May 23, 2018

Open Space Projects Proposed for Five Chicago Neighborhoods


Four parks and two schools would receive open space improvements through financial measures proposed today to City Council by Mayor Emanuel.

Hawthorne Elementary Scholastic Academy, 3319 N. Clifton Ave.
Hawthorne Academy in Lake View would undergo $570,000 in improvements involving a new basketball court and playground, outdoor classrooms, raised planters, fencing and landscaping.
The project would be supported with $350,000 in Open Space Impact Fees, which are used to create and enhance open spaces in each of the City’s 77 community areas. The balance would be paid with $60,000 in 44th Ward aldermanic funds and $160,000 from Chicago Public Schools.

Bridgeport Dog Park, 3159 S. Halsted St.
A new dog park would be created on City-owned land at in Bridgeport through its sale for $1 to the Chicago Park District. The .07-acre project would include $268,000 in landscaping improvements funded by Open Space Impact Fees.

Louis A. Agassiz Elementary School, 2851 N. Seminary Ave.
Agassiz School in Lake View would receive $285,000 in Open Space Impact Fees for costs associated with the replacement of an asphalt schoolyard with artificial turf, outdoor classroom space, play areas and a drainage system. The balance of $326,250 project would be paid for by Chicago Public Schools.

Spikings Farm Playlot Park, 4706 N. Pulaski Road
Spikings Farm Park in Albany Park would be supported with $137,500 in Tax Increment Financing assistance for the 2015 installation of new playground equipment. The funds would reimburse the Chicago Park District, which installed the equipment through Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! playground renovation program.

Essex Park, 2501-05 E. 83rd St. City land being used for a 0.36-acre park in South Chicago would be preserved as public open space through its sale for $1 to the Chicago Park District. The site was improved with landscaping and seating in 2001.

223-27 W. 110th Place
Two vacant, City-owned lots in Roseland would be sold for $1 each to the Park District for development as a new park. The work would be financed entirely by the Park District, which plans to hold community meetings regarding its design and amenities.


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