Financing Approved to Enhance Two North Side Open Spaces

December 12, 2018


LaSalle Language Academy in Lincoln Park and West Ridge Nature Center in Lincoln Square will receive Open Space Impact Fee (OSIF) funding for proposed improvement projects under a plan approved by City Council today.

Chicago Public School’s LaSalle Language Academy, at 1734 N. Orleans St., will receive $750,000 in OSIF for the replacement of an asphalt schoolyard with a new a multi-use artificial turf field and playground for use by community residents and students. The balance of the $1.5 million project will be paid for by Chicago Public Schools.

The Chicago Park District’s West Ridge Nature Preserve, at 5801 N. Western Ave., will receive approximately $88,000 in OSIF for the installation of children’s play area to provide outdoor space for hands-on nature experiences. The improvements will include a hill, climbing logs, wooden benches, boulders, musical wind chimes, and other amenities.

Open Space Impact Fees are generated by new residential develop projects to improve and expand public open spaces within the City’s 77 community areas.



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