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West Town Could Get New Public Park Right Next To Kennedy Expressway

By Alisa Hauser | June 28, 2017 5:29pm
 City-owned land at Milwaukee and Erie could become a public park under a proposal from Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Park Proposed At Milwaukee and Erie
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WEST TOWN — A new public park would be developed on city-owned land in West Town through a proposal introduced Wednesday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Located on the southwest corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Erie Street, the nearly 1-acre park would be designed and built using $643,000 in open space impact fees. The money would be equally split toward environmental cleanup and landscaping costs.

Open space impact fees are generated by new residential development projects to accommodate the need for open space across the city.

The site, in the 600 block of North Milwaukee Avenue near an Ontario Street feeder ramp to the Kennedy Expressway, would be transferred to the Chicago Park District after completion of the work.

The Park District will run the park, but there will be no programming there.

The proposal is scheduled to be considered next month by the City Council.

City-owned land that could become a park [DNAinfo/Alisa Hauser]

Aerial view of the nearly 1-acre city-owned land parcel [Google Maps]

City-owned land at the southwest corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Erie Street [DNAinfo/Alisa Hauser]