Henry C. Palmisano Nature Center Advisory Council

Henry C. Palmisano Nature Center Advisory Council Stearns Quarry Park In 2009, Stearns Quarry Park, one of Chicago's newest and most interesting green spaces, opened in the Bridgeport neighborhood.

After convening community meetings to determine the needs of local residents, the Chicago Park District hired Site Design Group to develop a plan for the park. The environmentally-sustainable design was inspired by the natural history of the site. This is the site of an ancient coral reef dating back to the Silurian age 400 million years ago. Dolomite limestone formed, and fossils that were found

here are now in the collections of several area museums including Field Museum of Natural History. In the late 1830s, the land was purchased by the Illinois Stone and Lime Company which began quarry operations. Within a short time, one of its partners, Marcus Cicero Stearns took over and renamed the quarry. Stearns was an early Chicago settler who got his start by opening a supply store for workmen who blasted out rock to build the Illinois and Michigan Canal. Even after Stearns died in 1890, the quarry continued operating under his name until 1970. For the next few decades, the site was used as a landfill for clean construction debris. After the dumping ended, the idea of transforming the site into a new park emerged. The new park would be especially important because the surrounding Bridgeport neighborhood had long suffered from a lack of adequate green space. Today, visitors to Stearns Quarry Park can go fishing in a pond that retains old quarry walls; stroll along a wetland area that drains into the pond; watch for birds and other wildlife attracted by the site's vast range of native plants; fly kites in an open meadow; or take in the views of the cityscape. Chicago Park District Project Manager Claudine Malik explains: “The Stearns Quarry of today has certainly come a long way from the days of a limestone quarry. The vibrant, active park is a welcome respite from city life, an educational opportunity, a place for recreation and a prime example of what creative thinking can accomplish and yet the memory of the quarry and its lasting historic legacy remain inextricably a part of the park.”

Lost 31st and Morgan.
10/17/2020

Lost 31st and Morgan.

05/07/2020
There are some really cool films being offered for free to your home from the Chciago Park District.  Enjoy! Maureen, Pr...
04/21/2020

There are some really cool films being offered for free to your home from the Chciago Park District. Enjoy! Maureen, President, Palmisano PAC

Chicago Park District: Movies In The Parks' is launching 'Chicago Onscreen: At Home,' a series of hometown movies featuring, speaking to and relevant for Chicago, through Memorial Day, May 25.

Check out the series at https://bit.ly/chicago-onscreen-athome

Yes, that means the one in McGuane Park!
04/13/2020

Yes, that means the one in McGuane Park!

REMINDER: All public and private (school) playgrounds are CLOSED. You and your child's health and safety are at risk each time you utilize these facilities.

Chicagoans are still able, and encouraged, to do the following during this time:

• Go for a short walk or runs but maintain physical distance from others while doing so, preferably in their own neighborhoods.
• Walk their dog, but do not congregate at the dog park or beach.
• Shop at the grocery stores that remain open, as long as, you are not sick, and practice social distancing.
• Continue visiting the restaurants that remain open for pick-up and delivery.

Our Park Council President, Maureen Sullivan discusses the exciting new plan to re-develop the Ramova Theatre and Ramova...
01/29/2020

Our Park Council President, Maureen Sullivan discusses the exciting new plan to re-develop the Ramova Theatre and Ramova Grill on Chicago Tonight/Ch 11/WTTW.

For decades, the Ramova Theatre has languished in neglect. But after years of neighborhood activism and a new redevelopment proposal, the old movie house could soon be transformed into an updated version of its former self.

Today at Palmisano Park.  Join us at for the unveiling of our new climbing boulders and play area in our big back. field...
09/21/2019

Today at Palmisano Park. Join us at for the unveiling of our new climbing boulders and play area in our big back. field! Join us at 4:30 PM for our ribbon cutting!

Come & climb, build forts, brush up on bird-watching or nature hiking skills, and venture out on family scavenger hunts.Today is the day! New play boulder coming to Henry C. Palmisano Nature Park & the first Family Nature Day with Lincoln Park Zoo at 4 pm. 👉 http://ow.ly/x1Yv30pzRc4

I’m sorry to say that my husband and our Advisory Council Co-founder/Vice President for the last 8 years left us way too...
09/16/2019

I’m sorry to say that my husband and our Advisory Council Co-founder/Vice President for the last 8 years left us way too soon at 52 on Sept. 1st. Please join us for a celebration of his life and work on Oct. 21, 2019 at Metro 3730 N Clark from 5-10 PM. There are over 50 musicians who have stepped up to honor Rob and his music. All proceeds will benefit the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Hope you can join us.

