Michele Smith

North Side alderman supports 24-acre riverfront park, if it can be funded

North Side alderman supports 24-acre riverfront park, if it can be funded

A North Side alderman has thrown his support behind a proposed 24-acre riverfront park — if there’s a way to pay for it.

Ald. Brian Hopkins, 2nd, wants to see the park built, but said he needs cost estimates in hand before proceeding.

“Who wouldn’t want a 24-acre park in their ward?” Hopkins said. “But as of this point, no one has talked about potential funding for it.”

Hopkins has requested that the Chicago Park District conduct a study to estimate the cost of the ambitious project, including buying the land. “I asked them to expedite it,” Hopkins said. “We should know (the cost) soon. We have to get an idea of the price tag before we go in search of funding for...

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