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See What Big Marsh's New Bike Park Will Look Like

By Kelly Bauer | June 11, 2016 12:22pm | Updated on June 21, 2016 10:37am

CHICAGO — The city broke ground on Big Marsh's new bike park Saturday morning.

The 40-acre bike park in the South Deering neighborhood will be open to cyclists of all ages and will feature a variety of trails, courses and ramps, according to a news release from the Mayor's Office.

The park is being built on former slag fields where it was unlikely the city would be able to grow plants or help create habitats, according to the news release.

“No bike park like this exists in the Midwest. When complete, the park will be an asset for residents and an attraction for tourists,” Mayor Emanuel said. “We are transforming what was an industrial site to a place where families and children from across Chicago can experience nature.

"Breaking ground on Big Marsh is building on Burnham’s vision for the City of Chicago and providing a recreational asset to the Far South side,” the mayor said.

The bike park will be completed by the winter, the Mayor's Office said.

Check out new renderings of the park:

[Courtesy Mayor's Office]

[Courtesy Mayor's Office]

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