Vote to help Chicago park win free fruit orchard

April 11, 2010 9:26:32 AM PDT
Five Chicago parks are eligible to win a free public fruit orchard from Edy's Fruit Bars and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation's "Communities Take Root," contest currently under way.

Plant your vote by going to and vote for either one of the following parks:

  • Jackson Park, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.
  • Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
  • Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.
  • Humboldt Park, 1400 N. Sacramento Ave.
  • Garfield Park, 100 N. Central Park Ave.

You can vote one time each day, and every day, until the voting ends on August 31 at 11:59 PST. Five winners will be announced the first of each month, May 1, 2010 through September 1, 2010.

"The Park District is excited to be part of the Communities Take Root program," said Tim Mitchell, Chicago Park District Superintendent and CEO. "We are urging Chicagoans to plant their vote and help one of the contending parks reap the benefits of having a potential fruit orchard in their neighborhood park."

In 2008, the Chicago Park District partnered with the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation and planted the first-ever mature public fruit tree orchard in a major metropolitan city at Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave. Some of the trees measured more than 25 feet in height and 5000 pounds in weight. The Kilbourn Park fruit tree orchard has helped improve air, soil, and water quality of the surrounding environment while providing park visitors with improved nutrition from fresh fruits.

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation is a unique nonprofit charity dedicated to planting edible, fruitful trees and plants to benefit needy populations and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water. To learn more about all of FTPF's programs, please visit

For more information about the "Communities Take Root" contest, go to