The 606 is an innovative project on Chicago's Northwest side that will transform nearly three miles of unused rail line into the elevated Bloomingdale Trail, which will be linked to five ground-level neighborhood parks.
In 2007, TPL acquired a property and held it until it could become part of this new 2.6-acre neighborhood park in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood.
In the parks-poor West Lawn neighborhood of Chicago, the five-acre playing fields of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception hosted little league baseball games since the early 1960's.
At the Betsy Ross Elementary School, in the South Side Woodlawn neighborhood, officials had assembled all but a single lot for a new park, when they called on TPL for help with the complex final transaction.
At the request of the city of Chicago, TPL optioned a former rail yard to expand tiny Senka Park in this predominantly blue-collar neighborhood on southwest Chicago and transferred it to the park service over three years.
Nearly 40 years after Chinatown's only public park was demolished to make way for the Dan Ryan Expressway, the South Side neighborhood celebrated the dedication of Ping Tom Memorial Park, a new five-acre jewel on the Chicago River.
In 2005, park activists in the park-poor Logan Square neighborhood sought to expand one-acre Haas Park.
In 2005, when Cicero's Clyde Park District learned that the home next to North Clyde Park was for sale, they partnered with TPL to move quickly and secure the property, giving the town time to obtain a grant to purchase the lot, expand the park, and create more green space in a densely populated