Maplewood and Lucy Flower Park Advisory Council
The Maplewood & Lucy Flower Park Advisory Council (or MLFPAC, as its affectionately known) acts as West Bucktown's liaison between the community and the Chicago Park District. While it functions as a separate entity from the WBNA, we like to think of ourselves as "one big happy West Bucktown family."
Those two beautiful parks we all enjoy within West Bucktown's boundaries? They are the result of hundreds of hours of sweat equity and grant writing by MLFPAC and Garden Club members. (You didn't think all those new bulbs, flowers, and trees planted themselves, did you?) During the spring and summer months, you'll find MLFPAC members and neighborhood volunteers working tirelessly to weed, water and maintain Maplewood and Lucy Flower Parks for all of us. It's a big job, but they do it because they firmly believe that strong parks make for strong communities.
In addition to spearheading gardening, landscaping, and clean-up efforts, MLFPAC also acts as the "eyes and ears" for the Parks District. They report graffiti, submit maintenance requests, promote Park District programs at Maplewood, and keep a close eye on gang activity in the area. Members also attend semi-annual Park District budget hearings to lobby on behalf of Maplewood and Lucy Flower, and they conduct fundraising throughout the year to cover additional expenses, such as the Lucy Flower Renovation project and scholarships for area children to attend Park District programs at Maplewood.
MLFPAC and its associated Garden Clubs are always looking for a few new green thumbs to join their team! If you're not afraid of getting your hands a little dirty, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Past. Present. Future.
The years have been good to our little parks. If you would like to see the hard work and transformation that took place to make Lucy Flower what it is today, check out the Lucy Flower Renovation project. Thanks to Chicago Cares for sprucing up Maplewood's Park house and landscaping three years in a row.
Maplewood and Lucy Flower Park Advisory council have applied for seed grants
West Bucktown Neighborhood Association