Save our Sanctuary
Save the South Shore Nature Sanctuary & Jackson Park Trees
What is happening?
The planned Tiger Woods Golf Course would destroy the South Shore Nature Sanctuary, which is an important South Side natural area and bird sanctuary, and is currently free and open to the public year-round, and turn it into a golf green, and restrict public access.
What’s the problem with this?
COMMUNITY GOLFERS SHUT OUT – Community golfers will be shut out of the course that they’ve come to know and love by periodic tournaments, inaccessible course design, and increased fees.
INEQUITY – North Side natural areas are not being targeted. Imagine if the Magic Hedge at Montrose Park was being bulldozed for a golf course!
TREE LOSS – 2800 heritage trees would be cut down by the project. Tree loss due to the Obama library and recent storms has been substantial. The South Side has already lost literally thousands of trees. We cannot afford to lose any more.
TREE INEQUITY – Mature trees are essential in fighting pollution, overheating and global warming and defending cities from ‘urban heat islands’– areas within cities which have fewer trees and are hotter as a result. Many neighborhoods home to families of color have fewer trees and fewer natural areas – the South Shore neighborhood is an exception. Let’s keep it that way.
TOXIC CHEMICALS AND DRINKING WATER – The PGA golf course would threaten the safety of the South Shore Cultural Center beach, by using aggressive, toxic chemicals to maintain its PGA-quality lawns. We swim in this water, and drink this water!
STEALING NATURAL AREA FROM SOUTH SIDE – The project would take a mature 6-acre natural area that is free and open to the public and turn it into a golf green for a small few to enjoy
HABITAT LOSS – Even a few acres can make a huge difference to migratory bird species and other animals. The unique location of the sanctuary makes it an important location on migratory bird routes.
What’s the ASK?
STOP the destruction of 2800 heritage trees from Jackson Park and South Shore Cultural Center Park
STOP the destruction of the beautiful and well-established South Shore Nature Sanctuary
USE the money from this planned project to improve existing facilities in Jackson Park and South Shore, rather than pushing something on the South Side which makes money for the few at the expense of the general public.
KEEP the golf course accessible and affordable to community golfers
An information sheet by Avi Schwab who is involved in organizing to save the sanctuary
Discussions about saving the sanctuary can be found on the Save Our Sanctuary Twitter
Why Save the South Shore Nature Sanctuary? by Eric Allix Rogers
A 2017 petition collected over 1400 signatures in support of the Sanctuary
Take the Tiger Woods South Side golf course off the table (Chicago Sun-Times, 08/17/2022)
Hyde Park Herald: South Shore Nature Sanctuary Celebrates 20th Year Amidst Uncertain Future (07/25/2022)
Chicago Tribune: South Shore Nature Sanctuary, a ‘way to feel connected to the Earth ... in the city,’ turns 20 (07/15/2022)
Hyde Park Herald: South Shore Nature Sanctuary to celebrate 20th anniversary (07/12/2022)
Block Club: Celebrate The South Shore Nature Sanctuary’s 20th Birthday (06/23/2022)
Block Club: Organizers Rally to Save Trees From Being Cut Down in Jackson Park (03/30/2022)
Preservation Chicago: Plans Emerge to Bulldoze South Shore Nature Sanctuary and 2k Old Growth Trees for Private Golf Course (03/30/2022)
WTTW: Ald. Leslie Hairston Stands By Comment That Nature Sanctuary is ‘Dead’ (09/19/2019)
Chicago Reporter: Fight for South Shore Nature Sanctuary is latest environmental justice flashpoint (08/22/2019)
Chicago Reader: South Shore Nature Sanctuary Still Alive (08/21/2019)
Block Club: South Shore Nature Sanctuary is Far From Dead (08/15/2019)
Chicago Sun-Times: Ald. Leslie Hairston Accused of Lying About Nature Sanctuary as Part Of ‘Marketing Campaign’ to Jump-start Golf Course Merger (08/14/2019)
Openlands: Have You Discovered the South Shore Nature Sanctuary? (06/28/2018)
Editorial: South Side Golf Course Plan Full of Holes (Chicago Sun-Times, 07/30/2017)
Chicago Tribune: Will Tiger Woods Golf Course Displace South Shore Nature Sanctuary? (06/28/2017)