Do we love Evanston? You bet! That’s why we shared our community pride by marching in the Evanston July 4th parade. But it was a lot more than just a stroll down Central Street. SEA marched alongside our friends at No Park Sale to deliver a clear message—that Evanston parks must be kept for the public, not sold for private or commercial uses.
SEA has been working with No Park Sale, Central Street Neighbors’ Association, and Evanston Parks and Lakefront Alliance (EvPLA), over the past 4-5 months, to convince the city of Evanston not to sell the Harley Clarke Mansion and property for commercial or residential development.
Alderman Judy Fiske (first Ward) visited with the SEA, No Park Sale and EvPLA marchers at the parade staging area to show her support. SEA President, Sheila Sullivan stated: “We are grateful for the invitation from No Park Sale to join them today.” Three other SEA members marched with Sullivan.
The beautiful sunny weather drew large crowds along the parade route, many cheering and clapping to show their support of SEA’s message. “The enthusiastic response we received is a clear indication of community support,” Sullivan said.