys. The park will feature play structures, climbing walls, and an “ice skating ribbon” all with the scenic views of the river that runs throughout the park. Maggie Daley Park will be open to the public this November with construction completely finished in spring 2015.
The 606 Park (which is also referred to as The Bloomingdale Trail) develops the abandoned section of the Bloomingdale Line elevated train tracks into a 2.7 mile long elevated running park. Every few blocks the park will have an access feature connecting the elevated trail to the ground-level park. The park will have walking, biking, and running trails complete with gardens of native plants and trees. The 606 park is scheduled for a June 2015 opening.
The Chicago Parks District is partnering with the US Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild Northerly Island. Northerly Island is a man-made preserve with a variety of natural habitats. The island rebuild will create self-supporting eco-systems for wildlife allowing students and researchers to study the habitat, creating a nature museum and biology lab. The island will feature an overnight camping program for kids to learn and sleep in nature, all without leaving downtown Chicago!
The nature preserve is expected to open this fall, the entire park will be completed in 2017.
Another renovation will be to the Chicago Riverwalk, with an extension to widen each city block to a different theme such aquatic or garden. The goal of the Riverwalk Extension is to similar make it similar to Millennium Park, with the end goal of driving foot traffic away from the busy Grant Park and Magnificent Mile areas and bring foot traffic deeper into The Loop. The hope is that the Extension will bring new life into one of Chicago’s best features, the river.
Grant Park Skate Park is currently being built in the southwest corner between “The Legs” statute installation and the South Shore Metra tracks. The skate park is a mix of tree filled grass land along with obstacle courses designed for skaters, skateboarders, bikers for recreational practice. No other city besides Chicago has created a skate park within a major park area like Grant Park.
Help #keepchiacgogreen and attend our Gaming For Green fundraiser to raise money for our tree partnership program, and help turn vacant areas into tree filled green space!
Gaming For Green is Thursday July 17th at Galleria Marchetti. Guests of Gaming For Green will enjoy a night of casino games, live entertainment, and Galleria Marchetti famous Italian food and drinks! The poker tournament participants will compete for a $10,000 Main Event Seat in the World Series of Poker Tournament located in Las Vegas, NV. The event will be emceed by Matt Spiegel, co-host of The McNeil & Spiegel Show on 670 The Score!
Buy your ticket today at gamingforgreen14.eventbrite.com !
See you there! Don’t forget to follow us on social media and use the hashtag #keepchicagogreen and #gamingforgreen while at the event for a chance to win tickets to our largest fundraising event Green Tie Ball in September!
Read the complete article about Chicago’s five new parks here.