West siders push to change Columbus Park’s name

Three women have started an online petition to rename 135-acre park in Austin. They hope to soon have a name to recommend to the Chicago Park District, which has the power to make the change. Columbus Park was named a National Historic Landmark in 2003. If the park board approves a name change for Columbus Park, it would be the second – after the renaming of Douglass Park after abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

Columbus Park gets techie

A high school student is helping teach West Side youth ages 11 to 17 the basics of computer technology with the help of U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis and Austin Peoples Action Center. There is room for anyone interested in taking the six-week course.

Holiday tree recycling begins Saturday

Residents will be able to drop off live holiday trees through Jan. 18th inside tree corrals set up at 25 designated Chicago Park District sites, including Garfield Park, 100 N. Central Park Ave., and Riis Park, 6201 W. Wrightwood Ave.

Work out for free this week at Chicago park facilities

The Chicago Park District will offer free access to 69 fitness centers located in parks citywide, including Austin, and a free preview of over 25 fitness classes being offered during winter session. Free lap swim is also available at many citywide pools. Register online or sign in onsite.