IMAGE: Fundraising FlowerCongratulations, West've gone and raised yourselves a brand-new park!

After several years of dedicated fundraising efforts, the Maplewood & Lucy Flower Park Advisory Council (MLFPAC) announced last week that we have reached the $70K goal required from the community to have our little Lucy Flower Park renovated this year. Another $140,000 has been generously allocated by 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno, with the Chicago Park District picking up the remainder of the $425K the renovation project is expected to cost.

MLFPAC will turn over a check for $70,000 to the Chicago Park District on August 1, at which point the construction project will be bid out. If all goes well, we're told they could be breaking ground as early as this September!  

We're going to continue to push for final brick orders and/or general donations through the end of the month, because we'd like to see a bit of buffer in the MLFPAC bank account to cover ongoing park expenses. So if you've been meaning to contribute, don't despair -- you still have a couple weeks left to make your mark on the park!  But please note that the deadline for all brick orders is July 31.  

This renovation project is truly a wonderful example of how great things can happen when neighbors come together to support a common cause. We should feel very proud of this accomplishment, West Bucktown. Together, we're creating a beautiful park that EVERYONE, young and old alike, can enjoy. What's more, its location (just steps away from the soon-to-be-renovated Bloomingdale Trail) will help Lucy Flower Park serve as a wonderful gateway into the West Bucktown community for generations to come.

For more information about the renovation project or to order your personalized brick, please click here.


Huge kudos go out to the following neighbors, friends, businesses, and organizations for joining the Lucy Flower "Seeds of Change" donor recognition ranks. Without their very generous contributions over the years, this renovation project would not be possible:*

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The Bottjer Family
1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno
Naveen's Cuisine
The Tischer Family
Sergio & Banks
Susan Wagner & Family 
West On North

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The Bottcher Family
Amy Ewaldt
Diana Olivar & Cory Shirk
The Pruett Family
The Rodrigo Family
Joey Sabath's Birthday Party
The Sledgister Family
Christine Spatara
The Trier Miller Family
The Yu Family

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TULIPS ($250+)

The Baldassare Family
The Blanchard Family
The Bork Family
The Cohanim Frankel Family
The Gansho Family
Don & Liz Halbert
The Klein Family
The Koka Family
KP Jewelry
The Libby Family
The Litchfield Family
1645 Maplewood Condos
The Sabath Family
The Sachar Family
The Sellers Family
The Turf Room
Value Logic Appraisals
1934 Washtenaw Lofts 

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DAISIES ($50+)

The Alexander Family
An Orange Moon
Birchwood Kitchen
The Blattner Family
Jessica Bright
The Burns Gillan Family
Cafe Con Leche
The Calle/Gryzlak Family
The Carey Family
Wendy Conlan
Core Power Yoga
Catherine Crews/Canine Crews
The Crosby Family
Jerry Czerwik
Deep Grooves Mastering
Todd & Amy Donohue
Brad Fiorito
The Frost Family
Aaron Gang
Andrew & Alexa Halbert
Ann Hall
The Hirsch Family
The Houghton Family
Houts Architects
Joanne Jacobs
Mark & Brenda Karhoff
The Kulik-Carlos Family
The Kueker Family
The Latimer Family
The Lederer Family
The Linguanti Family
The Lobaugh Family
The Macin Family
Mariano's Fresh Market
Sarah Maxwell
The Mead Family
The Nichols Family
The Nieman Family
The Pooler Family
The Schmidt Family
Ryan Schultz
Joseph Schwartz
Strak & Van Til
The Shakom Family
Amy Torres
Steve Turek
The Vance Family
The Voight Family
Christy Webber Landscapes
Tami Yeager & Family
Johnna & Brandon Yu
The Yung Family
Urban Sitter

*Please let us know if your name is spelled or listed incorrectly so we can make the appropriate changes to our final donor list.  

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