HPP does not endorse one side or the other on this issue. This post, and the information included with it, and in the comments, is meant as a public service before a public meeting, and to allow for community debate and clarification of the issues.
I don't know the history here, but the details are all going to be rolled out tomorrow night, so check it out if you're curious, or just want to weigh in as a citizen park user, to balance out folks who live immediately adjacent to the Kenwood Park.
The note appended below is presented to stimulate discussion.
Dear Baseball Family,
As you may or may not know, Legends Baseball has been embroiled in a
dispute with neighbors of Kenwood Park regarding our desire to expand
our league to include 13-15 year olds (which would play on Saturday
and Sunday) and our desire to move Fall Ball to Shoesmith.
We received a go ahead from the Alderman for these two proposals in
December. Since then, several articles have appeared in the Hyde Park
Herald critical of our plans. While Julie Lemon, the head of this ad
hoc grouping claims to be representing the Kenwood Park Advisory
Council, the Chicago Park District has informed us that no such group
exists. She has selectively passed out to the community spurious and
incorrect information regarding our program. This information suggests
that the four baseball fields and the existing program are too much.
They prefer to severely limit use of the baseball fields and have more
soccer and a doggie run.
As a result what may be a very heated meeting will be held THIS
WEDNESDAY, January 9th at St. Paul the Redeemer church (located at
50th and Dorchester opposite Shoesmith) at 7:00 PM.
HPK Legends is in desperate need of your help. The room will be filled
with individuals opposing our program and we need to balance it with
our baseball supporters. PLEASE COME TO THE MEETING.
If it is absolutely impossible for you to attend the meeting, please
email Alderman Preckwinkle at firstname.lastname@example.org with a
brief letter of your support for baseball's existing program and
Please defend HPK Legends; a program that belongs to all of us, or we
could lose it.
Please RSVP if you can attend the meeting. We must know that we have
Sincerely, Evonne Taylor, President, Hyde Park Kenwood Legends