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2005 Forest Preserve District Picnic Permit Process Now Online

Friday, December 03, 2004
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County Forest Preserve District Commissioner Larry Suffredin is pleased to announce that District picnic permits for 2005 will be available to the public for purchase starting on January 3, 2005 and that some categories of permits will now be available online. Commissioner Suffredin enthusiastically supported the District's new online picnic permitting process at the December 2, 2004 Board meeting.

The new online system will be launched on January 3, 2005 when the permit process officially opens. The public will be able to apply for and purchase Forest Preserve District W (25-99 persons) and X (100-399 persons) category permits directly from the Forest Preserve District's website at www.fpdcc.com. Online payments for the permits can be made using a Visa or MasterCard.

Individuals or groups requesting the Y (500-999 persons) or Z (1,000 or more persons) category permits will still be required to apply in person at District Headquarters located at 536 N. Harlem Avenue in River Forest. The office is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The new online permitting process will enable the public to obtain picnic permits in a faster more convenient way, eliminating the need for every permit seeker to apply in person at District Headquarters. However, individuals requesting a W or X category permit are still welcome to apply in person at District Headquarters if they wish to do so.

To help accommodate application requests during the first week, the public can apply for picnic permits in person at District Headquarters or in downtown Chicago at 69 West Washington, lower level. Both locations will be open January 3rd to 7th. The January 3rd hours of operation will begin at 6:00 a.m. and will end when the last person in line has been serviced. January 4th to 7th hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. After January 7th, in person applications will only be processed at District Headquarters.

"This is a great step forward for the Forest Preserve District and I applaud its efforts to make use of technology to make it easier for the public to access services," commented Commissioner Suffredin.

Suffredin added, "The Cook County forest preserves represent one of the largest urban areas of open space in the nation and thousands of families, organizations, and individuals enjoy our beautiful lands each year. The new online picnic permit process will make it easier for the public to obtain picnic permits for their special events."

Commissioner Suffredin reminds the public that all groups of 25 or more are required to have a permit to hold picnics or special events in the forest preserves.

For more information or questions on the Forest Preserve District of Cook County permit process or rules, please visit www.fpdcc.com or call District Headquarters at 800-870-3666.


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