Mayor Emanuel Proposes Park, Garden Improvement Projects in Six Chicago Neighborhoods
Financial measures proposed today to City Council would utilize Open Space Impact Fees to help create, expand, and improve five park and green spaces on the South, North, Northwest and Southwest Sides. The fees are generated by new residential development projects and allocated toward open space projects within the City’s 77 community areas.
Brown Memorial Park
, 634 E. 86th St. Brown Memorial Park
in Chatham would be expanded onto an adjacent, .15-acre parcel owned by the Chicago Park District through $105,000 in Open Space Impact Fees. The funds would be used for site preparation costs, landscaping, and fencing. The balance of the $135,000 project would be financed by the Park District. The seven-acre park is named for Sidney Brown, the first African-American firefighter to die in the line of duty in Chicago.
Kil-Parker Community Garden, northeast corner of Kilpatrick and Parker avenues Kil-Parker Community Garden would be developed in Belmont Cragin by the NeighborSpace land trust on .23 acres of vacant land owned by Schubert Development LLC. The City would provide approximately $41,000 in Open Space Impact Fees to partly finance the installation of raised beds, native plants, a play area, walking path, benches, and a gazebo. The balance of the $69,000 project would be paid by the property owner. NeighborSpace would maintain the site for use by local residents.
Christiana Playlot Park
, 1533 S. Christiana Ave. Christiana Playlot Park
in North Lawndale would be doubled in size through approximately $32,000 in Open Space Impact Fees. The funds would be used to help pay for the park’s expansion onto .14-acres of adjacent land and the installation of trees, fencing and landscaping. The Chicago Park District would contribute $24,000 to the project.
6049 S. Whipple St. A new, .09-acre playlot would be constructed in Chicago Lawn through $41,000 in Open Space Impact Fees that would be applied toward landscaping, fencing, and playground equipment cost. The balance of the $247,000 project would be paid by the Park District.
42nd Street Garden, 4200 S. Vincennes Ave. The 42nd Street Garden in Grand Boulevard would receive $35,000 in Open Space Impact Fees for the installation of a dedicated water hydrant. Owned by NeighborSpace, the .14-acre site is maintained as a public garden by community residents.