WEST ROGERS PARK — A 1.6-acre park on Kedzie Avenue would get lights under plans introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the City Council.
Park No. 557, which had garnered attention last year after an Australian diplomat vied to name the park after American-Australian architect Marion Mahony Griffin, consists of nothing more than a few paths, benches and trees in the 7300 block of North Kedzie Avenue.
The lights would be installed for the "illumination of night time activities and safety purposes," according to a statement from the mayor's office.
The lights would be funded with $24,000 from a city fund created by Open Space Impact Fees, which are collected from developers to create more park space in the city.
Chicago Park District spokeswoman Jessica Maxey-Faulkner said the bid to rename the park for Griffin — who, with her husband, designed the Aussie capital city, Canberra, a century ago — had been abandoned.
"Another location is under consideration," Maxey-Faulkner said.
The proposal introduced last month for new lighting would need approval from the City Council.
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