08/25/2019

3 astronomers are setting up at the SE corner of 29th and Halsted. Come join us!

01/29/2019

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Chicago friends: If you know of or see people who need shelter during this Arctic-like cold, the Chicago Park District has designated 62 park fieldhouses as warming centers for the remainder of the winter season.

Full list below. McGuane Park aka our field house is one!

All warming centers will be open under normal Chicago Park District operating hours, unless otherwise notified. Operating hours for each park location can be obtained by visiting the individual park website or by calling the park.

Ada Park | 11250 S. Ada St.
Altgeld Park | 515 S. Washtenaw Ave.
Amundsen Park | 62 W. Bloomingdale Ave.
Austin Town Hall Park | 5610 W. Lake St.
Avalon Park | 1215 E. 83rd St.
Bessemer Park | 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
Blackhawk Park | 2318 N. Lavergne Ave.
Calumet Park | 9801 S. Ave. "G"
Columbus Park | 500 S. Central Ave.
Douglas Park | 1401 S. Sacramento Ave.
Dvorak Park | 1119 W. Cullerton St.
Eckhart Park | 1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Fernwood Park | 10436 S. Wallace St.
Fosco Park | 1313 S. Troop St.
Foster Park | 1440 W. 84th St.
Franklin Park | 4320 W. 15th St.
Gage Park | 2411 W. 55th St.
Garfield Park | 100 N. Central Park Ave.
Gill Park | 825 W. Sheridan Rd.
Hamilton Park | 513 W. 72nd St.
Harrison Park | 1824 S. Wood St.
Hayes Park | 2936 W. 85th St.
Holstein Park | 2200 N. Oakley Ave.
Horner Park | 2741 W. Montrose
Humboldt Park | 1440 N. Sacramento Ave.
Jackson Park | 6401 S. Stony Island
Kelvyn Park | 4438 W. Wrightwood
Kosciuszko Park | 2732 N. Avers Ave.
La Follette Park | 333 N. Laramie Ave.
Lincoln Park| 2045 N. Lincoln Park West
Loyola Park | 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.
Mann Park | 2949 E. 131st St.
Marquette Park | 6734 S. Kedzie Ave.
McFetridge | 3843 N. California Ave.
McGuane Park | 2901 S. Poplar Ave.
Mt. Greenwood | 3721 W. 111th St.
Nash Community Center | 1833 E. 71st St.
Ogden Park | 429 N. Columbus Dr.
Olympia Park | 6566 N. Avondale
Palmer Park | 201 E. 111th St.
Ping Tom Park | 300 W. 19th St.
Piotrowski Park | 4247 W. 31st St.
Portage Park | 4100 N. Long Ave.
Pulaski Park | 1419 W. Blackhawk St.
Rainbow Beach Park | 3111 E. 77th St.
Riis Park | 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.
River Park | 5100 N. Francisco
Rowan Park | 11545 S. Avenue L
Russell Square Park | 3045 E. 83rd St.
Scottsdale Park* | 4637 W. 83rd St.
Shabbona Park | 6935 W. Addison St.
Sheridan Park | 910 S. Aberdeen St.
Sherwood Park | 507 S. Shields
Smith Park | 2526 W. Grand Ave.
South Shore Cultural Center | 7059 S. South Shore
Trumbull Park | 2400 E. 105th St.
Tuley Park | 501 E. 90th Pl.
Warren Park | 6601 N. Western Ave.
Washington Park | 5531 S. Martin Luther King
Wentworth Gardens | 3770 S. Wentworth Ave.
West Lawn Park | 4233 W. 65th St.
West Pullman Park | 401 W. 123rd St.
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Alderman Thompson is calling a community meeting regarding this proposed 100' tall cell tower on Wednesday,  October 18,...
10/16/2017

Alderman Thompson is calling a community meeting regarding this proposed 100' tall cell tower on Wednesday, October 18, 6:00 pm, at McGuane Park. This tower will be visible from Palmisano Park. Spread the word.

Volunteer ushers needed for the ELEMENTAL event in Palmisano Park tomorrow, Friday and Saturday from 7:00-9:00.  Post be...
10/04/2017

Volunteer ushers needed for the ELEMENTAL event in Palmisano Park tomorrow, Friday and Saturday from 7:00-9:00. Post below if you want to help.

