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Planting Bird Habitat at Gillson Park

Please join members of GGW as we help create wonderful new bird habitat at Gillson Park! More than 20 community groups and hundreds of volunteers will be volunteering with the Ouilmette Foundation and … [Read More...]

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Active By Design Summit

Go Green Wilmette is focused on making Wilmette and the north suburbs a better place to walk and bike.  We will be hosting an active transportation summit called "Active by Design” October 3 - 5, … [Read More...]


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Chicago Most Bike-Friendly City in U.S.

Bicycling magazine named Chicago the best city for bicyclists in the U.S., beating out New York City, which placed first in the previous biennial ranking in 2014. In its 50 best bike cities rankings, the publication cited several major developments that contributed to Chicago’s top spot, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s completion of “100 miles of buffered and protected bike lanes,” the forthcoming completion of the Loop Link transit project, which will make Chicago “the first major U.S. city with a downtown network of protected bike lanes” and the continued expansion of the Divvy bike-share program. Read more here.

Dear Robin,

What is the bird habitat planting at Gillson Park that I’ve been hearing about?

The Park District is partnering with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to create habitat for migrating birds at Gillson Park. We’ll be adding flowering trees and shrubs, wildflowers, and native grasses within many new garden beds. The habitat will create a much-needed refuge for tired birds and many beautiful spaces for us to enjoy.

More than 20 community groups and hundreds of volunteers will be volunteering with the Ouilmette Foundation and Wilmette Park District the weekend of Sept 24-25 to help create habitat for migrating birds at Gillson.

This is a community-wide initiative involving many local groups as volunteers. Go Green Wilmette will be helping to put in thousands of native plants! No experience is necessary, just be willing to work hard and get dirty. Those of you with strength and stamina are especially needed to run a mechanical auger, so look for that option on the sign up page.

The entire Wilmette Community is invited to help this project come to life!We have thousands of plants to get into the ground, and many hands make short work. Come get your hands dirty, and help create something wonderful.

All garden beds are sponsored by local community groups who invite you to join them for one of the planting shifts.

Saturday, September 24th or Sunday, September 25th

Morning 9:00 to 12:00 or Afternoon 1:00 to 4:00

To help, click here , find the time and community group that you would like to work with and sign up.

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