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Extra Jackson Park Meeting Added After 150 People Turned Away

By Sam Cholke | July 6, 2017 5:50am | Updated on July 7, 2017 11:12am
 Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) promised 160 people turned away from a June 27 meeting on changes to Jackson Park that a makeup meeting would be scheduled that could accommodate everyone.
Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) promised 160 people turned away from a June 27 meeting on changes to Jackson Park that a makeup meeting would be scheduled that could accommodate everyone.
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SOUTH SHORE — Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) has set a new meeting for changes to Jackson Park for July 13 after overflow crowds forced people to be turned away from the last meeting.

The meeting on plans for Jackson Park, including Barack Obama’s presidential library and combining the Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses, will at 6 p.m. July 13 at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive.

More than 150 people were turned away from Hairston's June 27 meeting that wanted to comment on how plans would affect a nature sanctuary at the South Shore Cultural Center, an unofficial dog park in Jackson Park and other amenities that would be moved, reduced or eliminated during changes to the park.

Hairston’s two meetings and two Chicago Park District meetings from earlier in June are meant to help craft a plan for the park that will dictate the types of further improvements and changes made to the park.

A draft of the plan is expected to be completed in October.