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Chicago Park District Wants To Rename West Ridge Nature Preserve. Here’s How To Weigh In

The park is known to neighbors as West Ridge Nature Preserve, but officially it is named Park No. 568.

The park known as West Ridge Nature Preserve.
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WEST RIDGE — The Chicago Park District is seeking public input on what to name the park known as West Ridge Nature Preserve.

Officially the park at 5801 N. Western Ave. is named Park No. 568. The park district gives every park a number, and uses that number as the official name if a more original name hasn’t been bestowed.

Now the park district has received a request to name it West Ridge Nature Preserve Park. The district will take community input on the park’s name until Sept. 28.

The grassy, 21-acre park along the western border of Rosehill Cemetery was known as West Ridge Nature Preserve by the time it opened to the public in September 2015.

The park site was previously used as a dumping grounds for the cemetery. It was acquired by the park district in 2012 and now holds a pond, wetlands, native planting areas, boardwalks and walking trails.

Officially naming the area West Ridge Nature Preserve Park has the support of Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th) and the local park advisory council. The name is geographically appropriate because of its proximity to prehistoric ridges in the area, the advisory council wrote on its website.

To provide feedback on the naming process, call the park district at 312-742-4762, email at or write to the Chicago Park District, Dept. of Legislative and Community Affairs, 541 N. Fairbanks, Chicago, IL 60611.

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