Formed in late 2008, The Chicago Women's Park and Gardens Advisory Council (formerly Park 550 Advisory Council) is a non-profit, all volunteer group who are actively and collectively working together to develop, foster, and sponsor educational programs and community activities that raise funds to enhance indoor cultural, art, & field house facility (at 1801 S Indiana Avenue) and the adjacent Chicago Women's Park and Gardens (1827 S Indiana Avenue).
Working with the Chicago Park District (CPD), the Advisory Council represents the community's interest in developing, improving, expanding, and creating new Educational programs, promoting preservation of Chicago's Women's Park and Gardens by ensuring maintenance and operation of the park is to Chicago's Landmark requirements, while working with other municiple, community, and Not-for-Profit stake holders to provide educational and cultural opportunities that serve the community at large.
Please find helpful information on the Chicago Women's Park and Gardens and the accompanying indoor Field House. The Advisory Council maintains this site to provide important information on programs, events, news, history, fundraising, and more.
Chicago Women’s Park Advisory Council (PAC) Elections
Date: April 25th, 2017 @ 6:45pm
Location: Chicago Women’s Park Field House - 1801 South Indiana Avenue
· Help the South Loop make the most of YOUR park!
· Help to evolve and promote park facilities, services and events to meet the needs of and to engage the community.
· Share your input, ideas and time as a volunteer, committee or board member.
· PACs meet every 4-6 weeks, and as needed for committee and other event volunteer activities including fundraising, programming, budget hearings, etc.
Your time, energy and ideas are always welcome.
What is an Advisory Council? - An advisory council is a voluntary group of individuals who meet on a regular basis to support the effective functioning of the park. A council works with the park supervisor and other Chicago Park District staff, advising them on the needs and concerns of the community and making recommendations and suggestions regarding its respective park.
* What do Advisory Councils do? - Advisory councils promote ways for the community to better utilize the Chicago Park District's programs and facilities; provide communication to the Chicago Park District on matters relating to their parks; increase community awareness of Chicago Park District projects; provide the community with a vehicle through which park information can be shared; and assist in locating alternate funding sources to enhance park facilities.
* What is the time commitment? - The Chicago Park District asks that councils meet at least once annually. Many councils either meet monthly or quarterly; meetings on average last about 1 to 1 ½ hours. In addition to meetings, some councils sponsor fundraising events and other activities that require additional time commitment.
* How many people make up the group? - A minimum of three (3) members are required. However a larger number of members is encouraged so there is a greater representation from the community. The Current Womens Park PAC has 7 to 11 Officers and Directors.
* How are Advisory Councils run? - Advisory councils are separate and independent entities from the Chicago Park District. The officers of the council have the responsibility of monitoring the actions and activities of their park advisory council. Depending on role, background check is required for those handling money for PAC.
For More Information on Chicago Park District Advisory Councils visit: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/about-us/advisory-councils/