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September 17, 2012

Dog Park Meeting Oct. 3
Final Third Thursday This Week
FREE Kids Soccer League at Maplewood
Register for Fall Programs at Maplewood
Lucy Flower Fall Planting Oct. 6
Parks Fundraiser Nov. 2

Dog Park Meeting Oct. 3
IMAGE: Dog parkThe Maplewood and Lucy Flower Parks Advisory Council (MLFPAC), in cooperation with the West Bucktown Neighborhood Association, has organized a meeting with a representative from the Chicago Park District to review the city’s requirements for establishing a Dog Friendly Area (DFA) in our community.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 3 at 6:00 pm at the Maplewood Park Fieldhouse.
We realize that having a place where dogs can safely and legally play within West Bucktown’s borders is important to many of our residents. We also realize that people’s passion for their pooches runs deep, and that any discussion of dogs in city parks often sparks strong emotions on both sides of the argument.  That said, please understand – this meeting is NOT intended to be a forum for airing grievances or logging complaints about the city’s dog laws.  Rather, it is our opportunity to hear firsthand what we can and can’t do about bringing a DFA to West Bucktown.
The Park District has established detailed guidelines to help communities organize, plan, fundraise, construct, and maintain a dog park.  It’s understandably a big commitment, but one that has potential to add real value to our neighborhood if we can gather together enough people with the time and energy to devote to the cause.
If you are unable to attend this meeting but would like to be included in any further dog park discussions, please email  We’ll also plan to share an overview of the meeting in a future email blast.

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Final Third Thursday This Week
IMAGE: Third ThursdayJoin us at Maplewood Park this Thursday, September 20 at 6:00 pm as we bid adieu to the Summer of 2012. We've enjoyed a fabulous turnout at Third Thursdays this year, and weather permitting, we hope to make this final gathering of the season our biggest and best yet!  

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FREE Kids Soccer League at Maplewood
IMAGE: Kids Soccer

Do you have a budding Cristiano Ronaldo in your family? Or maybe the next Mia Hamm? Then bring them on over to Maplewood Park this Wednesday, September 19 to kick off a FREE kids soccer league! Games will be played twice a week (Wednesdays and Fridays), and all participants will receive t-shirts and end-of-league trophies. Times are subject to change, but are tentatively scheduled  for  3:30 - 4:30 (4 and 5 year olds),  4:30 - 5:30 (6 and 7 year old,s) and 5:30 - 6:30 (8 and 9 year olds).  For more information, contact Samantha, Maplewood Park Supervisor, at (312) 742-3522.

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Register for Fall Programs at Maplewood



Last spring, you may remember that we polled West Bucktown residents about what kinds of programs and activities they'd like to see at Maplewood Park.  Well…you spoke, and the Chicago Park District listened!  
Registration for Fall programs at Maplewood is now in full swing, and the line-up of classes has never looked better!  Choose from Art & ABCs; Kickball; Kiddie College; Mighty Fit Kids; Moms, Pops & Tots; Seasonal Sports; Soccer; and a Teen Leadership Club. Classes range in age from 18 months to 15 years, so there's something for everyone.  Click here to see the full schedule of programs, including dates, times, and costs (can you say "dirt cheap?"). 
The Fall session will run from September 24 through December 9, and online registration closes September 30. But whether you register online or in person at the Maplewood Fieldhouse,  you will need to have a Park District account set up. Save time by clicking here to create your account today.

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Lucy Flower Fall Planting Oct. 6
IMAGE: Shovel and dirtWith the official start of autumn just around the corner, it’s time to get Lucy Flower Park prepped and ready for the cooler weather.  Thanks to grant money, we’ve got nearly $1000 worth of supplies that need our attention, including plants, mulch, and additional fencing.  Please join us at the park on Saturday, October 6 at 9:00 am, ready to roll up your sleeves and get your hands a little dirty. Bring the kids – we’ll happily put them to work too!  And then come next spring, we’ll ALL revel in the beauty of our collective handiwork!
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Parks Fundraiser Nov. 2
IMAGE: 2011 MLFPAC FundraiserThe Maplewood and Lucy Flower Parks Advisory Council will hold its annual fundraiser on Friday, November 2 at Naveen’s Cuisine. Ticket information will be available shortly. This will be the third year in a row that the event has been held at Naveen’s -- and it promises to be bigger and better than ever!  Join us for an evening of incredible food, wine, and raffle prizes – all proceeds will benefit the planned 2013 Lucy Flower renovation project. With your help, we hope to beat the $2,000 that was raised last year!
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