The following was sent to Mayor Suozzi and is here at the writer's request.
On Sunday, July 5, the Morgan Park Summer Festival initiated its opening concert, the musical production Carousel, to a mass audience. The evening was a perfect setting, both weatherwise and the stage an idyllic setting with the sunset enhancing a myriad of boats and craft dancing on the water. Never before was the parking field filled to an overflowing with so many autos.
With the termination of the performance, the alternate exit from the park through the chained iron gates unexpectedly greeted those of us who live in the Landing area or who had parked their vehicles on Landing Road. Someone, a park attendant or a police person thoughtlessly locked the gates before the performance ended. Those of us who entered the park through the gates were met in the dark by the unexpected situation. The only alternative was to reverse our steps needlessly in the dark, dragging our folded chairs to the only remaining exit, the parking lot which was overflowing with a bedlam of cars trying to egress in an unavoidable, disorderly way. Aside from the danger of pedestrians trying to make their way, the exodus required an unexpected lengthy walk with the burden of dragging folding chairs. Additionally, the danger of an incessant stream of cars leaving the parking lot lent itself to the potential of an auto hitting someone crossing the street in the dark. All this because, for the first time in my recall of perhaps 30 years, someone callously created a needless, dangerous situation. I trust, calling this to the attention of City Hall, and to your newspapers, this thoughtless incident will not be repeated.