Date: 5/28/18 6:35 pm
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Inflatables "Sports Park" proposed for Montrose Beach, comments DUE June 5th
Can someone ask the CPD to explain what they're thinking about here? Who in
their organization thinks this is a good idea?

Fran Morel
Evanston

On Mon, May 28, 2018 at 8:03 PM, Chuck Berman <cberman129...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Thank you for the info. And, for your info, this is the letter I sent to
> the local and Army Corps of Engineer officials:
>
> * Hello, *
> * I am writing to urge you not to approve this latest private venture
> inflatable water park proposal at the very public and ecologically
> important area of and surrounding Montrose Beach. I am an avid bird watcher
> at Montrose Point, which is one of the region's most important flyways for
> migrating and nesting birds. My fellow birders and I oppose such
> enterprises which could ecologically damage the area and the protected
> dunes and the waters off the beach and fishing pier. *
> * Montrose Beach already has a thriving population enjoying the natural
> wonders without introducing a floating amusement park. In nearby Whiting,
> IN., 20,000 people flooded their similar water park. I fear that Chicago
> would exceed that number to great harm to the environment, habitat and
> general beauty of the beach. *
> * Perhaps a less environmentally sensitive area could be found, without
> these delicate issues. *
> *Thank you.*
> *Chuck Berman*
> *Oak Park, IL*
>
> On Sun, May 27, 2018 at 1:21 PM, Jill Niland <bwwarbler...>
> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> The Chicago Park District has submitted an application to the Army Corps
>> of Engineers (ACE) to put in a huge, inflatable water park at Montrose
>> Beach (the “Sports Park” and “Sports ParkXL”). This concession would be
>> located right in Lake Michigan just off the dunes. Please see the
>> attached proposal with graphics and detailed information.
>>
>> See this link for detailed info and graphics: http://www.pattmcopr
>> law.com/LRC-2017-224_LOP_PN_Email.pdf
>> ACE is holding a public comment period that *started May 16 and ends
>> June 5*.
>>
>> It was just two years ago almost that we were confronted with and
>> successfully fought off a similar project, the "Surf Park,” another attempt
>> to usurp public land and resources and install an expensive private
>> concession at Montrose Beach, Chicago’s largest and busiest. The
>> “Sports Park” concession will be sited right in the lake and embedded into
>> its bottom with 970 pound blocks and stainless steel rebar. What
>> happens in the water affects what happens on land and, in addition to the
>> increased noise, trash, and pollution from the Park, the numerous
>> artificial structures will negatively impact the lacustrine ecosystem
>> (see EPA website - (https://archive.epa..gov/ec
>> opage/web/html/glctext.html
>> <https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Farchive.epa.gov%2Fecopage%2Fweb%2Fhtml%2Fglctext.html&data=02%7C01%7C%7C5221b3a7f15f4458b56e08d5c3e4dc97%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636630310174392891&sdata=J4xLcYidfgvPJ%2BGPOFvHFVvvODT97djnkEXtjcMTWeE%3D&reserved=0>
>> ).
>>
>> Please take the time today to write the Army Corps and CPD officials
>> (especially Board President Ruiz) and *loudly* renounce this project and
>> its implications for Montrose Beach, the natural areas, and the entire
>> recreational area. Address the message to:
>>
>> Army Corps of Engineers - Michael J. Murphy (
>> <Michael.J.Murphy...>)
>>
>> CPD General Superintendent - Mike.Kelly (Mike.Kelly@chicagoparkdistric
>> t.com)
>>
>> CPD-CEO - Pat Levar (<patrick.levar...>)
>>
>> President of CPD’s Board of Commissioners - Jesse Ruiz (
>> <jesse.ruiz...>).
>>
>> CPD Director of Department of Natural and Cultural Resources – Cathy
>> Breitenbach (<cathy.breitenbach...>).
>>
>>
>> Consider focusing on the factors that the Army Corps uses when writing to
>> them:
>>
>> “The following general criteria are considered in evaluating all
>> applications:
>>
>> 1. The relevant extent of public and private need for the proposed work;
>>
>> 2. Where unresolved conflicts of resource use exist, the practicability
>> of using reasonable alternative locations and methods to accomplish the
>> objective of the proposed structure or work; and
>>
>> 3. The extent and permanence of the beneficial and/or detrimental effects
>> the proposed structure or work is likely to have on public and private uses
>> to which the area is suited. “
>>
>> There is a similar park in Whiting, IN. Does Montrose need another 20,000
>> visitors in the summer?
>>
>> http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/whiting-whoazone-wat
>> er-park-saw-over-people-in-its-first/article_2752d4fe-9cf7-
>> 507d-90c8-0885e689ab04.html#1
>>
>> Whiting WhoaZone water park saw over 20,000 people in its first season;
>> city plans to expand next summer
>> <http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/whiting-whoazone-water-park-saw-over-people-in-its-first/article_2752d4fe-9cf7-507d-90c8-0885e689ab04.html#1>
>>
>>
>> Jill Niland
>> Chicago
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
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