35th

Date: 
05/01/2010
AldermanColon

Alderman Colon reviews reports in his office.

 

Alderman Rey Colón's 35th Ward Community Service Center is located at 2710 N. Sawyer Ave.  To submit a Service Request, you are encouraged to Call: 773-365-3535, Email: ward35@cityofchicago.org or visit the Community Service Center.  The hours are: Monday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Tuesday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Appointments can be made to meet with the Alderman; he is also available to meet one-on-one without an appointment each Monday at "Ward Night" 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Raised in his community, he holds fond memories of the various neighborhood events that brought families and neighbors together. As Alderman, he continues this tradition by encouraging many family friendly activities that promote community health, increase business foot-traffic and instill a sense of pride among residents.

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35th Ward Office

His efforts include opening the boulevards to bicyclists and pedestrians for fun, car-free community-wide exercise and introducing the "Open Streets" event to Chicago. By partnering with local artists, business leaders and community-based organizations, he assists in creating a vibrant art scene in the Ward. He has hosted the Palmer Square Boulevard Arts Festival and is working on the 3rd Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival.  In 2005, he established the Logan Square Farmer's Market which today draws 1,000 people each Sunday from June through October. Also in its third year will be the traveling bicycle parade and festival, "Tour de Fat", which he brought to Chicago.

Despite the current economic challenges, the amount of community events and thriving new businesses in the 35th Ward continues to grow.  Activities like Logan Square Preservation's House Walk, Summer Sessions on the Square and the Boulevard Bash continue to make the 35th Ward a popular place to live and visit.  As one of Chicago's most densely developed areas, the 35th Ward has the least amount of open space per capita of any Chicago community area except South Lawndale. The majority of its open space is along wide, tree-lined boulevards and acreage for traditional open spaces, such as parks and ball fields, is well below minimum standards.

The Logan Square Open Space Plan provides a blueprint for increasing the amount of quality open space on Chicago's Northwest Side.  Open Space Projects throughout the neighborhood have included creating soft-surface Campus Parks on school playgrounds, establishing numerous community gardens in vacant lots, running trails and sculptured tot-lot features in Palmer Square and the popular Logan Square Skate Park.  Future Open Space projects currently in process include the development of a linear park on the abandoned Bloomingdale rail line known as; The Bloomingdale Trail.  A community apple orchard will be created steps from the Logan Square Centennial Monument and a dog-friendly park is planned at Artesian St. and Western Ave.

Colón labels himself as an independent, progressive City Council leader. In the last seven years, he has taken an innovative approach to increasing resident participation in local government and establishing transparency. He supports conscientious development while preserving the historical landscape, promoting active-living and improving the overall quality of life in the 35th Ward. His vision builds on these achievements, making the 35th Ward one of the most diverse and exciting areas in Chicago.

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