Dear friends,

The lawyer for the Archdiocese of Chicago entered the meeting room in a matter-of-fact manner and announced to several of us listening, “Recreation is NOT our mission.” The words hit hard. Her point was to remind us from the Back of the Yards neighborhood that the Archdiocese needs to be protected from any liability. In other words, the playground we were petitioning for at the old St. John of God site would not be approved.