We don’t know much yet, but here’s what we’ve been told by the contractor who was pulling down the fencing on the north side of the park today:
- Verizon is installing new cell towers in the space between the park and the maintenance building.
- They are going to have to bring in cranes and equipment, and need to have access to the area – hence the takeover of the park.
- The process is going to take on the order of a month (‘industry standard’ for such an installation), but no guarantees.
- Everything will be “put back as it was before” once the installation is complete.
You can make your own inferences about some of the issues here!
For now, the only access to the park is from the south entrance.
The ‘interior fencing’ appears to be secure, and your dogs should have access to the south end, the full gravel area, and the area around the kiosk at the north.
The SLDogPAC has contacted Chicago Park District personnel to get some answers, and we’ll put up another post when we have more information.