CITY HALL — A new neighborhood park proposed as part of the DePaul arena development deal was cleared Thursday by the Plan Commission.
The park, which will include a playground, a plaza, a water-play area and a dog park, is meant "to help provide more open space in that area, which has a dearth of open space," said Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd).
It was announced last year as a benefit to the community connected with the new DePaul arena and a $400 million hotel. The Prairie District Neighborhood Association touted designs for it in November.
With design already complete, and $2 million in Tax Increment Financing funds already set aside, Dowell said, "Hopefully, they'll start [work] on it this year."
According to Dowell, it will be maintained by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority as part of that deal involving the DePaul arena.
The plan moves on to the City Council for final approval.
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