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Parks as Democracy? 3rd Annual Luncheon and Conference

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Friends of the Parks 3rd Annual Parks as Democracy Conference-Climate for Change

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Friends of the Parks

2019 Parks as Democracy? Luncheon and Conference

Climate for Change

Our 3rd annual Parks as Democracy? Conference is subtitled Climate for Change, a phrase meant to connect our planet's climate crisis and our city's equity crisis to new opportunities for policy change and reform. Our awareness of the global climate crisis grows day by day. Here in Chicago, near-record high Lake Michigan levels threaten our beaches and other lakefront amenities. Some of the hardest-hit areas, such as Juneway Beach in Rogers Park, are disconnected from the lakefront parks system. Our “Last Four Miles” initiative – launched in 2009, in conjunction with the Burnham Plan centennial – is timelier than ever: Let's complete the lakefront park system so that it extends all the way from Evanston to the Indiana border, preventing costly erosion damage while enhancing lakefront access.

Meanwhile, we continue to shine a light on the racial inequity in the allocation of Chicago Park District’s facilities, programs and investments. We focused last year’s conference on equity issues and documented them in the State of the Parks report we published in December 2018. Since then, we have elected a new governor, a new mayor and a new City Council. And there’s growing support for public parks over the “privately-owned public spaces” proposed in several megadevelopments around town.

Across the country, some public officials and grass-roots leaders are improvising to the beat of an exciting concept – a "Green New Deal.” Around the world, young people are taking the lead in addressing climate change. Can Chicagoans help to shape a Green New Deal? Are we now better positioned to win policy changes that advance equity in Chicago’s park system? In other words, is there a climate for change in Chicago? We think so – but that change will come only if we seize the opportunities in front of us.

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