July Fourth March Around the Park reinvigorates Indian Boundary
July 6, 2014
About 80 people ranging in age from 18 months to 80 years celebrated Independence Day in the Fourth of July March Around the Park Friday.
Bicycles, tricycles and carts mingled with marchers as the parade wended its way around the lagoon, passed the splash pool, up to the Nature Center and around the Keeper of the Flame garden before heading back to the fieldhouse, newly renovated following a fire in 2012 that closed the fieldhouse and restricted park activities for 18 months.
Parade-marcher Ald. Debra Silverstein hoped that the re-designed splash pool with its mist-fountain and dancing-bear sculptures will be ready for use in late July. Ald. Silverstein was largely responsible for financing the rehabbed splash pool by capturing a portion of federal funds left over from the subsidy of the 2013 NATO conference in Chicago.
Marchers also viewed the Nature Center from the perimeter, and several remarked on the surprising transformation of the former zoo area into what is shaping up as an innovative, imaginative area for children and adults to play in, learn in and relax in.
The Nature Center, the splash pool and the renovated fieldhouse -- and more than 100 newly planted trees in the park -- will be the stars in the late-July ribbon cutting that will inaugurate a new era for the 92-year-old, 13.06-acre park.
The March Around the Park was sponsored by the IBP Advisory Council with help from Park Supervisor Phil Martini.