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The public is invited to view the proposed concept for the water spray feature

The Chicago Park District announces new capital improvements to Touhy-Herbert Park, located at 2106 W. Adams St., in the Near West community area.  

A community meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 12th at 6 p.m. to present the initial designs to the public. The park’s enhancements feature a new, welcoming “Gateway” with a concrete spray feature as its centerpiece as well as surrounding benches, paths, and improved landscaping. In addition, the proposed designs include a picnic area, repairs and expansion of the existing pathways throughout the park, expanded fencing, and renovations to the existing baseball field, including a new scoreboard and seating.

The spray feature design proposal offers engaging spray feature amenities for different age groups, including toddlers, teens, and adults visiting the park. Moreover, a newly-constructed gym as well as a multipurpose clubroom at the school adjacent to the park, will provide shared space for the Park District and Chicago Public Schools to use for indoor programming. Construction is anticipated to begin in late Spring with substantial project completion slated for the end of year 2024. TIF funding for this project is supported by the 27th ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. 

“I am proud to be able to contribute to making the quality of life better for our residents by helping to bring new park improvements to the youth and families that visit the parks in the 27th Ward. The park enhancements proposed by the Park District will improve our community experience, and create welcoming spaces for our neighbors to recreate, interact and enjoy the outdoors,” said 27th ward Alderman, Walter Burnett Jr. 

“Working collaboratively with our local elected officials makes essential capital projects possible. Together, we can do good for our communities,” said Chicago Park District Superintendent and CEO, Rosa Escareno. “We are excited to partner with the 27th ward and Chicago Public Schools to expand access to outdoor and indoor recreation in the Near West community area.”

WHEN:          Tuesday, March 12th at 6 p.m.

WHERE:        Virtual community meeting. Log-in at

MORE:           Touhy- Herbert Park is a nearly 4-acre park named after John J. Touhy, a city         alderman from 1917 to 1926 and American musician, composer, and conductor             Victor Herbert. The Park, created in 1928, was officially transferred to the             Park District by the City of Chicago in 1957.