We are for the third time very sorry to hear about the destruction of our art installation, "Ten Thousand Ripples". I've...
03/10/2017

We are for the third time very sorry to hear about the destruction of our art installation, "Ten Thousand Ripples". I've always viewed Indira Johnson's lovely work as a symbol of peace. It's a shame that others don't see it that way and think it's ok to destroy someone's original work. There will be a public meeting about this and other damage in our park announced by the Park District soon. -Maureen, Palmisano Park Council President
https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140828/bridgeport/peaceful-buddha-sculpture-headed-palmisano-park.amp

Bridgeport's Palmisano Park was chosen as host park for a citywide public art project.

01/10/2017

We are happy to announce our Park Advisory Council officers for 2017: Maureen Sullivan - President, Rob Warmowski - Vice President and Bill Lowe - Secretary/Treasurer. We have a lot of fun activities planned with our friends in the McGuane Park Council. Stay tuned! M-

11/18/2016

THIS STARTS TONIGHT!

From our friends at the McKinely Park Advisory Council ---


Dear Friends & Neighbors!

The McKinley Park Advisory Council, with generous support from Friends of the Parks and the Chicago Parks Foundation, will facilitate a series of free creative writing classes for students ages 11-15.

The classes will be facilitated by Young Chicago Authors, a Chicago-based nonprofit whose creative writing programs engage more than 10,000 teens each year. YCA is dedicated to developing spaces where young people are invited to tell their stories, actively contributing to an affirmative youth culture. YCA makes it possible for students and their communities, which might otherwise be separated by differences in race, culture, and zip code, to create a shared cultural understanding through the telling of stories.

Fridays

November 18

December 2, 9 and 16

6:00pm - 6:45pm

McKinley Park Field House, Blue Room

2210 W Pershing Road, Chicago 60609

Participants will share their pieces at an Open Mic on Saturday, December 17 from 1:00-3:00pm.

Please email [email protected] with any questions!

We have heard a lot of not so happy comments about the helicopters from Chicago Helicopter flying over our park.  Please...
09/21/2016

We have heard a lot of not so happy comments about the helicopters from Chicago Helicopter flying over our park. Please make your voices heard at this Sept. 27th, 6 pm forum at Chicago Helicopter Experience at 2420 S Halsted. Someone from our park council will be there to voice our concerns about CHE's promise to our park council that they would NOT FLY over our park. Palmisano Park is a migratory bird sanctuary according to the Chicago Park District. With that said helicopter noise and potential danger to birds could be causing some birds to not take sanctuary at our park. This is NOT acceptable. See you there. Maureen Sullivan, Palmisano Park Advisory Council President (PAC officers are elected members of our communities. We are volunteers. We are not Chicago Park District employees). Please share!

There's a bat named Clover here!
09/17/2016

There's a bat named Clover here!

Steve the sloth is here!
09/17/2016

Steve the sloth is here!

Come out to play!
09/12/2016

Come out to play!

We made the list!
04/22/2016

We made the list!

Chicago has a ton of parks — but these are the ones you should check out if you're hiking.

04/22/2016

5th Annual Earth Day Clean and Green is tomorrow 9 am-noon for Palmisano and McGuane Parks. Meet at the McGuane field house at 2901 S Poplar for supplies and refreshments. Come out to meet your neighbors and help us keep our parks clean!

03/17/2016

A new study found that forests adapted to hotter temperatures by contributing less carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than scientists previously thought.

02/22/2016

Spring is nearly here, and that means it's time to sign up for the Chicago Park District's Spring programs.

01/05/2016

Once again the Chicago Park District is trying to help you out with that New Year’s resolution to work out...

12/31/2015

Free rowing lessons from our neighbors at ROW in the Bridgeport Art Center=a great way to start 2016. Happy New Year!

12/19/2015

Happy Holidays!

12/12/2015

The 3rd annual 2016 Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase is currently accepting submissions of Chicago-focused films for Summer 2016. Click here to submit your film--> http://bit.ly/1Yis8eU

Deadline to submit is Dec. 31, 2015.

