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Celebrating North pond Nature Sanctuary

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North Pond Ribbon Cutting

On April 18, 2024, we celebrated the completion of Phase One of the North Pond Nature Sanctuary Restoration with a ribbon cutting attended by many of the community members who made this project possible. We began with a few words from some of our project partners, followed by a celebratory toast provided by North Pond Restaurant and the ribbon cutting itself. Afterward, a short reception at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum featured Rosemary Nadolsky’s whimsical performance of her original song inspired by, and created for, North Pond.

As the new Executive Director of the Lincoln Park Conservancy, it was such a pleasure for me to hear the stories of the folks who saw this project through and the love they have for North Pond, Lincoln Park, and Chicago as a city. The collaboration among the Conservancy, the Chicago Park District, the community, the experts that completed the work and our donors provided a successful model of a joint public-private partnership committing to the betterment of an area that is fondly referred to by many as Chicago’s front yard. It is a testament to what can be accomplished by working together. 

North Pond Ribbon Cutting
North Pond Ribbon Cutting
North Pond Ribbon Cutting

Of course, with ecological restoration, the work is never done. This June, 10,000 aquatic plugs will be planted in several zones along the edge of the pond. Look for some temporary fencing that will go in to protect those plugs from wildlife as they take root. Also upcoming is the installation of new compressors, mixers and aerators. And as always, the ongoing effort of stewardship continues. 

It has been a long and worthwhile journey to get to this point and we at the Conservancy look forward to protecting this beautiful landscape. Thank you for the trust you have given us. 

If you are interested in how the project unfolded, visit our website at North Pond Nature Sanctuary Restoration. 

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