Reframing Ruin: Redesigning Outdoor Space to bring the Community Together

by / Tuesday, 07 May 2013 / Published in iCORE, Industry Spotlight, Industry Trends

Chicago Elevated Park

Cities around the world have been coming up with innovative ways to repurpose their existing space to bring together the community.  The Bloomberg Trail Project in Chicago is a prime example of increased investment in parks and community building.

Through the Bloomberg Trail project, Chicago is transforming nearly 3miles of run down, abandoned train line into an urban oasis.  The ultimate goal of this project is to bring the community together; connecting neighborhoods, parks and people.   This elevated park will tie together four currently separate neighborhoods including Wicker Park, Humboldt Park, Bucktown and Logan Square, and five neighborhood parks.

Chicago Elevated Park_Proposed2

As of the latest published designs, the park includes trails for bikers and runners which will make regular activities such as getting to work or school that much easier.  The park also includes beautiful landscaping and areas for people to mingle.  In total, the project boasts numerous benefits including health, public safety, environmental and transportation.

So far the Bloomberg Trail project has gained tremendous community involvement and support. Everything from fundraiser walks to designer open houses where community members have the opportunity to weigh in on the park designs.   All of this community building has taken place before Chicago has even broken ground on the park.

Construction is scheduled to begin in Summer 2013 and as of right now, the project is on track for completion in fall 2014.