Friday, May 11, 2012

Bloomingdale Trail Community Meeting & Riot Fest in Humboldt Park

The Bloomingdale Trail public outreach process comes to Humboldt Park with a meeting at the Fieldhouse (1440 N. Sacramento) this Tuesday the 15th at 6 pm. There will be a presentation updating the status of the trail and discussion of the parks that offer access to the trail. So far the design team has been very active in getting feedback from the communities that the Trail runs through, and it's great to see them making a stop in Humboldt Park. If you or your neighbors want to find out more or make your voice heard on this project, this Tuesday is the time to come out and represent Humboldt Park. Members of the Advisory Council have been active in the public participation process and we expect to have a continued presence as it progresses.

This fall, Humboldt Park will host Riot Fest, a weekend long rock festival that will tentatively take place on September 15th and 16th. This is a big development for the park, since it hasn't hosted any music festivals of this scale in recent memory, and the Advisory Council is working in cooperation with the organizers to help make sure it's a positive experience for the community. Max Wagner, from the Riot Fest team, recently reached out to us to provide information about the event and address any questions or concerns we might have. He and other organizers of the festival will be giving a presentation and taking questions at our next HPAC meeting on Thursday the 17th. The festival could bring around 20,000 visitors a day to the park from around the metro area, so it's important that we work with Riot Fest staff to make sure the event is well organized and reflects positively on Humboldt Park.

It's an active week for new projects going on around the neighborhood. Both of these meetings will cover some important issues and give community members a chance to speak their minds about the impact they'll have on Humboldt Park. We hope you can make it.

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