Without Elsie Jacobsen, there would be no Oak Park Conservatory. In recognition of her "Save the Garfield Conservatory" drive in 1970 after the facility had fallen into disrepair during the 1960s, the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory and the Park District of Oak Park announced the creation of the Elsie Jacobsen Discovery Garden, honoring the memory of one of Oak Park's all-time champions of civic pride.
When Scott Thies, the athletic director at Fenwick, began the search for a new wrestling head coach this spring, he wanted to find a person who knows how to run a program rather than just coach a team. Thies believes he found that match in Reggie Wright.
Rachel Smylie had a smile that could light up Oak Park Stadium. When I heard about Smylie's death in a single-car crash on April 7 in Namibia (a country in southern Africa) while studying abroad, like anybody who heard the tragic news, I was deeply saddened.
Of the 18 players on Trinity's soccer roster, Claire Hasley is the lone senior. That's pretty encouraging news for the present and future of a program whose varsity squad went 15-7-1 and won a regional championship in 2013.
Like several area high school baseball and softball programs, Fenwick's softball team wisely traveled to Florida to kick off the season. After enduring a brutal winter like all of us, the Friars picked up three wins in four games in decidedly pleasant conditions at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.
Although the highly anticipated openings of the Paul Hruby Ice Arena and the pool at Ridgeland Common won't happen until mid-June, Oak Parkers can check out the new synthetic turf field and reopened dog park this weekend. Both amenities will debut Saturday at an event hosted by the Park District of Oak Park.