Lauren Moltz

Lauren Moltz

(Board Chair)

Promontory Point at 55th Street and the lake, fondly known as The Point, is one of my favorite parks in Chicago. Designed by landscape architect Alfred Caldwell and surrounded by beloved limestone step stones leading into Lake Michigan, it is a serene place to walk, run, bike, picnic, swim, look at the view or have your first kiss, as many have. I have walked around The Point through all seasons and all hours and it never ceases to amaze me with its quiet beauty.

Fred Bates

Fred Bates

(Vice-Chair)

Fred lived in the parks from his time of first arriving in Chicago in the fourth grade. He has fond memories of encountering the remnants of a Japanese Garden on wooded island in Jackson Park which has led to a lifelong interest in Japanese gardens and catching crayfish in Washington Park lagoon.

Robert Gordon

Robert Gordon

(Director, Executive Committee)

Bob enjoys his daily walks with his wife through Lincoln Park and along the lakefront.

Sylvia Jones

Sylvia Jones

(Director, Executive Committee)

West Chatham Park! Sylvia was the PAC President at West Chatham Park for many years.

Deborah Strauss

Deborah Strauss

(Director, Executive Committee)

Bixler Playlot! Bixler is not glamorous, but it’s very much appreciated by parents of young children, especially in a crowded city neighborhood without back yards. As a play space and as a gathering place (for both children and parents) it’s a daily destination for dozens of families.

Thurman Foreman

Thurman Foreman

(Treasurer)

Thurman likes Jackson Park because it's big, by the water, and quite scenic. He also enjoys that you can fish, golf, and bird watch in Jackson Park.

Troy McMillan

Troy McMillan

(Secretary)

Troy became a supporter of Friends of the Parks as a rider in the LATE Ride and says "What's more fun than riding with your friends through the parks, streets, and lakefront of Chicago Long After Twilight Ends?"

Patricia Ballman

Patricia Ballman

(Director)

I love Lincoln Park because I ride the 151 or 156 bus through it almost every day and the Park is beautiful in every season. It is especially beautiful in the snow!

Victor Bernhard

Victor Bernhard

(Director)

Victor likes Lincoln Park because of its bike trail and marina.

Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

(Director)

Paul has been an advocate for the Last Four Miles project for years.

Sean Durkin

Sean Durkin

(Director)

My favorite park is Lincoln Park. It is the closest park to my home, and I run through it on a regular basis. One of the things I like about it is that I get to see the the diversity of Chicago on display. On any given weekend day when the weather is nice, you can see people of varying ages, ethnic groups, and income levels all sharing the same public space.

Diana Harris

Diana Harris

(Director)

Berger Mansion holds fond memories for me of taking my daughter to ballet classes there and ice cream afterwards.

Serge Pierre Louis

Serge Pierre Louis

(Director)

My favorite park is DuSable Park.
I find it peaceful and almost magical, with the proximity of the river and the lake as well as the smell of history that covers it. Yet, right under the belly of a bustling city. Northerly Island gives me the same sense of being on another planet, while still on Earth.

Janet Reali

Janet Reali

(Director)

My favorite park is Lincoln Park for so many reasons -- the fabulous free zoo, the Green City market, the beautiful flowers and the view of the Chicago skyline from the lagoon.

Gavin Tun

Gavin Tun

(Director)

My favorite park is Mandrake Park.
We've lived in this area within a few blocks of Mandrake park for 12 years now, but I was familiar with it from my park district days since '96.

In our view, Bronzeville in general and our immediate area of North Kenwood, Oakland, and Grand Boulevard have been communities on the rise for the last decade and the park has been a transformative catalyst in the development of the surrounding communities. Mandrake has had its share of problems with shootings, loitering, littering and other negative elements associated with changing neighborhoods, but we have been able to leverage the transformative power of positive activities in the park to generate a positive impact on the community. The park has enjoyed significant recent improvements through the Traubert Pritzker foundation with a full rebuild of the football/soccer field complete with lighting and scoreboards as well as a new running/jogging track. Filled with positive programming including music in the parks (partially funded by FOTP seed grants), we have made this park into a real community asset.

Challenges are - it took a long time to get a viable PAC in place. During the transitions in between PAC's, our community organization OBNA (Oakwood Boulevard Neighborhood Association) provided bridge leadership until the most recent PAC was elected in September. We'll see how that goes, because the current president of the PAC is running for alderman, but hopefully there will be a succession plan.

We love the park because it is within a 5 minute walk form our house (depending on if you're going to east or west Mandrake). It offers active areas for sports programming as well as for walkers, joggers, fitness and yoga people. We've held music in the parks, movies in the parks, block club events, breast cancer walks, etc. It has a small comfort station and a children's playground, and now with the Abraham Lincoln Center serving as a sort of field house, we also have indoor programming capabilities. It is easily accessible to the community residents (walking) but also by bus or automobile. The park is also 5 minutes from the magnificent south lakefront, so it is equal to or better than those north side parks with close proximity to the lakefront (I'm not biased).

Kate Kennedy

Kate Kennedy

(Director)

Gavin McCarty

Gavin McCarty

(Director)