Park District Approves the Design Contract for Park 553, the Former Celotex Site

On Wednesday, May 9th the Park District Board took another step forward in developing Park 553 at 2800 S. Sacramento Ave in the Little Village neighborhood.  The Board approved a contract which will allow Smith Group JJR, a Detroit-based landscape architecture firm, to create the park’s design.

According to the details of the contract, the new park will contain a significant number of amenities, including:

  • Soccer fields
  • Soft surface playground with spray features
  • Baseball fields
  • Skate park
  • Walking and jogging trails
  • Basketball courts
  • Community gardens
  • Public art

The development of this park is crucial for a number of reasons.  Little Village is among the city’s most park poor neighborhoods, and Park 553 will add more than 18 acres of open space, playgrounds, and athletic fields.  Additionally, the site was formerly home to an industrial facility – a “brownfield.”  Although the land was remediated in the late 2000′s, the land has been abandoned since the factory was demolished.  Creating a park on this land will transform this land, which has long been a drag on the community, in to an incredible asset.  Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the creation of this park is something that the community has long desired and resident involvement in the design process will make this park successful from day one.

In short, Friends of the Parks believes that this new park will do a great deal for the Little Village neighborhood and will continue to monitor its progress to ensure that the community is actively engaged throughout the design and construction phases.

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