Ok, so I love the Skinner school’s metallic ribbed metal facade – the building is wonderful so I walk around it alot with my dog Bowie. (Skinner is Chicago’s Skinner Elementary School serves grades PK-8 in the Chicago Public Schools district. It is among the few public schools in Illinois to receive a distinguished GreatSchools Rating of 10 out of 10.) . So it’s great that it has a building to show it’s excellence. It is surely a new looking building… empowered and freed from the heavy brick and neo-classical look of the older schools. I went to one such heavy brick and heavy school as a CPS grammar school as a kid and I think that going to a bright, open school like this on a park would help define a positive intention each day for all who enter.
MICAH MAIDENBERG photo from Chicago Journal
If you have not gone by … head over there and walk around the school. The buildings on Block Y now benefit from such a major infastructure improvement. Now there is movement afoot to build a new dog park at the Northeast corner of Loomis and Monroe-the land is about to be cleared by the city as a 2 story building comes down at Monroe/Loomis. The city is holding planning meetings. Alderman Burnett is said to have interest in a dog park there. See this article in the Chicago Journal and if your interested in helping please contact the Skinner Park Advisory council.
Then contact Alderman Burnett’s office and shoot off an email to tell him you want a dog park.