Mayor Emanuel pushes to improve Chicago parks | Chicago News


In a nod to Chicago architect Daniel Burnham, Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a plea Tuesday to energize city parks and the lakefront.

The plan, Building on Burnham, includes a redesign of part of the 18-mile lakeside bike and running path, improvements along the Chicago River and additional recreational amenities at select city parks. town.

“With this new plan, we will put an opportunity for every child to stay safe, stay engaged, and stay on the path to a brighter future,” Emanuel said in a statement. “Every child in every neighborhood deserves to have these opportunities at their fingertips. Soon they will.

Updates to the Lakeside Bikeway include creating separate lanes for cyclists and runners from Fullerton Avenue to Ohio Street and 31st to 51st Street. The mayor also discussed various pending projects including a Riverwalk expansion project in the South Loop, the opening of the Eleanor Boathouse in Bridgeport, connecting Pilsen and Little Village via a trail rail project called the Paseo and the construction of two bicycle/pedestrian bridges, one at Albany Park and another at Horner Park.

On Monday, the mayor announced plans for five artistic “gathering spaces” along the Burnham Wildlife Corridor, a 100-acre strip of land along the southern edge of the town’s lake. Designed by local artists and community groups, the publicly accessible spaces are expected to be open by June.

Rendering of one of "gathering spaces" (Courtesy of the City of Chicago)Rendering of one of the “gathering spaces” (Courtesy of the City of Chicago)

Additional programming under the new parks proposal includes a rock climbing wall to be built at Steelworkers Park in South Chicago and an indoor athletics facility at the South Side’s Gately Park, among other projects.

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