The Mason Rock
is located at the northern tip of Belmont Harbor
According to Wikipedia, Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary, formerly Lincoln Park Addison Migratory Bird Sanctuary. First landscaped and constructed with limited public access in the 1920’s, under the leadership of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, its spring is supplied with city water to mimic a natural lake marsh environment, with attendant forest and meadow environments. Most of its 7-acre (2.8 ha) area is entirely fenced around to preserve the habitat from human encroachment. Instead, a nature trail and a viewing platform are at its surrounding perimeter. During the 1940’s, its Park District caretakers lost funding and the site was padlocked. In 1968, the entire site was almost bulldozed for golf course development but its Lake View neighbors, including Bill Jarvis, led a successful campaign to save and restore it. Today it hosts more than 150 species of birds, including six species of herons, like the black crowned night heron; wood ducks; woodcock; hawks; yellow-billed cuckoos; hummingbirds; thrushes; vireos; 34 species of warblers; and 18 native species of sparrows. In addition, small mammals such as rabbit, opossum, raccoon, and occasionally fox and coyote make their home there. View it with this YouTube link.
photo - DNAinfo
Sierra Club Birding & Nature Walk 2012
The below Chicago Tribune articles below tell a story of a donation to Chicago Park District that would later become an epicenter of Native American protest at the site and along the Belmont Harbor.
Judge Tree purchased the statue for the LPBC
Lincoln Park Board Commissioners
once used for horse riding in the mid-century
photo - Alderman Cappleman's 46th ward website
'The abandoned Waveland Clock Tower building, once used by golfers as a locker room, will soon be home to a youth development facility and after-school golfing program. First Tee Greater Chicago, a youth golfing initiative of the World Golf Foundation, broke ground in January on a project to convert part of the 89-year-old clocktower building into the program’s youth clubhouse. The 1,250-square-foot facility, 3701 N. Recreation Drive, will house a learning center, lounge and golf simulator open to all kids and teens enrolled in First Tee throughout the year. It will also have outdoor areas designated for putting, full-swing and short game practice.'
consisted of the reconstruction of 1,000 linear feet of shoreline. Improvements included the construction of steel sheet pile and concrete revetment. The construction cost of this project was $5 million. Contracts on this project were administered by the DOT and CPD. The project was completed in 1999.
consists of the reconstruction of 1,700 linear feet of shoreline. The contract on this project was administered by USACE. The cost of the project was $10.5 million & completed in summer 2004.
mid 20th century negatives below - Ebay
via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
The AIDS Garden seeks to help preserve that memory and to honor the history of HIV/AIDS in Chicago. It is fitting to create a garden in that Belmont Rocks space. Since the early days of gay movement, the Belmont Rocks were a place to call our own. The lakefront stretch of stone and grass from Belmont to Diversey harbors was a public space Chicago’s LGBTQ community claimed from the 1960's through the 1990's. This was more than a frequented area. The Rocks were a political statement tied to our liberation, a symbol of our right to be here, our right to exist, and our right to gather outside and in the sunlight at a time when our bars still had blackened windows. Community happened along this undesirable strip of uneven limestone blocks. Relationships and friendships happened here, hook-ups, unions, memorials, picnics, cookouts, dance parties, and rallies. Artwork covered many of these stones. At the Rocks, people lay in the sun, watched the sunset before going out, and sat to watch the sunrise after the bars closed. In 2003 the Belmont Rocks were bulldozed and removed as part of a revetment project to safeguard against shoreline erosion.
The only tennis court left in Chicago with a clay playing field
an aerial view
A Proposed Soccer Field
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