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LPC North Pond Public Presenation #1 - Shared screen with speaker view
Winifred Godfrey
52:08
what about access to playground during dredging?
Aaron Hammond (LPC Staff)
55:17
Hi Winifred, that image was actually slightly incorrect. The Playscape will remain open and accessible. Thanks for your question!
Sarah Vetrano
57:35
What were the factors in deciding to use the park area south of the Hamilton statute, which is highly used especially during the pandemic, instead of an area less used such as just north of the Nature Museum?
Rhoda
58:44
How much of the walking path around the pond will not be accessible during the restoration?
Rebecca Conant
01:01:18
Hello Rhoda, the walking path around the pond should not be affected. It should all be accessible.
Rebecca Conant
01:02:32
Hi Sarah, we'll talk a little bit more about your question in a couple of minutes. Let us know if we don't answer it for you.
Aaron Hammond (LPC Staff)
01:02:48
Hi Sarah, the location was chosen for its ability to drain quickly due to the sand beneath the surface. The sediment will be removed in off-peak times of the year, slated for late 2021 into early 2022 - just a few months over winter. We want to impact everyone's use of the park as little as possible.
Rhoda
01:08:45
One of the best things about the pond is how natural it feels in the middle of a city. I would hope that the new elements would not take away from the feeling of being in unmanicured, natural setting.
Brigitte Erbe
01:08:54
I like the arc much better...
Susan Zabriskie
01:09:07
Option B - the Arc
Leah R
01:09:21
Option B - the arc
Pamela
01:09:28
Option B is very nice!
Sarah Vetrano
01:09:32
Option B
Paul Selwold
01:09:35
I like the Arc
gmountcastle
01:09:35
Option b
Audrey Wennink
01:09:52
agree that need to keep new access feeling natural - B seems better. Would it be made of wood like a boardwalk
Jim Damato
01:10:16
Option A, option B feels too much like South Pond. North pond loses its unique qualities
Winifred Godfrey
01:10:22
For me the Arc is much softer and more aesthetically pleasing than the Cross
Rhoda
01:10:23
Option B. Don't make it too much cement. Let it feel natural.
Amy Lardner
01:10:35
A the X. The X encourages lingering. The Arc will likely be used by bicyclists and scooters. The casting pier symmetry is nice.
mindy
01:10:59
love the collaboration
Scott Kinard
01:11:01
I like that the X (Option A) extends further into the water.
Scott Kinard
01:11:14
Agree with Amy!
Jim Damato
01:11:15
Agree with Amy and Scott
bill
01:11:17
A gives more previewing options.
Sarah Vetrano
01:11:22
That’s a great point, Amy. The X does invite lingering.
gmountcastle
01:11:28
I know this is a detail but the benches should be placed out by water as well - the ones you show will be blocked by people and walking by. Also - of course if you can expand this area of structure to be along water further that would be great.
Laurie H
01:11:29
Option B. Please do not use the material used on the boardwalk south of the zoo. When it gets wet from morning dew, rain, or snow it is dangerously slick.
Amy Lardner
01:11:37
The parts that stick out into the water on South Pond encourage positive loitering off the boardwalk.
Mary Dietrick
01:11:44
Prefer the X. It's a boardwalk, not concrete, right?
Brigitte Erbe
01:12:29
I hope the East walk will remain natural, not a board walk like the South Pond.
Jamie Shuttleworth
01:12:30
Really nice session. It’s very exciting to see where this is going.
Amy Lardner
01:13:35
oops! catch the typo on public for future sessions😜
Carissa Hudson
01:14:57
Thanks Amy!! We will amend!
Debra Watkins
01:17:06
At which Chicago Park District Board Meeting(s) do you anticipate information regarding this being on the agenda?
Aaron Hammond (LPC Staff)
01:17:59
To address questions on the boardwalk, either X or Arc, it will be natural materials (not concrete) and will be raised so that habitat beneath remains intact. Thank you for your votes!
Susan
01:20:20
Any idea how many trees will have to come down?
Jim Damato
01:20:25
will the unstable trees be transformed and repurposed as structural habitat?
Sarah Vetrano
01:20:45
Great to know, thank you for the update Doug.
