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Friends of the Parks unveils new lakefront plan

From the Chicago Sun Times:
“Chicago’s lakefront would become an uninterrupted stretch of parkland with bicycle and walking paths that lead from Indiana to Evanston under a plan unveiled this morning by a park advocacy group.

Currently, Chicago has 26 miles of lakefront parkland but the Friends of the Park wants to see opened to the public a stretch that the group calls “the last four miles:” pockets from the North Side to the South blocked by anything from industrial parks to residential high-rises.

The proposal is the culimination of four years of work, including meetings with residents, architects and engineers, said Erma Tranter, who heads the Friends organization. The cost of the plan, which the group puts between $350 million and $450 million tops the political hurdles to get this done may be tough, Tranter agreed.

But she’s hoping that completing the work in phases, along with federal stimulus dollars, might cover the costs.” Continue reading.

Also read: Chicago Tribune – The last four miles.. & Huffington Post – Ambitious Plan..

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