There’s good news and there’s bad news with the 606 Project.
The old railroad on the North Side being repurposed into a bike and pedestrian trail that runs through a series of parks will not open in the Fall as originally planned. It’s new target date is June 2015.
The polar vortex of 2014 took it’s toll on everyone, including the Bloomingdale Trail. It impeded access to the site and the frozen ground made the work harder, officials say.
The three mile elevated trail connects four communities; Bucktown, Wicker Park, Logan Square and Humboldt Park. There are six street level parks that double as entrances to the trail. And – the good news – a new four-acre park in Logan Square has been added as part of the plan.
There are 2300 children within walking distance of this new ridgeway park on the western end of the Bloomingdale Trail. Logan Square has the second fewest parks of any Chicago neighborhood. There’s no completion date for the park but it will be later than the rest of the 606 Project.
The City and the Trust for Public Land built The 606 with public input. And with the addition of the new park, they’re looking for input. There’s a meeting Saturday where project leaders will update their progress and listen to ideas.