Date: 5/28/18 8:13 pm From: Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: Re: IBET Inflatables "Sports Park" proposed for Montrose Beach, comments DUE June 5th- NO SIGHTINGS
Fran - Those questions were asked and no answers were forthcoming.
Below is an update I just sent my dune volunteer list. Birders, your letters and voices can make a difference.
Leslie BornsMontrose Beach Dunes Site Steward
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DearVolunteers and Friends of Montrose Beach Dunes,
First, thankyou for your strong response to the Action Alert and the many letters andmessages you are writing. I justlearned that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has a publicnotice on its website about the proposed inflatable water park that containscritical information we were not given by the Chicago Park District (CPD) and whichcorrects misleading information in the District’s proposal to Army Corps. Please read IDNR’s notice here:
Note that the applicant is a person named Etai Timna, of 400 E. San Marino Drive,Miami Beach, FL., 33139. The company is Jorbasa LLC. That's right folks, your precious parkland and lake are up for grabs to an out of state developer.
Note that thewater park is located “AT MONTROSE BEACH in the City of Chicago,” not at “LawrenceAvenue” as previously asserted by CPD.
IDNR has askedfor public comments with a deadline of June25th. Please forward yourletters and messages to IDNR so they are aware of our strong opposition (see contact at the bottom of page 1 in link).
Another considerationyou may wish to add in your comments is that the proposed "waterpark" does not have latrines. The structures need to be set at least 5feet deep, which puts it off shore. The application does not tell us howaccess will be determined ("keep non-clients out"); remember, this isa private-pay concession. Restrictedaccess, while alarming in itself in these public waters, is more alarming becauseit doesn't look like it is easy to get on and off to get to the shore-basedrestrooms. There are tremendously important operating details lacking inthis notice. The Illinois EPA websitedoesn’t have a notice yet, but the project would probably require Section 401water quality certification before being allowed in Lake Michigan.
From: Fran M <franmmmk...>
To: Chuck Berman <cberman129...>
Cc: Jill Niland <bwwarbler...>; "<ilbirds...>" <ilbirds...>; Leslie Borns <cakile...>
Sent: Monday, May 28, 2018 8:35 PM
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?
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 BermanOak Park, IL
On Sun, May 27, 2018 at 1:21 PM, Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups. com> 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.pdfACE 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 ). 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...> il) CPD General Superintendent - Mike.Kelly (Mike.Kelly@chicagoparkdistric t.com)
CPD-CEO - Pat Levar (patrick.levar@chicagoparkdist rict.com)
President of CPD’s Board of Commissioners - Jesse Ruiz (jesse.ruiz@chicagoparkdistric t.com). CPD Director of Department of Natural and Cultural Resources – Cathy Breitenbach (cathy.breitenbach@chicagopark district.com).
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/l ocal/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