Amazon removes Hub lockers from Chicago parks after community pushback

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Amazon has removed delivery lockers from two Chicago parks after residents complained they were blocking the sidewalk, according to reports.

Hub lockers were placed in two locations last week – Brands Park and Forest Glen Playlot – as part of a deal with the Chicago Park District to have Amazon place lockers in more locations.

On Friday, 33 Ward Alderwoman Rossana Rodriguez shared photos of the locker at Brands Park, objecting to the placement of the lockers.

“[A]Apparently it was installed in the wrong place and will be moved,” Rodriguez tweeted. “But the fact that Amazon is using our public parks for this due to austerity is infuriating.”

By Sunday, the lockers at Brands Parks had been removed. Rodriguez said there would be “no further installation of Amazon lockers in parks until there is a review of the process.”

The Forest Glen Playlot locker was also removed after 39th Ward Alderman Samantha Nugent raised objections to it, Block Club Chicago reported.

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Amazon said it was “taking action” to address community concerns.

“We are also reviewing our other locker facilities in partnership with Chicago Park District to ensure they are all located in appropriate areas that serve both customers and the community,” the company said in a statement to Chicago FOX 32.

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The Chicago Park District, meanwhile, said it worked with Amazon to identify park locations for the company’s lockers to be installed in 2020 and 2021.

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The locations will be scattered throughout the city in neighborhood parks to provide this convenient convenience to area residents. These facilities are placed as an additional offering for our park guests and community members.”

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