To the Editor:
I am writing to protest yet again another action under the leadership of Superintendent Mike Kelly that restricts public access in our parks.
This last week, just a few days after the public was made aware of Amazon lockers in Chicago's parks (see p. 1 story), we found out by a Twitter post that gates were installed on Wooded Island in Jackson Park with the goal of restricting access to the area.
These actions are taken without any respect for public hearings or even making the attempt to reach out to the established networks of communication (local newspapers, elected officials, etc.) asking for input for ways to address the issues facing Jackson Park.
Jackson Park is an important asset to those in Chicago and the surrounding area. More importantly as we face the overwhelming challenges presented by the current pandemic, it has provided for many a place to seek comfort and respite.
Under the leadership of Superintendent Kelly we have over these last months watched the unfolding of an extensive sexual harassment scandal; establishment of Amazon lockers in our public parks and now the gates surrounding a treasured area of Jackson Park.
As a member of Friends of the Park and a resident of the 5th Ward, I ask that they and others join in demanding that the Chicago Park District hold public hearings regarding the current issue of gates on Wooded Island and the future direction of Jackson Park.