NORTH BRANCH PARK & NATURE PRESERVE
A new urban district of unprecedented scale is underway in Chicago along the North Branch of the Chicago River. Approximately 18 million square feet of new, mixed use development is envisioned with population projections that exceed 50,000 people within a few years.
The economic benefit of this development for Chicago is significant. However, if a large scale public park is not integrated to complement the current vision, access to the Chicago River will be constricted by dense urban walls of high-rise buildings for people that live and work in them.
The Chicago River belongs to all Chicagoans and access to it should be publicly guaranteed.
Therefore, a 24-acre publicly-owned riverfront park and nature preserve is proposed along the east bank of the Chicago River between North Avenue and Cortland Street. This is the last large tract of land in the North Branch Corridor that could be assembled for this use.
Publicly-owned parkland is also important given the fact that more than 90,000 Chicagoans already live within a half mile of the North Branch Corridor today.
NOW OR NEVER
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NORTH BRANCH PARK PRESERVE ADVOCATES
A coalition of civic advocates representing the Chicago design, environmental, neighborhood and sports communities prepared this Vision to demonstrate the value of a publicly-owned park preserve. No firm or individual has been paid on behalf of any land owner or special interest. All work presented herein was produced by volunteers for free.
If you agree with this call for a large-scale, publicly-owned riverfront park and nature preserve, click "YES" to add your support
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North Branch Park project could cost up to $200 million, backers say - Chicago Tribune
North Branch: Brace for the influx - Chicago Tribune
What happened to ‘make no little plans,’ Mr. Mayor? - Chicago Tribune
Emanuel to unveil open space plan to bolster ‘two-waterfront’ city - Chicago Sun-Times
The North Branch Remake and a Riverfront Park: Dream Big - Chicago Tribune
Friends, Coalition Partners Release Plan for North Branch Park & Preserve - Friends of the Chicago River
Community Groups Intensify Push for New North Branch Park - Chicago Architecture
Grab the chance, Chicago, to create a green jewel along the North Branch - Chicago Sun-Times
Aldermen, Group Push To Preserve North Side Riverfront - Bucktown Patch
Group Wants Parkland on Riverfront Swath Ripe for Development - Connect Chicago
Battle brewing over future of North Branch of the Chicago River - Chicago Sun-Times