New Projects Coming to Chicago Parks:  Park District Superintendent on WBEZ

New Projects Coming to Chicago Parks:  Park District Superintendent on WBEZ

Michael Kelly, Superintendent of the Chicago Park District, recently joined WBEZ’s Morning Shift to discuss improvements coming to Chicago Parks. Projects include upgrades at Humboldt Park Beach, the creation of Big Marsh bike park on the Southeast side, and a boathouse in Bridgeport’s Park 571.

Kelly’s goal is to “offer something for everyone” in Chicago’s parks.

In addition to these investments, the City of Chicago is in the midst of a five-year project to renovate over 300 aging playgrounds in parks throughout the city through the Chicago Plays! Playground Program. Dr. Slater and her team at the Illinois Prevention Research Center are studying the impact of these park renovations on park use and physical activity.

Click here for Kelly and Tony Sarabia’s full conversation, including a brief history of Chicago’s parks and Kelly’s “home” park, Mt. Greenwood.

To learn more about the Chicago Park District’s budget and budgeting process, check out the 2016 Budget Summary.

 

PHOTO CREDIT

About the banner image at the top of this page: Humboldt Park Field House was photographed by Daniel X. O’Neil and used by the Illinois PRC via Flickr under Creative Commons 2.0.

 

This post was written by Amber Uskali, who lives in the “park poor” neighborhood of Avondale, Chicago.

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