Little Calumet and National Rivers Month
June celebrates National Rivers Month. Blue Islanders are fortunate to enjoy the Little Calumet River. Once the site of American Indian encampments, this unique waterway begins in Indiana before turning back toward Lake Michigan between Blue Island and Riverdale.
Overlooked or neglected, the Calumet Waterway Stewards aim to raising the awareness of the Little Calumet River by encouraging recreational use and environmental stewardship. On June 1, 2013, the Calumet Waterway Stewards hosted their annual Little Calumet River clean up day. Over 30 volunteers gathered at Calumet Woods and fanned out along the shoreline collecting trash and debris. An enthusiastic group of students from Larry Hawkins charter school even pitched in at Whistler Woods, cleaning along the Cal-Sag Channel and Major Taylor Trail!
Forest Preserve District of Cook County and REI provided supplies for the volunteers. Calumet Waterway Stewards is an Illinois Water TrailKeepers partnership and includes organizations such as Openland and the City of Blue Island. To learn more visit www.calumetwaterwaystewards.com and volunteer for the next event!
Millennium Reserve Public Meeting in Blue Island (10/25)
Did you know that Blue Island has more Millennium Reserve Initiative Projects than any other Community in Northeast Illinois!
Attend a Public Meeting hosted by the Blue Island Park District and the City of Blue Island:
- Hear about Blue Island Millennium Reserve Projects.
- Learn about National, Regional and Local Open Space Initiatives
- Play an active role in providing input on open space planning
We hope you can attend!
When: Thurs, Oct 25, 2012 @ 6:30pm
Where: Memorial Park Fieldhouse, 12804 Highland Ave
Transit Stations as Destinations Pay Economic Dividends
The Porch at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia is a lively new urban space and a catalyst for community growth. What do you envision for Blue Island’s Vermont Street Station?? Photo courtesy of University City District.
Transit-oriented development (TOD) – dense, mixed-use housing and retail development near a public transit location – is an important community investment approach. But the “T” in TOD is not an end in and of itself: While the benefits transit can generate in a community include increased property values, access to affordable housing, reduced household transportation costs, and decreased traffic congestion, to get the most economic value from transit, TOD must leverage station activity by creating a destination people want to visit.
Creating a Place
Transit stations are natural focal points in neighborhoods simply because they attract people. That foot traffic brings consumers to local businesses and decreases congestion in neighborhoods, so it makes sense for public agencies to promote and private developers to invest in development around transit. TOD, in turn, generates more transit riders, makes for healthier neighborhoods, lowers household transportation costs, and makes more efficient use of land.
But TOD can go one step further, spurring even more economic activity and playing a larger role in community development. That happens when a transit station’s amenities make it a Place with a capital “P.” Sure, many transit stations have on-site services that meet people’s everyday needs, like a coffee shop or a small grocery store; but when the transit station becomes its own magnet for people and catching the train is just secondary, it goes beyond a place that people simply pass through to a destination where people want to stay. These kinds of stations have proven to make communities stronger and generate higher adjacent land values – in turn creating the potential to front future station improvements through value capture financing.
First Lady Michelle Obama Announces Next Chapter of Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties
First Lady Michelle Obama and 12 local elected officials from across the country announced on July 18, 2012 the next chapter of Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC), which encourages local elected officials to commit to and focus on 5 keys goals important to improving the health of their communities.
Developed with the role of local elected officials in mind, these goals were designed to better unify the activities of cities, towns and counties throughout the country to prevent childhood obesity. The National League of Cities (NLC) is receiving funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to provide technical assistance to local elected officials in achieving these goals. More information about the initiative, its 5 goals and associated resources can be found in the attached document and by visiting www.healthycommunitieshealthyfuture.org.
Local elected officials can commit to the LMCTC goals and can become part of this movement by going to the “Get Started” page of the site and taking action.
For questions or more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition Launches Text4Baby Contest
In honor of Infant Mortality Awareness Month in September, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition is announcing the text4baby 2012 Fall Sign-up Contest. Text4baby is a FREE, nationwide texting service delivering critical health and safety tips and resources to pregnant women and moms with babies under age one. During the contest period of Sept 1-30, anyone who enrolls in text4baby will be entered to win a year’s supply of Johnson’s Baby products, courtesy of Johnson & Johnson, text4baby's Founding Sponsor. Moms can register online, via Facebook , or by texting BABY (or BEBE in Spanish) to 511-411. The Office of Minority Health is a partner of the text4Baby campaign.
Get Wild this July! Support Blue Island Parks!
July is National Park and Recreation Month.
This July, pledge to GET WILD in Blue Island’s local park and recreation areas! It’s a great time to take advantage of all the healthy benefits they have to offer. Get some added activity, connect with nature, family, and friends, or discover new ways to have fun right in your local community! After pledging, tell your friends and update your Facebook profile image or status with the “I pledged” badge.
Show America How “Wild” You Are About Parks
Take pictures or video of yourself, family, and friends with this poster showing America how “wild” you are about parks and recreation – preferably at Blue Island Park & Recreation areas. Post them to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Websites, and blogs. Tag NRPA and email the link to July@nrpa.org. They’ll be featuring many of these photos in their social media posts, on their Facebook covers and possibly in future issues of their magazine!
Make Blue Island Parks Yours
America’s Backyard is a campaign of the National Recreation and Park Association to protect public parks across the United States. Parks are a valuable resource to every community providing open space and natural environmental resources, providing playgrounds and play spaces for children of all ages, and providing vital social services to the community such as feeding hungry children in the summer, operating senior centers, and providing camps for at-risk children.
Pledge to Spend Time in Blue Island’s Backyard This Summer
Take the pledge that this summer you are going to visit Blue Island’s local public parks. It could be to take a walk, have a picnic, play softball, swim, community garden, take your kids to a playground, volunteer, and many, many other activities. Also, join them on Twitter and Facebook.
Donate to the America’s Backyard Campaign
100% of your donation goes directly to park and recreation programs. Your donation supports local parks and the vital programs that are on the verge of being cut at these parks.
Calling All High School Students: Future Leaders in Planning Needed
FLIP applications. Applications are now available for our Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. Through the program, high school students from throughout the region meet one Saturday per month to learn about the issues that shape our region’s economy and quality of life. Students who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the 2012-13 school year are eligible. For more information, contact Ricardo Lopez (email@example.com or 312-386-8766).