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CURRENT ISSUES

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FAiR

The O'Hare Modernization Project (OMP) created a significant increase in air traffic and pollution over the Hollywood-North Park Community. Members of HNPCA, along with other civic organizations and concerned citizens, formed a group "FAiR" (Fair Allocation in Runways) to work with city and FAA officials on this issue. There has been growing momentum for a change in how O'Hare will move forward with remaining steps in the OMP plan. Alderman Laurino and Representative Mike Quigley have been working with HNPCA and members of the FAiR Coalition on this issue. For more information, visit FAiR's website at www.fairchicago.org.  Regular updates are provided at HNPCA membership meetings, as available.

Bryn Mawr Revitalization

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A group of HNPCA members have taken on the task of working with our Bryn Mawr Avenue business owners to create a stronger sense of community, revitalize the commerical district, and better serve the needs of the neighborhood. Beautification has been a high priority, as well as the development of relationships with and among business and property owners. Recent projects have included the community mural at the Northeast Corner of Spaulding and Bryn Mawr and the installation of seasonal doorhangers. For more information on this group's activities and future projects,  send us a note at hnpca@sbcglobal.net

Part of the Bryn Mawr Revitalization Project will include development of an online directory of businesses so that neighbors can easily access information about products and services available right here in Hollywood-North Park.  This initiative will further include proposals for on-Avenue events like evening progressives to sample the dining options, holiday parades, and other exciting possibilities. Stay tuned for more information, or join us for a meeting to learn what's new.

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NEIU Expansion
 

Northeastern Illinois University's "Decade of Dreams" has caused significant concern among Hollywood-North Park residents as the university has employed the power of eminent domain to secure property for proposed dormitories and commercial space on the 3400 block of West Bryn Mawr Avenue.  Click here for the most recent news on this development.  The University has developed a community meeting forum, drawing members of HNPCA and multiple other area organizations to update members on current issues and events. The most recent meetin of this NEIU Neighborhood Network (NNN) was held March 7th 2016.  Summary Notes from the HNPCA representatives at the meeting are linked here

North Park Village

The protection of North Park Village and its natural resources has always been a priority of the Hollywood-North Park Community Association. North Park Village Nature Center features a 46-acre nature preserve and educational facility, which are situated within the 155-acre North Park Village campus. The nature preserve offers trails that wind through woodland, wetland, prairie and savanna. A discovery room, a hands-on table of natural objects, and interactive displays are highlights of the Nature Center. HNPCA members join with the North Park Village Advisory Council to address concerns of patrons and residents, and to plan for events. To learn more about this dynamic and precious place in the heart of the Hollywood-North Park Community, visit their website here or contact HNPCA Chair and NPV Liaison Jack Smith. 

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North Park Art Center
 

It's been a few years since we've been able to pull together a North Park Art Walk but the North Park Art Center continues its work in other ways. In November 2014, we were pleased to bring together a co-hort of community and art activits and advocates to design and develop a community mural installation at the Northeast corner of Bryn Mawr and Spaulding Avenues. Aided by our friends at the Korean Chamber of Commerce, Northeastern Illinois University, Koh-Varilla Guild, and the Bryn Mawr Revitalization Group, along with support from Alderman Margaret Laurino's office, the mural was prepared by a neighborhood student and installed for a one-year presentation. North Park Art Center hopes to continue this program in the future, with art pieces donated to community locations throughout the HNPCA service area.

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Emerald Ash Borer

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Native to Asia, the Emerald Ash Borer is an exotic beetle that was unknown in North America until June 2002 when it was discovered as the cause for the decline of many ash trees in southeast Michigan and neighboring Windsor, Ontario, Canada. It has since been found in several states from the east coast spanning across the midwest and in June 2006, we discovered that it had taken up residence in Illinois. 


No bigger than a penny, this green menace has wreacked havoc on millions of ash trees in the Midwest and if not controlled it could wipe out the ash tree species in North America. The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage but cause little damage. The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark or cambium layer which is the crucial layer between the bark and wood of ash trees, disrupting the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients. 

 

HNPCA's Green Team has been working diligently on this issue, cooperating with city and DNR officials, as well as counterparts in other civic organizations and the North River Commission, to treat as many affected trees in our area as possible. More can always be done. For information on how you can help save our trees, please contact HNPCA Green Team coordinator, Susan Casey. For more detailed information on the EAB problem, you can visit the Illinois information page www.illinoiseab.com.