The Lincoln Central Association’s Oz Park Enhancement Efforts

Based in Chicago, Brian L. Kasal serves as a Senior Vice President with a major financial firm. A longtime volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, Brian L. Kasal also actively supports the Lincoln Central Association, which is dedicated to enhancing life and preserving the architectural heritage in one of Chicago’s most historic neighborhoods. One of the organization’s lasting contributions has been the maintenance and improvement of the district’s many recreational areas, including 13-acre Oz Park.

Named in honor of writer L. Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz and a former area resident, the park was established in the late 1960s and encompasses tennis and basketball courts and a baseball field. In addition, fitness enthusiasts enjoy running on the jogging paths that lace the park, and children have access to a large-scale playground. The Emerald City Gardens are set aside as a quiet area of the park.

One of the Lincoln Central Association’s most colorful contributions is a series of statues of characters from the Wizard of Oz. The Tin Man statue was the first; other pieces include the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and Dorothy and Toto. The Lincoln Central Association supports the efforts of the Oz Park Advisory Council in ensuring that the park continues to be a functional green space that area residents of all ages can enjoy.

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