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Pediatricians to Help Spruce Up Chicago Lakefront Parks


On eve of American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 national conference, attendees will volunteer at a Chicago community park


CHICAGO – Pediatricians arriving in Chicago for a national conference in September will first spend some time sprucing up Jackson Park on Chicago's lakefront.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has organized a volunteer event for members planning to attend the 2017 National Conference & Exhibition taking place at McCormick Place West, Sept. 16-19. At noon on Friday, Sept. 15, more than 50 pediatricians have registered to join the Chicago Parks Foundation to perform park cleanup at Jackson Park, 6401 S Stony Island Ave.

They'll perform a variety of tasks to keep park grounds well-maintained to ensure that families can continue enjoy the parks and benefits of outdoor play. Among the projects, volunteers will pull weeds from flower beds, paint playground equipment and structures and general clean up the grounds of the park.

The volunteer event was organized as the AAP's eight annual "Community Cares" project, which takes place during the academy's national conference to give members a hands-on opportunity to tackle issues affecting children's health and well-being. Pediatricians attending the National Conference enjoy the opportunity to contribute to the city hosting the conference and connect with the people who live there. 


For more information about this event or other news at the AAP national conference, contact the AAP Department of Public Affairs at 847-434-7877, or at From Sept. 15-19, public affairs staff are available in the press office in room Grant Park CD of the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, or by phone at 312-528-8210.


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About the American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 66,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @AmerAcadPeds.

About the Chicago Parks Foundation

The Chicago Parks Foundation was established to be independent in the collaborative spirit. Our team works side by side with communities, corporations, foundations and the Chicago Park District to build relationships and programs to support our amazing Chicago parks and the communities who love them. The mission of the Chicago Parks Foundation is to build a stronger community dedicated to supporting and conserving parks in Chicago and instilling a sense of stewardship in this and future generations. Follow us on Twitter @ChiParksfdn.