Four park and garden projects proposed for West and South sides

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Four open space improvement projects would move forward on the West and South sides through financial proposals introduced to the City Council by Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Austin Town Hall Park, 5610 W. Lake St.

TIF assistance in the amount of $1.5 million would support improvements to the fieldhouse at Austin Town Hall Park in the Austin community. Upgrades would include ADA-compliant entrances, lobby and locker room renovations, and auditorium improvements. The TIF assistance would reimburse the Chicago Park District for the entire cost of the project.

John Donovan Park, 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.

TIF assistance in the amount of $850,000 would support the expansion of Donovan Park in Bridgeport onto 0.5 acres of nearby land. The funds would be used to remediate and redevelop land at 3609 S. Lituanica as passive open space. The TIF assistance would reimburse the Chicago Park District for the entire cost of the project.

West Pullman Park, 401 W. 123rd St.

TIF assistance in the amount of $1.4 million would support renovations to the fieldhouse at West Pullman Park in the West Pullman community. Improvements would include roof and masonry repairs, new plumbing electrical and drainage systems, repairs to the swimming pool area, and auditorium upgrades. The TIF assistance would reimburse the Chicago Park District for the entire cost of the project.

Mason Community Garden, 1114 S. Mason Ave.

City-owned land being used for the Mason Community Garden in Austin would be sold for $1 to the NeighborSpace land trust, which will provide liability insurance for continued use by community residents. The 3,100-sq.-ft. garden would be improved with play and nature areas, a community gathering space, and a walking path. The site would continue to be managed as a public garden by the local block club.

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