On Saturday, October 26, at 11:00 a.m., (rain date on October 27) in a revival of the old Jackson Park Daniel Burnham Brigade, supporters of Protect Our Parks will conduct a reprise of the day in 1967 when, to speak for the trees, Hyde Park women symbolically “chained” themselves to endangered trees in Jackson Park with ribbons to save them from being cut down for a destructive street project.
The modern day Burnham Brigade are planning to tie new ribbons on the over 400 existing ancient trees that the Obama Center has earmarked to be sacrificed to enable construction of the proposed Obama Center and its 22-story 235-foot-high tower in the public park.
We’ll be meeting up at the Jackson Park running track, located at 6100 S. Stony Island at 11:00 a.m. Rain date is Sunday, October 27 at 11:00 a.m.
All who have experienced the joys of Jackson Park, and all who love and delight in preserving and protecting public parks, know that saving the world from senseless progressive environmental degradation starts right here at home. Saving 400 trees in Jackson Park provides the opportunity for true environmentalists to personally, albeit symbolically, act to make a difference and be heard. As Joyce Kilmer wrote in his famous poem Trees: “Only God can make a tree”.
The pressing need to address environmental challenges is never ending, and continue to locally arise. Today the controversial proposal to build an Obama Center in historic Jackson Park has become a major issue. It triggered the filing of a lawsuit to compel its relocation to a non-park site.
The lawsuit is now on appeal in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and is working its way to an ultimate Supreme Court decision based upon Defendants’ alleged violation of the public trust. Plaintiff Protect Our Parks is filing its Appellate brief on October 25 and it is anticipated that the responsive briefs to be filed by all parties and the setting of a date for oral argument will carry the case into early 2020. Defendants Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago are precluded from taking any further action in the park until the lawsuit is finally decided.