CLARENDON HILLS – The Prospect Park dinosaur made his official arrival in Clarendon Hills on May 27, and was welcomed to town by hundreds of Prospect School students.
The life-sized sculpture of a Tyrannosaurus rex was unveiled and named during a ceremony arranged by the Clarendon Hills Park Foundation. The newly formed foundation hopes to add additional statues and works of art across the park district during the next decade as part of its Arts In Our Parks program, the news release stated.
The new green T. rex was brought to Clarendon Hills through a cooperative partnership between the Clarendon Hills Park Foundation and the Clarendon Hills Park District. Children attending nearby Prospect School were invited to participate in a contest to name the new dinosaur, with their teachers transforming the competition into a lesson on government.
Two political parties were formed – Party T and Party Rex – with students participating in both a primary and general election to select the winning moniker. The chosen name – Jurassic Jimmy – was revealed at the May 27 event, but it appears many residents will be calling their new neighbor JJ, according to the release.
After making some dino-mite cameo appearances around town at Daisy Days and Dancin’ in the Streets, Jurassic Jimmy will find a permanent home next to the Clarendon Hills Park District’s Prospect Pond this summer. People are reminded that the work of art should not be climbed.
Former Clarendon Hills Park Board President and longtime Commissioner John Steeves serves as one of the founding trustees of the new Clarendon Hills Park Foundation. Other members include Mary Williams, Rosemary Grant, Jan Koranda, Robin Randall, Dr. Sheetal Rao, Mary C. Brown and Paul Flood. For more information on the foundation, visit www.CHParkFoundation.org or email CHParkFoundation@gmail.com.