Edit to Active Transportation Alliance article: Jackson Park’s proposed visitor’s center

In a piece I published on February 22 about the Active Transportation Alliance’s proposal for road diets and pedestrianization I questioned why there wasn’t a greater emphasis on removing parking lots and roads in more of Chicago’s parks, including Jackson Park on the South Side. To my joy I found a very serious plan to do just that: if you haven’t heard about it yet, there are calls to build a new visitor’s center in Jackson Park as part of a larger plan (spearheaded mostly by members of the community) to improve the park. The center would be built on what is currently a parking lot. Three cheers for better use of public space!


The Museum of Science and Industry as seen from the Osaka Garden.

The proposed $10 million center is getting more support and a Frederick Law Olmsted expert may be working on the project very soon. It is situated between the Columbia Basin and 59th Street Harbor.

For more information on these proposals go to a Crain’s Chicago Business article here or the Jackson Park Advisory Council’s website here to learn more about Jackson Park.