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Pier passes on ice until after Thanksgiving

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Without input from Mayor Daley's Fishing Advisory Committee, the Chicago Park District decided to sell pier passes at ice rinks. But not until Friday, Nov. 28.

Now, I don't have a major problem with selling pier passes, which grant legal access to certain piers in the off season for boating, at the ice rinks instead of Henry's Sports/Marine, except for all these reasons:

It strikes me as logistical nightmare
Fishermen are more apt to be in Henry's than an ice rink, even a neighborhood one
Fishemen fish early, hours before ice rinks open
Staff at Henry's knows more about the passes and any issues than staff at the ice rinks

And bottom line, and this really gets under my skin, the whole reason for the formation of Mayor Daley's fishing committee in the first place was to deal with just this sort of issue with input from actual fishermen, not just desk people at the park district.

It's a slap at everybody who ever invested the time to attend or participate in the fishing committee meetings.

If I get more reasoning from the park district why the decision was made this way, I will post again.

Until then, below is the information for purchasing pier passes from the park district:

The pier passes will be available for sale beginning Friday, November 28, at any of the Chicago Park District's nine ice rinks throughout the city:

Daley Bicentennial Park, Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St.


Hours: Monday, 10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.; Tuesday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 5 - 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

McFetridge Sports Center, California Park, 3843 N. California Ave.


Indoor rink open Wednesday and Friday, 3:30 - 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 4:30 - 6 p.m. for all ages
Wednesday, 9:15 - 10:30 p.m. for adults
Friday, 9:15 - 10:45 p.m. for teens and adults

McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Road, 312-747-5992

Wednesday - Sunday, 12:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Midway Plaisance Park, 1130 Midway Plaisance North (east 59th Street at Woodlawn), 312-745-2470

Monday - Thursday, 12 - 7 p.m.; Friday, 12 - 4:30 p.m., 5 - 7 p.m.; Saturday, 1-9 p.m.; Sunday, 12 - 7 p.m.

Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111 St., 312-747-3690

Wednesday - Sunday, 12:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Riis Park, 6100 W. Fullerton Ave., 312-746-5735

Wednesday - Sunday, 12:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Open Christmas and New Year's Day from 12-4 p.m.

Rowan Park, 11546 S. Avenue L, 773-646-1967

Wednesday - Sunday, 12:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Ave., 773-761-8663

Wednesday - Friday, 3 - 5 p.m., 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m., 3 - 5 p.m., 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

West Lawn Park, 4233 W. 65th St., 773-284-6078

Wednesday - Sunday, 12:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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