November 14, 2018

Proposed Financing Would Enhance Two North Side Open Spaces


LaSalle Language Academy in Lincoln Park and West Ridge Nature Center in Lincoln Square would receive Open Space Impact Fee (OSIF) funding for proposed improvement projects under a proposal submitted to City Council today by Mayor Emanuel.

Chicago Public School’s LaSalle Language Academy, at 1734 N. Orleans St., would receive $750,000 in OSIF for the replacement of an asphalt schoolyard with a new a multi-use artificial turf field and playground for use by community residents and students. The balance of the $1.5 million project would be paid for by Chicago Public Schools.

The Chicago Park District’s West Ridge Nature Preserve, at 5801 N. Western Ave., would receive approximately $88,000 in OSIF for the installation of children’s play area to provide outdoor space for hands-on nature experiences. The improvements would include a hill, climbing logs, wooden benches, boulders, musical wind chimes, and other amenities.

Open Space Impact Fees are generated by new residential development projects to improve and expand public open spaces within the City’s 77 community areas.


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