Englewood alderman will make local history the focus of neighborhood bike tour

June 18, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

This weekend, Englewood is joining the list of Chicago neighborhoods with their own alderman-led community tours.


The tour, led by 15th Ward Alderman Toni Foulkes, will make stops at the local library and firehouse, Growing Home, the South Side neighborhood’s urban farm and job training site, and a new water park playlot built last year on Hermitage Avenue.


Foulkes has been holding a bike tour of Chicago Lawn, the other neighborhood encompassed by her ward, since 2008, with the goal of promoting exercise and wellness to ward residents. But this is the first time she is leading a tour of Englewood, the neighborhood to the east.


“We’re telling the good stories of Englewood. Everything is not always bad,” Foulkes said.   “I’m a hands-on kind of alderman, and this is for anybody who wants to come over here and ride with us. We’ve had people from the North Side come. It’s about having fun.”


The tour will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Bread of Life Missionary Baptist Church on West 63rd Street, where a local bike club holds its meetings, Foulkes said.


Foulkes said she’ll be talking about the history of the ward and some recent developments at each stop on the mile-long biking route.


“We’ll go to Firehouse Engine 116 Squad 5, which does the most runs in the city. We’ll go to the new water park playlot, where finally this summer the water will be flowing. We’ll go to Growing Home and get some watermelon,” she said. “And my hope is this won’t stop after the 22nd, it will keep going, get people back out, mingling among neighbors.”

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