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Welles Park Needs $30K To Go Wild With Proposed NaturePlace

By Patty Wetli | January 12, 2017 8:58am
 The one-acre area of the park is designed as a
The one-acre area of the park is designed as a "wild place" designed for "unstructured play."
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Welles Park Advisory Council

LINCOLN SQUARE — Parks are oases in the city, but they're not necessarily "natural."

The Welles Park Advisory Council is planning to convert a former playground into the "NaturePlace" — a one-acre wild space "full of hidden nooks ... and buzzing wildlife" near the intersection of Montrose and Western avenues.

Features will include a play area "free of metal and plastic" — replaced with rocks, logs and tree stumps — and quiet spaces for grown-ups to relax and unwind, according to the council.

But the group needs a different kind of green — cash — to make that vision a reality.

The council has raised nearly 20 percent of its $30,000 goal, aiming to begin construction in 2017.

Donations can be made online (click here) or via check, made out to ‘Welles Park Advisory Council’ and dropped in a sealed envelope at the main desk of the park's fieldhouse, 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

For more information about the project or how to get involved with the council, email wellesparkac@gmail.com.

A rendering of the planned NaturePlace at Welles Park, near the intersection of Montrose and Western avenues. [Welles Park Advisory Council]

The NaturePlace will encompass a nearly one-acre area of Welles Park. [Welles Park Advisory Council]

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