Residents of the Springdale neighborhood of Western Springs flooded into their park to finally enjoy a concert that has twice before been called on account of rain.
The last two years, Springdale has seen its Concert in the Park event rained out—but the skies were clear and the temperatures balmy on Thursday evening as the West Suburban Band played for a healthy-sized assemblage in Springdale Park. The event was organized by the Springdale Civic Organization and attracted both older residents and families with kids. Early on in the concert, the band played an assembly of Civil War songs, a Sousa march and a sax-centered piece called "Saxophobia." A "guess-the-number-of-balls-in-the-jar" contest was held, and a local resident passed out free Italian ice. Patch dropped by with a camera; check out some of our shots above!
The lightning- and storm-prediction system in Spring Rock Park will get multiple horns this spring, while Springdale Park is receiving Spring Rock’s old system.
The Western Springs Park District has scheduled an overhaul of the Spring Rock Park weather-detection system for this spring with a new system that will more effectively notify parkgoers and athletic participants of lightning and storm danger. A new Thorguard Lightning Prediction and Warning System will be installed on the equipment shed just west of the park’s roller-hockey rink, where the current system is at the moment. The main advantage is that the new system allows for a second horn cluster to be placed remotely: in this case, on the “Steve’s Place” shack in the east of the park. Director of Parks Craig Himmelman said that the dual horns would make it more difficult for people in the parks to accidentally ignore the signs of danger…