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Beach Path, Street Art Among Possible 49th Ward Budgeting Projects

By Benjamin Woodard | March 28, 2014 9:57am
 Glenwood Avenue cobblestone restoration and Clark Street bike lanes were approved by voters in 2013.
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ROGERS PARK — A new walking path at Hartigan Beach, street intersection art and new carpeting for the Rogers Park Library are among the projects 49th Ward residents can vote for in this year's participatory budgeting election.

In all, $1 million of Ald. Joe Moore's discretionary budget, which can be used on infrastructure projects, will be on a ballot in April.

Residents can learn about the other possible projects at two upcoming expos: 10 a.m. Saturday at Pottawattomie Park, 7340 N. Rogers Ave., and 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Church by the Lake, 7100 N. Ashland Blvd.

Last year, residents voted to spend 62 percent of the budget on street resurfacing and another $80,000 on sidewalk repairs. Other winning projects included a cobblestone restoration of a portion of Glenwood Avenue, a Sheridan Road pedestrian safety engineering study and Clark Street bike lanes.

Cecilia Salinas, Moore's budgeting coordinator, said three runner-up projects from last year would return to the ballot, including bus stop bike benches, a water feature at Pottawattomie Park and a small AstroTurf soccer field at Langdon Playlot Park.

Like in past years, Salinas said, street resurfacing will return to the ballot. She said with an especially brutal winter that tore up many neighborhood streets, she expects it to be a top pick for ward voters.

A full list of projects will be presented at the upcoming expos.