Friends of the Parks: Free Lecture Our Eroding Lakefront and the Last 4 Miles
When: Monday, February 24, 2020, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Where: The IDEA Studio, 111 E. Wacker Drive, #222 Register here. The Netsch Lecture Series is free and open to the public.
Netsch Lecture: Our Eroding Lakefront and the Last 4 Miles
Keep abreast on critical and urgent information as we break lake level records and new challenges emerge for the Chicago lakefront.
While people who live right on the water in South Shore impacted by high lake levels and more frequent and severe storms, a serious threat to our water supply is taking shape in South Chicago.
Friends of the Park is protesting a US Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to build a 25-foot extension of a pollution dump—a Confined Disposal Facility (CDF)—on the shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Calumet River. The current CDF is on Chicago Park District land and is long overdue to be capped and turned into a park that connects with the immediately adjacent Calumet Park.
About the Last Four Miles
26 of Chicago’s 30 miles of Chicago lakeshore are public parks. The Last Four Miles runs from 71st Street to the Indiana border. Plans have been created over the last 50 years and not implemented. The latest 2006 plan called for limited park expansion between 71st and 75th Streets to connect South Shore Cultural Center with Rainbow Beach Park, and additional park and beach development at the former U.S. Steel South Works. The plan includes completion of the lakefront path from 71st Street to the Indiana State Line. The design includes almost 400 acres of new parkland, new beaches, sports fields, greenways, and nature areas for South Chicago neighborhoods, which urgently need additional parkland. More info here. Last Four Miles Brochure
About the Friends of the Parks’ Walter Netsch Lecture Series
The series honors renowned architect Walter Netsch’s vision and leadership that changed the culture of the Chicago Park District in the 1980’s. The lecture series offers free quarterly lectures on topics of parks, the environment, urban planning and public policy. There hasn’t been a lecture since 2017. Glad to see they’re back.