The Ashe Park Advisory Council is one of many community-based volunteer action groups within the City of Chicago. The A.P.A.C. recently organized a comprehensive effort of clearing, clean-up and waterfront restoration.

Invasive species before clearing & cleanup

First the A.P.A.C. cut down the numerous plants and weeds (most of which were non-native, invasive species) that had overgrown the waterfront area, then members from the neighborhood spent a day cleaning up the litter and clearing the bracken from the site. Kids, apartment dwellers and homeowners from the area joined for a day of action and community collaboration to beautify their local green space. The City of Chicago’s Dept. of Streets & Sanitation sent a photographer to document the transformation and present this initiative to Mayor Daley and the city’s Aldermen.

Qae-Dah clears brush & the kids enjoy pitching in

Organized by Chicago Conservation Corps leader and restoration organizer, Qae-Dah Muhammad, this action brought the community together in positive ways. These efforts are an integral part of the city’s maintaining and developing green spaces; neighborhoods taking ownership of public access land, and community members coming together to effect their neighborhood and have a fun time doing it! For more information about Ashe Park, contact the Ashe Park Advisory Council at

The all volunteer crew on Clean Up Day

If you are interested in organizing a similar revitalization project in your neighborhood, contact the Chicago Conservation Corps or to specifically develop community garden projects, contact the Chicago Green Corps. Also Neighbor Space supports local green neighborhood initiatives.

All photos from the Ashe Park Advisory Council and Eric Tabb, Dept. of Streets & Sanitation. Click on photos for enlargements.