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Ronan Park will get a new public plaza, while work to stabilize the shoreline from erosion and remove invasive species will take place at Legion and Kiwanis parks.

LINCOLN SQUARE — Four parks along the north branch of the Chicago River and North Shore Channel are getting upgrades to improve their shoreline ecosystems and add amenities. 

In 2018, a 4-foot dam at the confluence of the north branch and North Shore Channel was demolished by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help restore the river ecosystem. Since then, the Park District has removed invasive trees and other plants to restore the habitat — which has led to neighbors spotting snapping turtles hatching near Horner Park and great blue herons hunting for fish near River Park.

Now, River, Legion, Ronan and Kiwanis parks are getting various upgrades to expand on that work.

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