Great Rivers Chicago: Near South Side, Public Open-House Meeting

October 28, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Central Daylight Time

Ping Tom Memorial Park Leonard M. Louie Fieldhouse
1700 S. Wentworth Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616
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Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown is an example of the potential of our 100+ miles of riverfront in Chicago.

During this meeting, we discussed…

Key Concerns/Challenges:

  • Riverfront development spurring gentrification
  • Need for safe, easy and equitable access to rivers and riverfronts
  • Balance between more development to attract tourists/resources, industry for better jobs and preserving natural areas

Key Priorities/Opportunities:

  • More recreational opportunities along the South Branch, Main Stem of the Chicago River
  • Continuous bike path connections from surrounding communities to river trails, from downtown to South Branch, etc.
  • Better job opportunities along rivers

Big Ideas:

  • Restaurants and museum by Bubbly Creek and Canal Origins Park
  • Collateral Channel water access, green open space
  • Canoe and kayak leased storage at Ping Tom Park Boathouse for private boats
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