friends of big marsh

In collaboration with the Chicago Park District, Friends of Big Marsh was formed in 2015 to begin planning and fundraising for a bike park at Big Marsh. Bringing together neighborhood residents, bike-industry professionals, birders, nature lovers, and corporate sponsors, the group is now led by Paul Fitzgerald and Chental Handy. Along with an engaged Board of Directors, Paul and Chental work to build opportunities for neighbors, develop new park amenities, and work for the best of the Calumet Region.

recreational equipment inc.

Since 1938, REI has embraced the transformational power of nature. Through top-quality gear and apparel, rental equipment, expert advice and inspiring stories, they encourage a love of outdoor adventures. The Chicago Park District and its partners are trailblazers in urban eco-recreation, and support from REI has helped to build awareness of and engagement with the Southeast Side’s natural areas. REI grant funds also support this website to better engage visitors seeking information about the history, ecology, and eco-recreational activities available in this part of the city.

thank you to our many other partners