Our group, the Journal of Ordinary Thought, was asked to give our opinions about this small plot of land, which is "three acres on the lake" referred to as "DuSable Park." It's located at the mouth of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago. This "DuSable Park" is right across the river from Navy Pier.
On July 24, we as a group were supposed to meet at the fountain at McClurg Court, one block south of Illinois. Well, it's as you guessed, my daughter and I got lost at first, but we eventually found the place. When we got there, we saw only Annie and Kate. We were the only ones from our group. Annie took us to the DuSable Park site. Other groups were there, too. When we arrived at the park, we had to climb up the small, but steep, hill. My daughter hurt her knee as we were trying to explore this underdeveloped lakefront property.
My first thoughts were, this land has great potential. It made a great impression on me. Wild, (peaceful), wild, everything so free, so small, so quiet. How unique. How serene. Next to the water, a perfect place to kick back and relax, write or draw a picture. It's so remote and hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
I saw different birds, flowers, trees, and greenery that I'd never seen before. Interesting, I must say. And, oh, yes, the beautiful butterflies. High weeds, sometimes rough terrain. We had to walk down a little hill to see boats and ships by the river bank.
They tell me people in the surrounding area and people in high rises across the way wanted to put a garage there. No! No! Please not this beautiful space.
All I can say is, Wow! This is Me! We were told to let go and let our minds explore all possibilities of the gorgeous piece of land.
This would be an excellent way, and time, to honor such a great explorer as Jean Baptiste DuSable, one of our first settlers in Chicago, surrounded by other Americans and Black Americans being acknowledged in the process of the development in some small way.
In my opinion, there should be creative arts: writing, dance, music of all kinds. Just ordinary people in general. A park, especially a small, outdoor museum. Park/museum. Flowers (wild), designed in a circle, brick, scooped, enclosed, arranged differently to show the uniqueness to be recognized in its conception. Live, small animals to view. Extraordinary, wouldn't you say? These plans have been lying dormant. It's been too long. Let's get started!