City parks

The school year is almost over, but that wasn’t the reason for celebration in Hell’s Kitchen Wednesday. A public school in desperate need of a new playground finally got one — and the students played a big part in making it happen.

The 606 Park and Trail opened to cyclists, runners, and pedestrians Saturday morning. Hundreds of bicyclists took the inaugural ride along the new North Side trail, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Some people who worked toward the long-awaited opening of the Bloomingdale Trail died before it happened. And many who will enjoy the trail have been born since the project began inching forward more than a decade ago.

Portland boasts an enviable system of parks and trails, treasured by residents and tourists alike. But as the city's population grows the community must evaluate open space priorities. For more than 20 years, The Trust for Public Land, Portland Trails, and... Read more

If you’ve seen New York City’s celebrated High Line, you might expect Chicago’s long-awaited 606 (and its elevated portion, the Bloomingdale Trail) to look similar. After all, they’re both elevated rail beds converted into green pathways. But while the... Read more

The 606, which takes its name from Chicago's ZIP code prefix and whose centerpiece is a 2.7-mile recreational and cultural trail, is a bold and potentially brilliant reinvention of a dormant and derelict elevated freight line that blighted Northwest Side... Read more

For community stakeholders interested in transforming vacant lots, it may seem easier to clean up blighted areas than to change public opinion about the area of South Los Angeles widely known for its infamous riots. Yet, several community-based... Read more

Queens residents won’t just be able to walk the QueensWay if and when the proposed 3.5-mile elevated park is constructed. They’ll be able to eat it too.

For the third straight year, Minneapolis has been judged to have the best city parks in the country. But this year, it’s sharing that distinction with a familiar rival: St. Paul.

Many residents of Minneapolis will tell you that the vast park system is the crown jewel of the city. Well, the folks at The Trust for Public Land will back that up. The nonprofit organization's 3rd annual ParkScore® index gave Minneapolis a perfect "5-... Read more

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