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45th Ward Eco Fair, Participatory Budget Vote Set for Saturday

  Three expos will give residents a chance to learn more about the projects up for a vote.
45th Ward Participatory Budget Vote
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JEFFERSON PARK — The last day for residents of the 45th Ward to decide how Ald. John Arena should spend his $1 million discretionary budget in Saturday.

Votes can be cast from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wilson Park Field House, 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

All residents of the 45th Ward — under the 2015 City Council district map — age 14 and older can vote with proof of residence.

Among the items on the participatory budget ballot are $100,000 toward a new playground at Independence Park and $67,000 to help rehabilitate the cracked and pitted tennis courts at Wilson Park, as well as money for streets and trees. 

Arena will also host an eco fair Saturday at Wilson Park that will give attendees an opportunity to shred documents and recycle electronics, shoes, clothes and books.

An activity will help attendees understand watersheds and water pollution presented by University of Illinois Extension. There will also be information about community gardening, eco-art, master gardening, rain barrels, rain gardens, recycling, sustainable backyards, urban agriculture composting.