Saturday, June 2, 2012

Buttercup Buzz (And Photos, Too)

A reader writes to say:  "Buttercup Park appears to be open!‏ I drove by today and the construction screens were down, gates were open, and folks were strolling through.  I can't wait to visit with my son!"

Another reader sent in the photo above to show the fences are down! And Ald. Osterman writes in today's newsletter:

"This morning, I had the pleasure of joining community members in opening the renovated Buttercup Park at Sheridan and Ainslie. The renewed park has received a 1 million dollar renovation which includes a new community plaza, new playground equipment, fresh green space and chess tables. I want to thank PC Gooden-Smiley and former Alderman Mary Ann Smith who, along with many others, were the driving force behind the renovation.

On Saturday, June 16, I hope you will join the Buttercup Park Advisory Council, my office and other special guests for a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening. Click here for the press release. The transformation of Buttercup Park will be a wonderful recreational and congregational area for many years to come, and it will contribute to making this community a safe, happy, and vibrant place to live."

A UU reader took some photos earlier this month, and the playlot and grounds look beautiful.  Here are two we posted early in May, and below are more from the set.  Enjoy!


  1. Nice to see some of those globe decorations from the Roosevelt viaduct recycled here. I always wondered what would happen to the ones removed for the RooseVelt Collection.

  2. What a fun and well designed park! We love it!

    That having been said, we were there on Saturday and there was a strange older white man (grey beard, on bike) outside of the playground filming the children. Someone called the police and they spoke with him, took his information down, but he had no criminal record. Still, something very creepy about him, so parents - be alert!

    The park is very busy, which is great, and some kids are not playing as nicely as others (basically big kids with no parents there supervising them, throwing balls around little kids, sitting on the equipment and not moving so other kids cannot use it, swearing, etc).

    I think parents cannot be intimidated by these kids and just need to ask them to move along and to play nicely. There is a clear divide between the kids who are there with their parents and those who are not, but with so many really little kids playing we need to be careful. The cops were also called on one of these big kids who was clearly there to start trouble (mixed race Asian/African American kid who got mouthy with the parents then thought it was funny they called the cops).

    Anyway, growing pains, but awesome park!