Gompers Park Greenway

Gompers Park Greenway, ChicagoPhoto credit: Tom Evers

A lively and diverse neighborhood, Chicago's Albany Park is a popular place to live. Space, especially green space, was becoming increasingly scarce in 2002 when The Trust for Public Land helped the Chicago Park District acquire approximately three acres of land linking two existing parks located in Albany Park. The natural "greenway" connector between Gompers Park and Eugene Field Park allowed for the development of hiking and biking trails along the North Branch of the Chicago River, a canoe launch, and increased stream bank protection. More immediately, it provided the residents of this growing community with natural gathering space along the river and increased access to ballfields, hiking trails, and a community swimming pool.

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