Work On Bloomingdale Trail To Begin

By Chuck Sudo in News on Aug 23, 2012 9:00PM

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Photo Credit: Colin Clinard
ABC 7's Ron Magers reported earlier this week that construction on the Bloomingdale Trail would begin later this month.

Magers reported that artwork, playground equipment and seating would be installed at a vacant lot at Milwaukee and Leavitt, which will be turned into one of many parks to be built along the length of the nearly 2.65 miles of railroad track that hasn't been in use for over 20 years.

In another sign that construction of the Bloomingdale Trail would begin in earnest the Chicago Park District extended its contract with the Trust for Public Land to continue as manager of what will become the longest elevated park in the world when it's completed in Fall 2014.

The Trust for Public Land will manage arts integration into the final design and construction plans; work with the City and Chicago Park District to ensure proper review process for private grant reimbursements from the Trust to the City or Park District; manage the $30 million Bloomingdale program fundraising campaign and conduct feasibility for potential enhancements campaign; convene weekly Park District project coordination meetings; convene and staff Bloomingdale Leadership Council and Arts Commissioning Committee and weekly agency team meetings.

The Park District's contract with the Trust for Public Land expires Aug. 31, 2015.