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 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.