Located on the city’s Northwest Side, Park No 572 is known as the Bloomingdale Trail. Stretching between Ashland Ave (1600W) and Ridgeway (3750W) at Bloomingdale Ave (1800N), the Bloomingdale Trail is part of the new 606, an innovative elevated green space. The 606 is a transformative project that turned an old railroad embankment into a recreational trail and park system. Several ground-level parks--- Churchill Field Park, Walsh Park, Park No. 567, and Julia de Burgos Park are included in the system. Above the street, the trail accommodates walkers, runners, and bikers. An observatory for spectacular views of the sunset over our city was made possible by a grant from the Exelon Corporation. The trail also includes various art installations, educational programming, and other amenities. Serving as a community connector for some of Chicago’s most densely populated neighborhoods including Bucktown, Wicker Park, Logan Square and Humboldt Park, the 606 has turned the physical barrier of old railroad embankments into a unifying park and elevated trail system. In addition to serving more than 100,000 people who live within walking distance, the 606 has captured the excitement of the entire city. We look forward to sharing The 606 with you and your family.
Official plans for converting the Bloomingdale Line into a public space date back to the late 1990s, when it was included in the City’s Bike Plan. In 2003, the City’s Department of Planning and Development held a series of public meetings to determine how to bring new open space to the City’s underserved Northwest side, forming the basis of what would become The 606. The 2004 Logan Square Open Space Plan called for an ambitious reuse of the former industrial rail corridor. This spurred the formation of the Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail, a group of residents who would champion the project for the next decade, dedicated to making the vision become a reality. Knowing the Trust for Public Land’s work creating Haas Park in Logan Square, members of the Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail reached out to the national non-profit, which helped bring together a coalition of city and civic organizations to move the project forward. From industrial beacon to impromptu nature trail to innovative public space and alternative transportation corridor for the next generation, the Bloomingdale Line has been the site of innovation since its inception.
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