Chicago is set to break ground on a 13 acre elevated park later this year, but city officials insist that it won't be anything like New York's famous High Line. Slated for a 2.7 mile stretch of an abandoned railway trestle that hasn't be used since the 1900s, the Bloomingdale Trail and Park will be a green transport artery that will link several neighborhoods in the city as well as certain sections of the city's metro line. Entirely funded by the public, unlike the privately-funded High Line, this great new green lung is expected to be completed towards the end of 2014.
As the design process for the Bloomingdale Trail and Park nears completion, several important details distinguish Chicago’s new elevated park from the High Line. Whereas cycling is not permitted in the New York park, Chicago is specifically creating a green corridor that will allow walkers and cyclists to reach six major anchor points throughout the city. And if that is successful, an additional trail will be extended to the Chicago River and Kennedy Expressway, which will make a series of ritzy lakeside neighborhoods more accessible as well.
A $91 million project that is completely community driven, Arch Daily notes, the Bloomingdale Trail and Park is eligible for $39 million in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement funds. The remaining funds have yet to be sourced, but the Mayor’s office announced that the project will break ground in either late spring or early summer this year. Slated to initially link Bucktown, Wicker Park, Logan Square, and Humboldt Park, the new urban park will hopefully get the good people of Chicago outside enjoying nature again!
Via Arch Daily
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