Plainfield Park District cancels special meeting, Pride event will go on

The Prairie Activity & Recreation Center (PARC) in Plainfield. Photo from Facebook

The Plainfield Park District announced Monday that it would not be holding a special meeting about Pride Fest 2022, handing a defeat to anti-LGBTQ groups.

The district made the announcement through its Facebook page.

The park district was the target of anti-LGBTQ protests last week by people opposed to the Pride Fest because it was family-friend and would feature drag performances. It is one of several efforts to prevent drag events across Chicago’s suburbs.

“In keeping with its vision of aspiring to be innovative, diverse and inclusive in administration, recreation and preservation; the Plainfield Park District intends to honor its contractual obligation to license space to Plainfield Pride for the October 16 event,” the district said in their post.

The district said it would continue to work closely with law enforcement officials and community partners to monitor any public safety concerns.

The Plainfield Park District Board of Commissioners will host its next regularly-scheduled board meeting Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 6 p.m. at the Prairie Activity & Recreation Center (PARC), 24550 W. Renwick Road in Plainfield.