ANOTHER IMPORTANT MEETING ABOUT GOLF COURSE PROPOSAL with Chicago Park District CEO, Michael Kelly, at Alderman Leslie Hairston’s monthly meeting– January 24 at South Shore Fine Arts Academy, 1415 E 70th, 6-8 pm
Don’t want a PGA tournament golf course or a big music venue in your back yard? Write your alderman or come to the 5th ward meeting tonight!
If our neighborhood decides that this PGA level golf course is a good idea, my personal opinion is that golf course should be organic (no pesticides). Organic golf courses already exist! This would prevent contamination of our neighborhood and lake. And, the design should include wildlife habitat. Again, there are golf course that are wildlife friendly! Finally, since habitat destruction threatens wildlife more than non-native species (many non-native species are benign or actually support native species*, I think there should be a moratorium on tree destruction in all of Hyde Park. We have already lost 1300 trees/shrubs in Jackson Park through the work of the Army Corps of Engineers and Project 120. It will take years before the replacement young trees they have planted and will plant in the future will grow into mature trees. An organic, wildlife-friendly course with no destruction of trees would be great and might attract more people to the game. As was said in the JPAC meeting, many of the Chicago Park District golf courses in Chicago are under-utilized.
* “Where do camels belong? Why invasive species aren’t all bad” Ken Thompson 2014