North Branch Park and Nature Preserve would be located two miles north of the Main Branch, in balance with Ping Tom Park located two miles south of the Main Branch. It would serve as an important component of a Chicago River Park Network that better connects neighborhoods, enhances the environment, and elevates the quality-of-life for current and future generations.
The North Branch Park and Nature Preserve could feature river edge treatments to improve river ecology and welcome human engagement. Natural areas could provide important habitat for birds and other animals, while also mitigating urban heat island impacts, managing stormwater, and cleansing the air.
The park could contain both active and passive recreational features with separated bike and pedestrian trails that connect to transit, “The 606,” the Lakefront, Goose Island and neighborhoods in every direction.
Investment is this park preserve is intended to promote citywide health and wellness, environmental conservation, and social justice. Health and wellness improvements would increase opportunities for people to be physically active in both individual activities and team sports. Environmentally-sensitive design, educational features, and programming would foster stewardship for land, water, plants, and animals. Social justice would be addressed by providing a large park very close to the underserved Wicker Park and Logan Square areas and ensuring equivalent access as a welcoming publicly-owned place for all Chicagoans.