This morning I attended a meeting hosted by the Friends of the Parks in Chicago (FOTP). FOTP are doing a study of the “Last 4 Miles” of the Chicago Lakefront that will result in a plan to give public access to the entire Chicago Lakefront. There are two miles on the south side and two miles on the north side.
Highlights of the meeting were:
- 25 or so in attendance, all friendly types like Open Lands, Nature
Conservancy, Bicycle Federation, and our collaboratives the ASLA and AIA
- Check out the FOTP web site to see their preliminary design concepts:
- It was mainly a show and tell session but they may look to organizations for endorsements of their plan in the future; this meeting and others is a start of a process to broaden their outreach effort.
- Eleanor Roemer, staff Policy Director of FOTP (312-857-2757; (roemere [at] fotp.org), said they were looking for opportunities to present their plans; I told her about our [Illinois APA] conference in October and she was very interested; I told her I would pass this information on to T.J. and his team; I think it would be really good if we could find a spot on the program for this.
- They will be doing a EIS on their plan; they said it would be to the standards of a federal EIS and it will include cost information.
John H. Paige, AICP
2108 W. North Avenue, #2N
Chicago, IL 60647