The Chicago Park District, with support from US EPA, has engaged a project team led by Tetra Tech, Inc. to complete an Area Wide Plan focusing on nine southeast-Chicago open space sites: Big Marsh, Park 566, Steel Workers Park, Van Vlissingen Prairie, Indian Ridge Marsh, Hegewisch Marsh, Whitford Pond / O’Brien Lock, the north end of Lake Calumet, and Mittal Woods. The goal of this project is to develop an updated and achievable strategy for a connected network of ecological and recreational resources in southeast Chicago. The proposed outcome of this study is development of a comprehensive plan that:
- Considers, integrates, and celebrates accomplishments and outcomes of past Calumet-area planning efforts.
- Develops a community-supported vision for southeast Chicago as a connected region of strong neighborhoods and a recreation or eco-tourism destination for visitors.
- Outlines strategies for land use and transportation improvements that result in the implementation of a connected network of ecological, cultural, and recreational resources with easy local and regional access.