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Parks, Trees Win Big in 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Election

By Benjamin Woodard | April 27, 2015 11:09am
 Goldberg Park, at 7043 N. Glenwood Ave., will get a drinking fountain and new gate.
Goldberg Park, at 7043 N. Glenwood Ave., will get a drinking fountain and new gate.
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ROGERS PARK — Residents of the 49th Ward voted to spend $1 million of Ald. Joe Moore's discretionary budget on street resurfacing, new drinking fountains and gates at neighborhood parks, a Clark Street crosswalk, bus stop benches, murals and a turf field at Langdon Park.

Results of the 2014 Participatory Budgeting election were released over the weekend.

Moore said in an email to constituents that 1,841 people had voted, the highest turnout since he launched the initiative six years ago.

Ward residents voted to allocate 62 percent, or $620,000 of the budget on street resurfacing. Six blocks of streets, four blocks of alleys and two blocks of sidewalks will get special treatment.

Here are the other approved projects:

• Park Improvements: New indoor drinking fountain at Pottawattomie Park, an outdoor drinking fountain at Goldberg Playlot and new gates at Goldberg and Harold Washington playlots.

Estimated cost: $140,000

• Parkway trees: 100 new trees to be planted across the neighborhood.

Estimated cost: $68,000

• Clark Street crosswalk: Install curb cuts, accessible ramps, a crosswalk and signage at the north side of Chase Avenue crossing Clark near the Chicago Math and Science Academy and Touhy Park.

Estimated cost: $20,000

• Bus Benches: New benches at six locations, including at Clark Street and Rogers Avenue, Clark and Birchwood Avenue, Howard Street and Sheridan Road, Rogers and Greenview Avenue and Ashland and Morse avenues.

Estimated cost: $14,000

• Underpass murals: Five murals at the Metra viaduct at Lunt Avenue (north and south walls); CTA viaduct at Albion Avenue (north and south walls); and the CTA viaduct at North Shore Avenue (south wall only).

Estimated cost: $30,000

• Astroturf field: Replaces basketball court at Langdon Park with turf field.

Estimated cost: $100,000

Artistic street identifiers, a mosaic at New Field School and a $150,000 kayak storage facility at Leone Beach Park did not garner enough votes to be approved.

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