NOTICE - Neighborhood Notification of Prescribed Burn *Can happen anytime from Nov. 1st to April 30, 2016Please be aware...
11/05/2015

NOTICE - Neighborhood Notification of Prescribed Burn
*Can happen anytime from Nov. 1st to April 30, 2016


Please be aware that prescribed burns will be conducted as part of the ecological restoration activities
associated with Palmisano Park
WHO: Chicago Park District and Restoration Consultants
WHAT: Prescribed Burn
*The exact date is dependent on wind and weather conditions.

WHY ARE THESE AREAS BEING BURNED?
The Chicago Park District uses prescribed burn management to help maintain native plant communities. A prescribed burn is the use of fire as a management tool in a carefully planned and
controlled manner. Prescribed burn management is an efficient and economical tool that reduces the amount of pesticides that otherwise may be needed to control invasive plants. Fire helps to promote species diversity by controlling invasive woody shrubs and trees. Without fire, natural areas often become thickets of shrubs or weeds with little diversity. Fire burns off dead vegetation and stimulates new plant growth by allowing sunlight to warm the dark soil, encouraging germination. Fire also enriches the soil by returning nutrients back to the soil. Research shows that fire is a natural part of native Illinois ecosystems. These landscapes need to be burned periodically in order to stay healthy and to provide habitat for native plants and animals. All persons who conduct prescribed burns are specially trained, equipped, and supervised. The fire department has been notified and all permits have been obtained to do this work.

For more information, or if you would like us to contact you on the day of the burn, please call the Chicago Park District at (312) 742-4072.

For more information about your Chicago Park District visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
or call (312) 742-PLAY or (312) 747-2001 (TTY).
City of Chicago
Rahm Emanuel, Mayor
Chicago Park District
Michael P. Kelly, General
Superintendent & CEO

Come out to see the sun with the Chicago Astronomers until 1pm at 29th and Halsted.
11/01/2015

Come out to see the sun with the Chicago Astronomers until 1pm at 29th and Halsted.

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Stewardship in the park is back! Come join friends and neighbors to work, learn, and enjoy our beautiful green space.

Next Saturday, August 8th 9am - Noon.

Must RSVP to join. Contact Carla Gunn Lents via FB messenger or email [email protected]

COVID-19 Precautions will be in place...more details to follow for those who RSVP.
🎃🎃🎃 Join South Branch PAC October 20, 9-11am for a free pumpkin patch at Park #571. We'll have coffee, snacks, face-painting, balloon twisting, and a bounce-house!! PLEASE REGISTER TO RESERVE YOUR PUMPKIN>>
JOIN US!! Our second annual boathouse party. There will be activities for kids, adults, and families, including an obstacle course, bounce house, and information about our framework activity. AND FREE FOOD!! South Branch PAC
Help beautify Palmisano Park this weekend. Meet at the Poplar/29th St. entrance Saturday, March 17th 9am-11:30am. to join Bridgeport area friends and neighbors in removal of litter that has built up during the winter months. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided.
Weather appropriate clothing is strongly encouraged: wear long pants, closed toed shoes, hats, etc.
Questions or RSVP to [email protected]
Stay tuned for future stewardship days throughout the spring, summer, and fall!
Join South Branch PAC this Saturday at the boathouse at Park 571, 2828 S. Eleanor for a Launch Party!! Learn to Row, bounce house, face painting, fishing demonstrations, and hot dogs from Duck Inn Chicago!! 8am-2pm.
Do any of the nature-loving friends of this park have recommendations for where to purchase local plants that are pesticide free and honey bee friendly this spring? Our family is trying to do our part to help the bee population and we don't want to do it incorrectly.
Check out the survey we're distributing to the community to help advise the Chi Park District what kind of programs to implement at the new Eleanor Boathouse! Share widely!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CCP3CVP
Will you please do something about persons walking & playing with dogs at Henry's Nature park? Its not that I don't like dogs, I do, but signs on all entrance says NO DOGS ALLOWED. I saw this morning Chinese girl playing & walking with very cute little dog & when I told her about that, she laughed at me. After my walks, I saw her with dog on Platform(Island) at bottom by pond & dog was chasing & barking at all little geese even whole platform was under little water. Poor all geese were scared & dog could have been slipped in pond too. How about putting some kind of sign with fines & also in Chinese too. Also suggesting some one to check in morning when most of people visit. Its not about dog, its breaking law.
Hopefully some of these local films will be shown in our local parks next year. In the meantime, you can see these cool locally made films at Ping Tom and Dvorak parks in our adjacent neighborhoods.