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Neighborhood: North Lawndale

Site Address: 1320-1332 South Pulaski Rd

Hours to Visit: The park is open 7 days a week dawn to dusk.

Project by: The Bittertang Farm

About the PermaPark:

In 2003, CCA Academy began a Wellness Program to increase the awareness of the impact of unhealthy eating, the lack of physical activity, and obesity. This evolved into the CCA urban agriculture/ecology theme that integrates learning with real world experiences utilizing two urban gardens, a greenhouse, a bioswale, four beehives, and a 1200 gallon aquaponics system. These unique, personalized learning opportunities allow students to develop the skills needed to earn their high school diploma, create lifelong learning opportunities, and pathways for careers. 

For the past three years, CCA has been developing a permaculture food forest, PermaPark, on six vacant lots at 1320 -1332 South Pulaski Road. PermaPark brings fruit and produce to the community, provides a safe green space, and brings people together – allowing us to nourish one another as we take care of the earth.

About CCA Academy:

CCA Academy is a community-based high school founded in 1978. It is a Youth Connection Charter School (YCCS) located in Chicago’s North Lawndale Community. CCA Academy provides students, ages 16-21, who have completed eighth grade with a second chance to earn a high school diploma through a rigorous educational program, extracurricular activities, and supportive services that prepare students with the academic, social, and life skills to enroll in higher education, vocational training, or seek gainful employment. CCA Academy's mission is to create lifelong learners.

Upcoming/Current Events

Partner Programs

Petal Power

30 Oct, 2021
Sat11:00am - 3:00pm

Join CCA Academy for it’s annual fall bulb planting in PermaPark.

CCA Academy PermaPark
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In Person

Past Events

PermaPark Pampering

16 Oct, 2021
CCA Academy PermaPark
Workshops

Willow weaving and Cob building

14 Oct–16 Oct, 2021
CCA Academy PermaPark
Workshops

Whirlwind Learning Center Poetry Series at CCA Academy PermaPark

25 Sep, 2021
CCA Academy PermaPark
Youth & Family

I AM Speaker Project Opening Reception

25 Sep, 2021
CCA Academy PermaPark
Site Activations

POETREE Empowers thru Music and Spoken Word

18 Sep, 2021
CCA Academy PermaPark
Site Activations

Vaccination Celebration

17 Sep, 2021
CCA Academy PermaPark
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Biennial Projects

The Living Room
The Bittertang Farm