Planning and Construction

Heather Gleason, Director

The Division of Planning and Development plans and manages the Park District’s Capital Improvement Program. As part of this process, the Department manages land acquisitions; conducts inventory and historic analysis; designates landmarks; establishes design standards for parks; produces initial development plans and design documents; reviews landscape and architectural plans for parkland; performs research and policy analysis; writes grants; and works with other park departments, community groups, and city agencies to determine the location, scope, and design of parks.

The Division of Capital Construction directs and manages the District’s capital construction projects. These may involve the construction, restoration and/or rehabilitation of District facilities, structures, landscapes, monuments, and infrastructure, as well as the development of new parks. Members of the department provide construction project management, design implementation, technical and professional support, and finance management. This department is also responsible for managing the District’s Job Order Contracting program, and for issuing District permits to outside contractors.


Capital Improvement Plan

This Capital Improvement Plan presents the Chicago Park District’s forecast for facility improvements over the next five years. Each project was selected through careful consideration and with valuable input from advisory councils and other community stakeholders. Through our long-term plan and commitment to enhance the quality of life throughout Chicago, we will continue to provide excellent recreation opportunities, beautifully maintained facilities, and a customer focused and responsive park system.

Visit the Capital Improvement Plan page.


Framework Plans

The purpose of a Park Framework Plan is to create a long-term plan for the park that responds to diverse neighborhood needs as well as the historic context of the park. The plan provides a vision for improvements to the park over time and serves as a planning tool for both the community and the Park District. The plan outlines priorities and ensures that improvements are done in a coordinated and holistic manner. The plan is consulted as capital funding becomes available.
 

Documents: Framework Plans

Name Size Published
PDF Document Burnham Park - Morgan Shoal Framework Plan 10MB 11/2/2015
PDF Document Grant Park Framework Plan 73MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Lincoln Park Framework Plan 15MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Northerly Island Framework Plan 30MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Washington Park Framework Plan 9MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Schreiber Park 2006 Framework Plan 1MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Pulaski Park 2003 Framework Plan 3MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Ping Tom Memorial Park 2002 Framework Plan 3MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Midway Plaisance 2000 Framework Plan 2MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document LaFollette Park 2001 Framework Plan 4MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Kennicott Park 2005 Framework Plan 1MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Jonquil Park 2007 Framework Plan 2MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Jefferson Park 2005 Framework Plan 1MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Jackson/South Shore Framework Plan 12MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Holstein Park 2003 Framework Plan 3MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Harrison Park 2003 Framework Plan 706KB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Columbus Park 2002 Framework Plan 1MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Clark Park 2012 Framework Plan 3MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Clarendon Park Framework 2008 Plan 2MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Calumet Open Space Reserve 2005 Plan 6MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Burnham Park 1999 Framework Plan 14MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Athletic Field Park 2005 Framework Plan 1MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Wilson (Frank) Park 2005 Framework Plan 3MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Spruce 2006 Framework Plan 2MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Smith Park 2007 Framework Plan 3MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Bloomingdale Trail and Park 2012 Framework Plan 30MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Gompers Park Framework Plan 6MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Big Marsh 2014 Framework Plan 8MB 9/15/2015
PDF Document Park 566 Framework Plan 7MB 5/7/2015
PDF Document Make Way for Play 2012 14MB 2/20/2013
PDF Document The Lakefront Trail User Study 16MB 8/28/2012

Dog Friendly Areas

A City of Chicago ordinance requires dogs to be on leashes in public areas for the protection of fellow residents, as well as the dogs themselves.  To offer all the dogs in the city some room to move, the Chicago Park District has supported the development of several Dog Friendly Areas (DFAs) to provide safe places for dogs to exercise, play, and socialize legally “off-leash.”

The Chicago Park District has procedures for establishing a DFA in your community. 
To learn more about the procedures, review the Establishing a DFA Comprehensive Package.

For an overview of the process, review the Establishing a DFA Checklist.

For questions, email us.  

Documents: Dog Friendly Areas

Name Size Published
PDF Document Establishing a DFA Comprehensive Package 2MB 1/22/2016
PDF Document Dog Friendly Area Participating Veterinarians 70KB 10/16/2014
PDF Document Establishing a DFA Checklist 251KB 7/17/2013