LOGAN SQUARE — A new advisory council aimed at boosting representation of Palmer Square Park will host its first meeting Wednesday.
The inaugural Palmer Square Park Advisory Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of St. Sylvester School, 3027 W. Palmer Blvd., where members of the council will be approved through a public voting process.
The slate of candidates includes Michael Warner for president, Kevin Palmer for vice president, Cathie Bond for treasurer, Amy Johnson for secretary, and board members at-large Karen Biazar, Jeff Goeters and Steve Hier.
Voting is limited to residents of Chicago, per Chicago Park District policy.
The Palmer Square Park Advisory Council will address issues specifically related to the park, largely due to growing interest in events at and around the park, Bond said.
“There has been a piqued interest in hosting events in Palmer Square Park, and neighbors would like to be sure these events do not interfere with the upkeep of the park,” Bond said, noting recent events held in the park like the annual Tour de Fat festival and Taste Talks, a celebrity chef barbecue event.
Issues like the contentious Palmer Square speed table debate could also be impacted by park council decisions.
The park district and local aldermen make final decisions on park activities, but both offices rely on opinions and help from park advisory councils.
Forming a council will also allow the neighboring community to raise money for improvements in Palmer Square Park, with the approval of the park district, Bond said.
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