Aaron Hammond (LPC Staff)
01:21:56
Hi Susan and Jim, we'll address that in upcoming questions.
Rebecca Conant
01:22:47
Debra, we're not sure when it will come up at the CPD meetings, but expect it in early 2021. As we know anything we will share on our web page and in our social outreach.
Amy Lardner
01:24:01
Regarding hydrologic dredging impact on wildlife, will experts (the Zoo? The Shedd/Field/research universities like U of I? other?) be evaluating site pre-dredging, during and post dredging for wildlife impact and perhaps even remove/ relocate any wildlife of particular conservation concern that might otherwise be adversely affected?
Greg Barton
01:24:36
Why doesn't the Park District pay for this?
Panos Toulis
01:28:03
+1 Greg Barton
Aaron Hammond (LPC Staff)
01:29:12
Hi Greg and Amy, both questions will be addressed in this FAQ session.
Aaron Hammond (LPC Staff)
01:30:15
Also, for everyone, here is a link to our FAQ's page: http://lincolnparkconservancy.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/North-Pond-Restoration-FAQ-June-2020.pdf
Panos Toulis
01:30:18
Is it possible to get any flyers to distribute to our building/neighborhood?
Winifred Godfrey
01:35:23
Will you keep milkweed and tall plants for Monarchs etc. on east side of pond and natural prairie areas and dirt-gravel paths on west side?
Rebecca Conant
01:36:33
Hello Panos, on the North Pond Restoration page, near the bottom, is a section called additional resources. You can find materials there to share in person or digitally. http://lincolnparkconservancy.org/north-pond-restoration/#1602212467845-f96093f3-4a60
Rebecca Conant
01:37:55
Panos, there are also copies of the big posters around the pond on that same page that you could print and share if you like those better.
Rhoda
01:38:13
Please do not make the Pond feel manicured. Thank you for the update.
Aaron Hammond (LPC Staff)
01:38:48
Hi Winifred, there is currently no plan to remove upland habitat on the east side, if anything there may be some natural expansion on the east side. On the west side, we don't plan to remove any habitat areas unless they need to be re-graded for a more sustainable slope to help the Pond. However, the area will be re-planted to improve habitat to pollinators.
Jim Damato
01:39:23
agree withRhoda
Audrey Wennink
01:40:18
yes, please keep the area feeling natural
Susan Zabriskie
01:40:45
Really appreciate you having these meetings and sharing information and plans, as well as asking for our input.
Winifred Godfrey
01:41:04
Thank you for answering the concerns
Carissa Hudson
01:41:06
Hi Rhoda, Our goal is to increase the natural, native habitat around North Pond.
Susan Zabriskie
01:41:28
Echoing the request of maintaining area's natural feel.
Rebecca Conant
01:44:27
It's so great to hear that so many people want to keep the pond looking and feeling more natural and less manicured. That is certainly one of our goals with this restoration. We want to make sure all the natural habitat that benefits both us and that various animals that use the park stay and even increase as much as possible.
Panos Toulis
01:45:38
Thanks for the points, Rebecca!
Panos Toulis
01:45:47
*pointers
Jim Damato
01:45:57
Thank you to Doug and your Team. This was a fantastic presentation! So grateful for everyone's dedication and energy to this project.
Rebecca Conant
01:46:51
Thank everyone for you questions and support of the pond!
Audrey Wennink
01:47:39
thank you - great meeting!
Amy Lardner
01:48:31
Yes, many have told me they deeply care that the project's outcome remains as close to a simple unfussy nature/natural feeling as possible vs. the the feel of the South Pond restoration.
Britt Uhlenhake
01:51:23
Thank you for this important feedback. We want to ensure that the area around North Pond remains as natural as possible.
Amy Lardner
01:59:54
This project is so important to help wildlife, absorb rain/storm water, and encourage city dwellers to connect with nature right in the city for decades to come. Thank you for hosting these meetings and for your diligence in anticipating and answering our questions tonight.
Panos Toulis
02:02:03
Thanks! Great meeting.
Rebecca Conant
02:02:16
Thank you!
Aaron Hammond (LPC Staff)
02:02:32
Thank you everyone for joining us!