THE CHALLENGE?? THE SOLUTION?? TALE OF FOUR CITIES?? THE PBS BROADCAST??
SUSTAINABILITY NEWS?? ACTION GUIDE?? DISCUSSIONS?? OUTREACH?? HOME??
" Mayor Daley
" Millennium Park
" Deb Perryman, Elgin High School
" Chicago Wilderness
" Eden Place
" Get Our Newsletter
" Site Search
" Print Page
" E-Mail Page
" Contact Us
A Visit to Eden Place
With Michael Howard
Michael Howard reads with John, an Eden Place visitor.
o Eden Place is the soap box, you might say, that we stand on to say 'Listen up, we've got to start taking more involvement in environmental issues in our community so our children can grow up and be healthy and strong and can compete in the world economy that we live in today.'
Children arrive for a visit to Eden Place.
This is the site of a former 35-year- old illegal dumpsite. What was here when we found it seven years ago was two stories tall of illegal construction debris. We found pieces of the old elevated platform leaned against the wall. It was very exciting to get friends and neighbors, we borrowed bulldozers, asked friends, borrowed backhoes, took 23 tons of concrete out of here to make this into Eden Place.
I think the words say it straightforward, this was a site that has been lost for 35 years, and we were able to look past that and what we're doing now is sculpting out of this tragedy something that is a thing of beauty, a place of peace and solitude. A lot of the senior citizens, they just like to come and sit and watch the plants grow, they like to watch the children when they're in there learning.
For us, Edens Lost and Found, we fit right into that category because what once was lost is now found and we're just trying to expose it to the world and we're just thankful that good people are there to help us.
Copyright ? 2003-2004 All Rights Reserved
Media & Policy Center Foundation