Protecting Green Space

The 40th Ward is home to some of the best parks in the city. Pat has made parks and preserving green space for our families as a priority. Parks serve as community meeting places, safe places to take our children, and hubs of our neighborhoods.

Pat helped secure funding to transform Winnemac Park from an empty field to one of the best parks in the city.  Pat also spearheaded the 20.5 acre West Ridge Nature Preserve project in Rosehill Cemetery, saving the area from development that would wipe out the natural habitats. The park includes prairies, wetlands, walking paths, a 4.5-acre pond perfect for fishing, children’s place space and outdoor classroom settings.

Pat has supported the building and renovation of every park and playlot in the 40th Ward, including the dog park and boathouse at River Park.

Pat was instrumental in starting the first community garden of the Peterson Garden Project, which now includes 8 community gardens in our area.

40th Ward Alderman Patrick O'Connor