Monday, June 19, 2017

96th St. construction update

I previously posted the info below. This morning I got a better look. While this does affect the ability of traffic to cross the Metra tracks, it's actually a utility project - looks like replacement of water and sewer lines. This might take a while.
Last night I discovered a bit of construction I wasn't expecting.

Hopefully they'll be done within a week or two.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail workday on Sat. 6/17

This Saturday 6/17 Friends of the Major Taylor Trail will be having a trail clean-up workday to continue the clean-up work we did on Earth Day.  This event is part of It's Your Park Day.

We will meet at 9:00 a.m. by the mural -  where the trail meets 111th St. (approx. 1030W) and work until around noon. 

If you plan to join us, please RSVP at the link below, so that we have an idea how many volunteers to expect. If you have questions or aren't on Chainlink, contact us by email.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Whistler Woods habitat restoration workday on Sat. 6/10 - CANCELLED

Just got a CANCELLATION notice from the workday leader. :(  Workday at Dan Ryan Woods is still on, so you if you want to get a dose of nature, I hope you'll go there instead.

It's great to get outdoors. Volunteers are needed on Saturday 6/10 from 10 am to 1 pm for a habitat restoration workday - invasive species removal.  Light snacks and water will be available. This is rescheduled from 6/3.

Hiking boots or other boots or shoes that offer good support and traction are a good idea. When you arrive, look for volunteers along the lefthand side of the main parking lot, near the end of the parking lot. If you have work gloves, bring them, otherwise gloves will be available.  

How to get there:   Whistler Woods is just east of 13400 S Halsted in Riverdale.

By bike: if you're coming from the north, ride the Major Taylor Trail south until it ends in Whistler Woods and continue to the parking lot to find the volunteers.

By car: take Halsted to Forestview (13400S) - parking lot is the first left turn after you turn east onto Forestview.

From I-57, exit at eastbound 127th, then turn right on Halsted, then continue to 13400S and follow the directions above.

From I-94, exit at westbound 130th.  Continue past the viaduct, right (northbound) on Indiana, then continue left on 127th. Follow the directions above.

By transit:  Pace 352 Halsted bus

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Dan Ryan Woods habitat restoration workday on Sat. 6/10

It's great to get outside. Come out and volunteer at Dan Ryan Woods this Saturday 6/10 from 9:00 am-noon for Friends of the Forest Preserves' monthly habitat restoration workday. Tools, gloves, and training provided. If you have work gloves you like, bring those. Wearing hiking boots or work boots is recommended.

Meet at the 91st St. parking lot (just north of the 91st St. Metra station).  Please contact Larry Unruh at 708-752-2623 or Benjamin Cox at 773-398-1178 or for more information.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail meeting on Mon. 5/15

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail will meet on Mon. 5/15 at Ridge Park fieldhouse (1817 W 96th St.), 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

For those who aren't familiar with our group and what we do, we are a non-profit advocacy group working to improve and maintain the Major Taylor Trail and promote its use. We have an active working relationship with the Chicago Park District, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Openlands and other non-profits and government agencies. We organize volunteer workdays, bike rides and other events.

We'd love to have your ideas and help with future events and projects. Please join us! Everyone is welcome.