Congratulations to the Park District of Oak Park on securing the funds for the new building in Austin Gardens. This is a project very near and dear to my heart, as I was closely involved with its planning for many years when I was on the board of Festival Theatre. Not only will the nature center be a plus, but Festival Theatre patrons will have real bathrooms to use for the shows, and its actors should be able to have dressing rooms that meet Equity standards.
There are many ways this building can serve the dual goals of the Austin Trust, which is dedicated to both nature and culture. I am glad to hear that the park district is in touch with the Festival Theatre board about the plans and look forward to attending shows in the park with the enhanced atmosphere.