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June 25, 2014

Park Improvement, Community Garden Proposed for West and South Sides


Financial measures introduced today to City Council by Mayor Rahm Emanuel would enable upgrades to a West Side park and the construction of a new South Side community garden.

Garfield Park, 100 N. Central Park Ave.
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) in the amount of $5.5 million would reimburse the Chicago Park District for improvements to Garfield Park's conservatory and field house in the East Garfield Park community.

$3 million in TIF would be used to replace glass-paned roof panels that were destroyed on the conservatory during a 2011 hailstorm. The $15 million restoration project also includes repairs to the facility’s foundation, vents, and drainage systems. The remainder of the project’s cost is being funded by the Chicago Park District.

$2.5 million in TIF would be used to renovate Garfield Park’s golden-domed field house, a City of Chicago landmark. Enhancements to the two-story, Spanish Revival-style structure would include the restoration of its distinctive dome and vaulted veranda. The balance of the $3.35 million project would be funded by the Park District.

Originally known as Central Park, the 184-acre site was renamed in 1881 in honor of slain President James A. Garfield.

71st & Crandon Organic Garden, 2301-07 E. 71st St.
A vacant, City-owned lot in South Shore would be redeveloped as the 71st & Crandon Organic Garden through a proposed sale to the NeighborSpace land trust, which would own and insure the property for use by community residents. Proposed sale price is $1.

“I am pleased to continue the City’s partnership with NeighborSpace. The work by NeighborSpace empowers City residents to enjoy our City’s beauty in their own back yards and allows us to expand our network of community gardens,” said Mayor Emanuel.

The 7,000-square-foot garden would be managed by a local garden association and block club. Site preparation and development would be financed with $200,000 in 5th Ward Aldermanic funds.


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